During my recent vacation, I took over 1500 photos! It can be difficult to tackle scrapbooking with such an abundance of pictures and not feel overwhelmed. Here’s a suggestion for you. Instead of attempting to fit all of the photos on one page, try telling the story with just one photo. A single photo captures a moment in time evoking strong emotions. It can also provide context, allowing the viewer to understand the story behind it. Now, you might be wondering, “How do I choose just one photo?”
Start with the story that you want to tell. Does the photo have contextual information visible in the background? Do colors, objects, or textures contribute to the story you are telling? Who is the subject of the story?
This photo captures a cherished memory of my husband’s playful spirit and sense of humor. The colors, patterns, and textures depicted in this picture had a significant impact on my product decisions and where to use them in my layout.
By having just one photo, it can become a significant focal point on the page. The story is in the details – that’s why I opted for a circular photo with an intricate frame. Each component of the frame serves a purpose in conveying the story.
Paige Evan’s floral wreath was the perfect starting point. It allowed me to bring in an array of flamingo pink with lots of texture. To add some depth to the floral elements, I incorporated a layer of tropical leaves on top. Bramble Fox’s cut file had a diverse range of images to select from, so I opted for two shapes cut from distinct patterns to create a diverse and interesting design.
The acrylic title from the July Fox Box helped me express the message behind the photo: pure fun. Below that, I added a sentiment that provided more information for the viewer.
After shopping my craft stash, I discovered a few more elements to add to the page. This included some bright florals, a plan tree, flamingos (of course), and a few more sentiments.
Before you question the absence of journaling, keep in mind that I do believe that a written story plays a critical role in providing context. While a photo can capture the moment, it may not be sufficient to convey the entire story, including who was involved, when it was taken, or where it happened.
In today’s video, I explain more about my selection process for this page and show you how to create balance with a single circular photo.
Next time you take a photo, think about the story you want to tell and the message you want to convey on your next scrapbook page, and try using it to tell the story. One photo is a powerful storytelling tool.
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I hope this inspired you to try something new. If you have any questions about this project or the supplies listed above, feel free to leave me a comment.
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