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Saturday, March 24, 2012

All Landscape 1 - Basic


For the next several Saturdays, we'll take a look at the challenge of creating scrapbook pages with photos that are all landscape oriented.  A bunch of horizontal lines on your page tend to make the page feel peaceful -- sometimes too "peaceful"?  How do you keep them from getting boring?  

Today's examples are pretty basic. On this first page, increased interest is created by the enlarged size of the focal mat and the strong contrast created by the colors used for the multiple matting, but there are a couple of other techniques used here too. Though the background is essentially horizontal lines, their subtle waves decreases the "boring" effect that too many horizontal lines could create.  This effect is enhanced by adding the title at a slight angle rather than putting it straight horizontally.

Here's another rather basic layout using all landscape photos:
In this case, the peaceful horizontal feel is a bit stronger - not only because of the horizontal photos, but also because of the strong contrast in the matting that creates very strong horizontal lines.  This, frankly, makes the layout a bit more boring.  However, this is mitigated a bit by the conscious use of vertical stripes in the background to add energy to the page, and once again placing the title at a bit of an angle.

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