Thursday, 21 May 2015

A share from Guest Designer Amanda Hall

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I’m popping in to write about a favourite technique of mine… using JUMBO photos on a page. I do this most of the time by printing directly onto the background cardstock. For this month’s projects I actually did this technique twice, one on kraft and one on white cardstock. Any coloured cardstock can be used of course.

I fell in love with this technique many years ago, because the main focus is maintained on the most important part (the photo and the story) and as I am a minimalist scrapbooker, the small amount of left over space to decorate was not at all intimidating. It is now one of my ‘go to’ techniques as it’s so simple and can look so powerful.

The trick to printing on your cardstock is simply picking the right photo. I prefer to have some white space / negative space / blank space that allows one to embellish and have a title and journaling without squashing everything up and making it too crowded and overwhelming.. 

This photo for example would not work. There is not enough blank space to fit any memory keeping (title and journaling) or pretty it up. There is also no way for it to fit seamlessly onto an A4 sized print without it looking weirdly placed (ie. the heads would be cut off mid page).

The photo below would be a good one to use as the sky could be used to blend in the card stock.

This is the photo that I picked for the first layout. 

At the top of the photo there is a nice piece of sky which is easily altered to look as if it fades up and is a part of a whole A4 sheet. To do this I opened the photo in photo editing software (I use photoshop) and removed that pesky strip of land and then altered the levels until the sea was super white and bleached out. You may need to use an eraser tool, blending tool or the sponge tool to get the desired effect so as it looks naturally faded off into the background.

To print the image, I clicked print options and I positioned the photo at the bottom, as the photo lends itself to that positioning. Your photo may be looking in from the sides or from the top. It really depends where your white space is. A face peeking in from the side would be an awesome page!

In the second layout on kraft, I chose a photo that again could be printed large onto cardstock but needed to be mindful that my daughter’s head was half out of the shot. Whatever happened I needed to ensure the photo was placed to the left. As this photo was conveniently taken against a white wall, there wasn’t a lot of editing to do prior to printing.

In both the images I have changed the tone to black and white but of course you don’t have to. In an upcoming Kraft Plus challenge I use a colour photo and I was so pleased with the end result.

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  1. Holy Moly!!! Amanda you are soooo talented!!! These ROCK! Thank you heaps for sharing your techniques and FABULOUS creations xx

  2. Such Gorgeous layouts Amanda, and thank you for sharing your tips and techniques.
    fantastic post!

  3. Gorgeous photos and techniques. I'm a big fan of printing trailhead onto card stock. Thanks for the inspiration.