Have you ever had a photo of a special moment that you really really want to scrap but the photo is blurry and of poor quality, and just not good enough to feature on a scrapbook layout? Well why not turn it into a scrapbook layout background?
Last May my brother and his wife celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary. They have just been through two anni horribili (thanks for the phrase, Your Maj) which seriously tested their marriage, their sanity and their entire family’s lives. So this special event was an even more poignant one for them. They threw a party, inviting all the people who had been involved in some way in helping them get through the past two years. You can imagine how special we all felt to be there. And to top it off, they announced at the party that they would be renewing their marriage vows later that evening, and in fact we had really all been invited to their Wedding. Then they disappeared, got changed, and all of us parted to make an aisle for my sister-in-law’s father to lead her to my brother who was waiting at the end with the marriage celebrant.
It was a wonderful and teary moment
…and I fluffed the photos.
My camera wasn’t on the right setting. I was far from calm and unemotional. The place was crowded. Whatever the excuse, the photos were out of focus, blurry, dreadful!
Then I hit on the idea of turning one of my blurry photos into a background. Here’s how I did it:
* First I dragged the photo to make it large enough to fill the background of my layout. You could choose to only fill a part of your layout if you wish.
* The quality of the photo degraded even further but for this technique that doesn’t really matter. If you have concerns about this however, you can follow the steps in my Upsizing Your Photos tutorial to increase the size of your photo with a minimum of degradation.
* I then changed the blending mode in the Layers Pallet (drop down menu box, top left on the Layers Pallet) to Overlay.
* I dragged a few background papers from my stash, positioning them behind the photo by dragging the layer down the layer stack (in the Layers Pallet) to sit below the photo layer. I ended up choosing a lovely soft background paper from the Bella Collection by Thao Cosgrove.
* With the remaining photos, I chose a couple that defined the occasion, reduced them to fit in the filmstrip frame, and turned them to black and white (Enhance>Image Color>Remove Color). This is another good technique when you have dodgy photos. Monochrome is so much more forgiving than colour.
* A title and couple of accents to pull it all together (you might note my favourite Visual Triangle technique with the pink flowers), and I had created a layout from photos that I had considered were beyond hope.
You might like to try this yourself when faced with those out of focus photos that we all end up with from time to time. You don’t even need to wait for poor quality photos to try it out. I think it’s a pretty good look to use with any photos.
And for those who enjoy Hybrid Scrapbooking, it looks great when you add some ‘real life’ embellishments to make the collage at the corner of the film strip.
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