Thursday, October 11, 2012

Photos Blog Hop

Welcome to the Photos Blog Hop!  If you've arrived from Steffanie's blog, then you're on the right path.  If not, please go to Amanda's blog to start from the beginning.  There is a lot of inspiration along the way so you don't want to miss it!

I love doing layouts using different numbers of photos.  At first, I wasn't very comfortable only using one or two photos on a page but the more I scrapped, the easier it became.  See, I have problems with a lot of white space.  I'm almost scared of it.  I often think there's something missing and I spend a lot of time trying to fill it up.  I am getting better at embracing the "emptiness" though.  :D

However, my true love is doing double-page spreads using multiple photos.  Maybe it's because I always take a ton of photos, no matter if it is a special event or an everyday happening.  Or maybe because multiple photos fill up a lot of white space, which is more in line with my style.  Getting a good design is challenging when using several photos but it's definitely possible.  I am a huge fan of Allison Davis - her style suits mine to a T and I love her sketches.  I've used them many times and I think that she's starting to rub off on me; I can now put together a two-page spread much quicker because I've used her design principles and they're more natural for me.

For the blog hop, I signed up for 5 or 6 photos.  As I leafed through my photos, I found these ones of my little guy.  It was his first fall and he'd never really played in a pile of leaves before.  I wanted some photos with the kiddos in the beautiful colours.  Since we're in the middle of autumn, I figured these would be good photos to play with.

As always, I start with my photos and then choose my paper.  I dug through my stash and found these papers that I think fit perfectly with the colours in the photos.  I love it when I can use up older products and make them work.  I don't use a whole lot of paper with words on it as I sometimes find it distracting but for some reason, this worked for me in this layout.



I decided to try Steffanie's idea of using wine corks as buttons on my page - love it!


Not sure that I love this flower on this layout but I do like the flower:


Here's a pic of the other cork button, along with a close-up of the the transparency overlay on the vertical photo on the right.


And my journalling:


I hope you enjoyed your stop here.  If you'd like to be entered for a small RAK, please leave a comment and become a follower.  :)

Please hop over to Laura's blog for the last stop on our hop.

17 comments:

Heather M said...

I have the same problem with empty space. Love the cork idea for a button!

Miriam Prantner said...

The wine corks are so cool! Great layout, love all the photos!

Becky said...

Love it Dana!! And the paper with the words works well on this LO, not distracting at all!

Jennifer DeWolfe said...

What a great layout! I bet A loved the leaves ... I know I used to when I was kid. In fact I still find myself driving to neighbourhoods with big old trees and marveling at the yards covered in leaves. I can't wait for out little stick tree to grow up big and do the same :)

The wine corks are a great idea!

Steffanie said...

LOVE that you tried the cork buttons and thanks for the link back to my blog ;-). They look great! Such cute photos. Keeping the background on the more neutral side really helps your photos stand out. Love the transparency, too! BTW---I like the flower!

Melinda said...

Love the cork buttons-been seeing them lately and will have to give it a try!

Tulip Scrapper said...

Beautiful fall pictures and a very pretty layout. I've got to try the wine-cork button trick!

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Jen Foster said...

This might just be my favorite one I've seen tonight...shhh, don't tell the others ;). I love what you did with the cork screw buttons. It fits right in with this layout. Gorgeous colors!

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Pam said...

Love the cork pieces and I like the flower on the LO ! Lovely !

Jordan said...

I love all the little details! I became a follower. Thanks!

Moongirl said...

I love Allison Davis' sketches too. You did a really nice job with this and I would have thought it was from one of her sketches. Love the Fall colors, the button and I think the flower is cute!

Devra said...

Dana, this is beautiful. You do 2 page LO's so well. All the little details are stunning, as are the photos.

Mandi said...

I love the use of cork. Those flowers are too cute.

melshappyscrappyplace said...

Those wine cork buttons are genius!! I love the fall colors and cute pics on this LO :)