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Signs of Spring

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A macro lens makes the tiny buds and leaves of early spring loom large, much larger than they actually are in reality. However, if you are as desperate as I am for any signs of spring, it’s worth grabbing a jacket and stepping outside in the rain with a camera and macro lens in search of spring. Over the weekend, I walked around the yard, moving in close with a wide aperture setting on my camera’s lens to capture these photographs. I think I’ve learned to appreciate these little details in life, especially after a long winter of cold and snow. I want my family to know how much I enjoy the coming of spring as I remove the clutter and focus on the details of the moment. Yes, I am one of those who also enjoys removing clutter as part of a good spring cleaning at home.

For my scrapbooking, I don’t think that photographs that are cropped in close are necessarily the best candidates for blending into a background. Sometimes, I just want to try a different look from my pages with extractions or blended photos. Often, I am inspired by the photography and art of others. One person who inspires me is ViVre. She makes beautiful photographs and then combines them on pages with just enough art to enhance and emphasize her photographs. Sometimes she uses templates to display her photos. There is always a clean, uncluttered look to her artsy pages along with her own creative flair for combining photos with artsy designs and elements.

This isn’t the first time that I’ve 2015-05-10_God'sArtistrybeen drawn to ViVre’s style of focusing on photos. I felt her influence as I created the page on the right last year. I share her passion for making photographs, capturing little details in life. I thought of her work again as I began combining the photos that I captured over the weekend to create the page at the top of this post.

I wanted an uncluttered balance between photos and art for this page. I would like to highlight three design ideas on my latest page that I think contribute to this look.

2016-03-26_SignsofSpringFramesRather than blending or extracting the branches or flowers I framed my photos with frames from Artsy Layered Template No. 125. I generally save Anna’s layered templates after turning off all the transfers, stains and textures so that I can see just the placement of the frames, title and spaces as I decide on a template design to use.

 

2016-03-26_SignsofSpringBackgroundFor the background paper, I recreated the design of artsy paper 4 from ArtPlay Palette Bask. I placed transfer 4 vertically and recolored it using a hue and saturation adjustment layer to support the color tones in the photos. Just below, I placed ArtPlay Palette Moments solid paper 6 and blended it with a layer mask leaving the white in the file’s background revealed.

 

2016-03-26_SignsofSpringFramedTransferFor interest on the page and contrast with my photos I clipped the layers Artsy Transfer Moments 1 to one of the frame masks. In between the transfer layers, I placed a butterfly on color burn blend mode, layers from Multimedia Branches No 2 and the word spring from BigWords Spring No. 1. All layers are clipped to the mask except for the butterfly, branch and art stroke.

Even with the addition of a few more elements to move the eye down my page, I have focused on the photographs with a relatively clean and uncluttered page design. I love the white space and tension in the minimal asymmetrical page design. It’s good to be inspired by another photographer and artist, especially one who combines the two mediums so well. Now, I think I’ll spend a little time this afternoon spring cleaning before making more photographs or creating another scrapbook page.

 

Influence of Design Principles

I don’t often know how I want a page to look until I begin to play in Photoshop. I know it’s far more efficient to draw a sketch of a page before beginning to create. I don’t. That’s probably because I generally think about the photograph first, it’s orientation and perspective, when I begin to create a scrapbook page. However, just as often, the inspiration for choosing a photo comes from an ArtPlay Palette or .abr brush. That is the case for this page, Perfect Now.

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When I opened up Anna’s new ArtPlay Palette Portiére late yesterday, I knew I wanted to use the transfer with brick and green paint as well as a brush from ArchiTextures No.5. Sometimes, it’s like that, I see a design element and it triggers an idea. That’s when I remembered a photograph of a brick wall surrounding some yellow glass pansies at a Craig M. Smith exhibit in a conservatory at Lauritzen Gardens.

Since my photo had a vertical orientation, I decided that would guide my page design. However, first, I tested out that transfer I wanted to use by placing it in the top left corner and then turned off it’s visibility. Next, I placed the photo on the left and reduced the size to better fit my 12×12 page. With a layer mask, I blended the photo into a solid paper from the ArtPlay Palette before stamping the iron gate brush on a new layer above the photo layers. I think of this brush as a second door suggesting an unknown and/or unconventional meaning to finding art behind doors.

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I turned back on the visibility of the transfer and brought more light into my scene by adding FotoGlow Mix No. 2.

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As I’m working, I think about design principles. In this case I needed to balance the weight of the transfer in the upper left corner. To do that, I added the frames from Artsy Layered Template No. 224 to my layout and adjusted their position to fit my vertical design. I clipped photos to the masks. The textbox is also a part of the template.

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Another design principle I consider when scrapbooking is repetition. By adding a splash of yellow with an artsy stain stamped just above the transfer in the upper left corner, I repeated the color and created a diagonal line of yellow leading the eye across my page. By adding more yellow with a photo below the slide viewer as well as stamping a green stain on a new layer and placing an overlay in the lower right corner, I strengthened that diagonal line of yellow and balanced the weight of the transfer even more.

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Over the foundation that I created for the framed photo with an overlay, brush, texture and slide viewer in the lower right corner, I added a cluster of small elements. Finally, I placed the word art and a beaded thread to finish off my page. I switched out the beaded letters in order to spell “now”.

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So maybe it’s okay that I don’t draw a sketch of my page before beginning to create. While I may not have begun with a clear vision of my final page, what I know about design principles influenced my thinking as I worked on this scrapbook page.

 

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