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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Scrapbooking By The Numbers - 3

 Today we continue the series about "Scrapbooking by the Numbers" - because often the number of photos I want to put on a page helps to dictate the layout.  Today we're looking at some layouts using 3 photos and blocking techniques.  I often find with three photos that a combination of photo blocks and journaling blocks works nicely. For this first one you can see that I cropped the photos to focus on the subject.  I then arranged them into blocks - the second photo being 1/2 the size of the first and the third photo being 1/2 the size of the 2nd. A journaling block and title block taking up the rest of the space.

This page also demonstrates a couple of  fun techniques I like to use.
  • Title - putting the title on a blown up part of the photo. In this case, the title is backed by a photo of the water and grasses.  
  • Journaling - Because the page background was white, I felt the journaling block would look better with white writing on a dark background.  Of course, printers don't print in white, so I couldn't print onto a dark cardstock.  Instead, I created a "photo" that had a coordinating dark background (this is actually a blow-up of one of the photos - if you look closely, you can see a touch of the grasses in the upper left corner) and then added white text.  Now I can print that up just fine!

This page follows a similar blocking pattern, but the title and text are not quite as clearly blocked with the text printed directly on the background and the title overlapping the pictures. Layering an embellishment on an angle also adds some interest.

Sometimes I like to not only layer my title, but my photos as well.  You'll notice that in this case, the biggest photo is NOT the focal point, the photo that is layered on top of it is.  Layering the title on the largest photo helps to make it recede into the background.  Layering the focal photo on top of it (with a white mat) helps the focal stand out, but so does the much larger size of the lighthouse in the focal photo.

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