Today is all about colour balance between photos, patterned papers and when I use black and white images to help share the story.
Oddly enough, I've taken multiple snapshots of flowers this week. Well, I guess it's not that odd if you count my daughter having a recent birthday and Mother's Day being recorded in Week 18.
When it comes to colour selection for my patterned papers or PL cards, I always try to complement my photos. Some weeks I am more lucky than not with the colours I've captured in my shots. Where there are dominant colours, such as the yellow and pink for this week, I will tend to use variations of the hues to continue throughout for cohesion. With any garishly clashing photos, the obvious thing to do is convert them to black and white.
A second reason to use black and white photos is to soften the overall images. Be mindful of where the black and white photos sit in your spread too. On page one, I have created a visual triangle with them to please the eye. Placing all the black and white images together would create an unbalanced look on the spread. This visual link helps to draw the eye across the page.
For my weekly title card I have used pink and yellow flower patterned paper (Crate Paper Summertime), to highlight my flower bouquet photos. Flowers, as mentioned before, were a big deal during Week 18. Using a patterned paper to support this idea is just a subtle way to reinforce the importance.
Other touches of patterned paper hold spaces for journaling. Small amounts of gold throughout the spread, also help link the pockets together visually.
Black and white photos can also cover up a multitude of sins! Well, the sins of a blurry kind. Most photos looks sharper if converted to black and white. If I don't have any other option, touching up my out of focus snapshot this way, makes for a bad photo to look okay. Not everything has to be perfect though, so don't feel obligated to NOT use those blurry photos.
Page two is very photo heavy.
We had a lot to do this week and most of it was captured. One of the exciting things was the conclusion of my boys science experiment. The life cycle of a butterfly. I used a collage photo to represent the main stages of the caterpillar turning into a butterfly. Using a butterfly paper punch I created an embellishment for the story.
Sticker subtitles were added directly to photos as well.
My final tip when using black and white photos is to create mood. In the photo below, I used my iPhone to snap a silhouette style photo. We were at a parent/teacher interview and apart from not wanting to be obvious about taking a photo, I didn't want to capture other students and their identities in the shot. The mood here suggests foreboding! Ha! Especially for my son. *grin*
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