Another week of gallery goodness for you today! This time we’re focusing on photos or more specifically, how scrappers can make their photos the focus of their layouts. The five scrap artists featured today have highlighted their photos in different ways through different techniques or products.
First up is Stellamarie’s The Sweetest Season. Our eyes are immediately drawn to that sweet face for good reason. In addition to amazing clustering and shadowing, she placed the elements in strategic spots to put the focus on the photo. See the chevron and word strip to the left of the photo? They’re pointing toward the photo. And notice the way she placed the three slightly larger flowers around the photo to create a visual triangle (top right:blue flower, middle left: pink flower, bottom right: yellow & white flower)? Gorgeous!
Tanteva’s Anna Challenge: Shame also centers on the subject’s face but the photo is to the left of the center of the page so this adds some visual interest. Plus, she extends and blends a portion of the photo behind the frame so it gives the photo more impact. Lastly, she crops her photo within the frame so that the subject’s eyes are the focus. With the idea from the old saying that “eyes are the windows to the soul”, this works perfectly with the vulnerable theme and honest journaling.
Heather Prins is one of the queens of masking and blending as evidenced by her Big Smile layout. Heather used masking to create a natural frame for those adorable girls. By putting the yellow berries cluster to the bottom left of the older girl, it visually frames the two girls on the left side. The word art at the top left and bottom right creates the top and bottom portions of the “frame’. Heather then blended away portions of the photo to further emphasis that natural frame. But here is what I love best about this LO. Look carefully at the photo. Notice anything between the two girls? If you take a good look at the area between the two girls, you’ll see a reflection of maybe Mom and Dad (taking the pic) in the window! Pretty cool photo technique, huh? Definitely something I want to try in future family photo shots.
Nzsuzsa’s My Home is so delightful and fun, you might miss all the amazing things she has done to create this LO. She expertly blended and masked and used a variety of elements strategically placed but it’s how she used the house art that really captured my attention. See how she used the windows in the houses to frame her photos? It looks like she did some watercolor effect and blending so that her family is peeking out of the windows of “their” houses. Sooo clever!
Adryane used the layer blending modes to up the intensity of her striking photo in her Anna Challenge (Frame It) – Blue Door layout. After clipping her photo to the mask, she moved the photo around until the bottom of the photo seems to fade away in the blending and watercolor splats. So play with blending modes and photo placement. Sounds too simple to get a stunning layout like this? Thankfully, Adraynne shared her process so just click on the layout link and you’ll see it posted under her photo. 🙂
There was just waaaayyy too much jaw-dropping art in the gallery this week so I kept adding to my Faves and now I have plenty of photo-focused inspiration. Why not take a stroll of your own through the O gallery and see what catches your eye? Then try to recreate the photo focus in your own layout. You might just be surprised by the amazing layout you create.