No, I’m not suggesting you chop bits off and chuck them in the garbage.
We usually focus on the face of our subject when we take our photos. But have you ever tried taking photos of other parts of the body and using them in your scrapbook layouts?
Try photographing a focal part of your subject’s body, such as a baby’s foot or ear or hand, and building your scrapbook layout design around it.
A photo of a baby’s tiny feet or their hand makes an excellent focal point for a scrapbook layout where you journal your feelings on welcoming a tiny new human being into your family.
Or if you’re doing a digital scrapbook layout, you could blend the whole photo as part of your background and have a focal photo of the part of the body featured on your layout, as I have done with my The Thumb layout.
My family has a tradition of gripping their right thumb their fist and letting it poke through between the two middle fingers. It’s sort of like holding your own hand.
When my daughter was born (she was the first grandchild) and my Mother saw her doing this she was so excited. I wanted to make a layout of this family tradition and by just focusing on my daughter’s hand I was able to tell the story in both pictures and words. I think it was much more effective than if I had just used the full photo as the focal point.
By the way, all elements used in this layout are from the Step by Step Digital Scrapbook Program.
Sometimes you can tell the story so much better through looking at your subject from a different perspective.
And it adds interest to your scrapbook albums too.
So next time you’re looking for a different slant to your scrapbook layout, try taking a photo of your husband’s hand with its wedding ring, or your ear wearing your favorite earrings.
Your son’s injured knee is the perfect photo to illustrate the story of his heroic dive off the monkey bars.
And a photo of your toddler’s ear works perfectly as you tell the story of all the new phrases she is picking up from listening to her siblings or, saints preserve us, from her Mum and Dad.
Photos like these really hone in on the subject matter of your story and make great scrapbooking material.