This month we have a fabulous scrapper, Emma Zappone joining us as our April Guest Artist. Em
created a beautiful page for the Valentines Sketch Challenge so I invited her to help with this months release. On the 3rd of April we will be getting to know Em a little bit more... we will check out more of her fabulous scrappy style, get an insight into how she uses sketches ooh and there just might be a great signature trick that Em has kindly shared with us too! So keep an eye out for her exposé in the coming days.
Also this month we thought we'd look at some photo formatting tricks or at the very least revisit some we may not have used for awhile. This includes some tips and tricks in stepping out of your comfort zone and to get you thinking about different ways to present your photos and hopefully creating extra special and different pages that resonate with you.
Although using standard sized photos is perfectly okay, its always fun to try different ways of showcasing your precious photo's. Many of us are nervous to move away from the traditional 5X7"and 4X6" photo sizes, lets face it they are tried, true and tested ways for formatting and presenting your snapshot, but lets spice things up a bit and try something different!
In future releases we will look at different shaped photo's, ways to mount them and who knows you may even begin to like the freedom of cutting your photos and creating pages with more of a mixed media/collage approach. I know you will already know this but just to be on the safe side I wouldnt recommend you use your original heritage photos... instead scan those and print them out, leaving the originals to be stored safely for future generations to enjoy and cherish.
Here is a really good resource outlining ways to
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ON FUNKY WAYS TO SHOWCASE YOUR PHOTO'S
TIP 1: Try using Polaroids or Instagram photo's for a fun modern look. You can get these printed professionally now as many larger shopping centers have Instabooths but its equally as easy to print from home. Another idea is to stack several copies of the same photo to create a relaxed less formal look.
TIP 2: BIG IS BEST! I'm not sure that is true but I do recommend you try using a larger formatted photo to occupy 2/3 of your scrapbook page. This approach lends itself nicely to showcasing family portraits & landscape shots. An alternate idea would be to add a multitude of mini photos in lieu of the single large photo. This would be a great way to scrap an entire week or holiday much like a Project Life Page without using pockets.
TIP 3: Strip photos (Photobooth style) are a great way to showcase a sequence of photo's from the one event like a whole heap of selfies, a sports/action sequence or a celebration. Try cutting a photo into quarters like in Template #29.5. This is a simple way to add some extra interest to the photo.
Okay so here are the mojo kickstarters for this months release...
By Emma Zappone
Melon Sorbet Elements Pack by Sahlin Studio
Melon Sorbet Paper Pack by Sahlin Studio
Monogram Circle Alpha by Sahlin Studio
Distressed Duchess Font Set by Valerie Wibbens & Heather joyce
Artpropelled Collection by Vinnie Pearce
Journalink Collection by Vinnie Pearce
Chinee 11 Paper Pack by Vinnie Pearce
Canvas Elements Freebie by Vinnie Pearce
Little Pockets by Valerie Wibbens
By The Thread by Valerie Wibbens
'Your Adventure Awaits'
by Emma Zappone
I really hope you liked the sketches. It would be amazing to see your pages created using this release so dont forget to show them off by posting a link to your gallery or blog below in the comments field or alternatively post directly on the Page Drafts Facebook wall as we would love to showcase them in our FB gallery.
If your page also includes some of the March or April Tips & Tricks on Creating a Focal Point and Unique Photo Formats you could be showcased here on the blog with your very own Exposé later in the year so dont be shy share in the inspiration!
Have Heaps of Fun Scrapping Everyone!