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.