Saturday Scraplift: Grounding a Photo

I have to confess to being partial to the page we’re lifting this week. It was designed by my daughter-in-law Karen (oswegograd) and features my handsome grandson. Beyond those merits, however, lie a strong design and great use of color and embellishments. The dark blue paper provides a dramatic background for the elements that ground the photo. Then Karen layered patterned paper and a mixture of accents to highlight her picture, and I really like the combination of shapes and textures she chose. The members of the Creative Team had a lot of fun lifting Karen’s page.


Janet (JALong) is a master at using bright colors to tell her story and to bring her page to life. She’s done just that on this page about the friendship bracelets her daughter made for members of the family. I love the unique focal photo supported by the smaller shot and Janet’s brilliant use of colorful layers to provide a background for her pictures.

a_web_Friendship_Bracelets[1]Credits: Just Tonals Paper Pack No. 08, Woodgrain Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Twisted Dots No. 01, Blue Bird Complete Scrapbooking Collection, Watery Chevrons No. 01 Brushes and Stamps, Vintage Photo Frames No. 19, Slide Reels No. 02, Pine Creek Kit, Little Bits Alphabet, Assorted Messy Stitches: Orange No. 01, Autumnal Artistry Kit, Simple Collage Frames No. 03, Tag Photo Frames No. 02, Cut Ups: Summertime, Bead Scatterings No. 01, Assorted Messy Stitches: White No. 01, On Retreat Brushes and Stamps, Life Lines Complete Scrapbooking Collection

Mollie (readstoomuch) chose a winning color scheme for her page about her grandsons enjoying a Coke float in an old-fashioned drugstore setting. I love how the patterned paper piece echoes the striped awning in her photo, and the pops of gold and blue are the perfect touch. The slight angle of Mollie’s design gives her page a great whimsical feel.

aug_2_coke_floats_for_two[1]Credits: Astro Bead Scatterings, Astro Element Pack, Bead Scatterings No. 01, Blue Bird Element Pack, Curled Journal Spots No. 04, Defined Vintage Clippings Colors No. 01, Fine Line Twists No. 01, Just Chevrons Paper Pack No. 01, Little Enamel Charms: Transport, Readymade Circles: Everyday No. 01, Striped Cardstock: Golden Rose Value Paper Pack, Symbology Enamel Brads No. 01, Vintage Flashcard Words: Halloween, Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 08, Wooden Arrows No. 01

For my layout of the photo of my sons and me on Mother’s Day, I drew the colors from our clothes and chose a tone-on-tone striped paper to use behind the picture. Even though clustering isn’t second nature to me, I enjoyed finding elements with different shapes and textures to highlight my photo. Another technique I really like is using part of an overlay on the edge of my page as I did with Katie’s Arrowed Overlays No. 01.

myboysCredits: Arctic Whites Paper Pack No. 02, Classic Cardstock: Energy, Textured Cardstock: Tidal Wave Paper Pack, Arrowed Overlays No. 01, Twisted Dots No. 01, Photo Corner Colors No. 02, Day Out Complete Scrapbooking Collection, Times Up Brushes and Stamps No. 02, L’Automne Element Pack, Crumpled Papers No. 01, Clock Buttons No. 01, Away We Go Element Pack, Tidewater Element Pack, Collageable Notions No. 01, Winter Artistry Element Pack, Surf Lagoon Element Pack, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02, Anyway Kit

Do you have a special photo that deserves pride of place on a page? Karen’s page will provide lots of inspiration for you to get it scrapped, and I’m eager to see what you create. Post your lift in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery.

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