Matting a photo is when you put another piece of paper behind it to act as a small barrier between the photo and the background paper - like the reverse of a photo frame. I'll go find some examples and add them to this post.
Andrea (Aqua) thanks for posting mine. I looked at it and thought, "Hey, I did one similar). Then when I looked closely I recognized by husband. Then I felt silly. Yep - that was my first try at using neon paper and triple matting!
I totally agree about using mats. Mats make the photos "pop". Also, you might want to consider making a border that runs down or across your page. Use punches to cut out shapes to accent your border. Hope this helps!!
Thanks to all of you who helped with matting. I love it so much and you're right, it does make the pictures pop! Framing will be my next assignment lol. And yes I use 12x12 paper. I have a problem with arranging my pictures. I like them very square lol.
Great start!! A site like this... http://4x6photosketchblog .blogspot.com/
might be a good place to explore. It has a ton of sketches using 4x6 photos and different placements of them. When I am stuck with a LO, sketches can help me visualize.
Can't wait to see more
Yeah, I use sketches all the time. It makes scrapping so much more fun for me if I don't have to struggle and work to figure out the placement. I use PageMaps.com a lot. She has wonderful sketches.
You are doing awesome though. You will never regret keeping your memories in this way. If you didn't, when you are older like some of us, you probably wouldn't remember all of the special details of your pictures.
I like your pages and you're really doing some great things with matting your photos
Something I tried when I wanted to get more elaborate with my layouts was I spent some time going through the layout gallery and saving my favorites. Then I went back through my gallery to look for things I seemed to like/favorite more than once. I realized that techniques and/or styles I never thought were "me" were things I actually liked in other peoples work. It made me try new things and learn more and more what I liked and what I could do
I looked through your gallery and made some suggestions. I love that you use lots of photos. In my opinion, scrapbooking should be about highlighting the photos and journaling the memories. So many layouts out there are so full of embellishments that the photo gets lost, or the photo is so small it seems insignificant.
In many of your layouts, you've left lots of room for journaling. I would suggest that you make a point of writing down your memories of the events; things that aren't apparent in the photo, like a funny thing that happened or why that day was so special. Since you used alot of basic color papers for your background, you could try journalling on a patterned paper. I do alot on the lines of striped paper, or I use a busy pattern to matte blank paper for journaling. One day you will forget alot of details and it would be great to have it all down when it's fresh.
Also, when placing embellishments, keep in mind to try not to just leave something "floating in mid air". Bunch up embellies, arrange them along an edge or corner of a photo, make sure that banners have a start and end point, place the roots of a tree sticker at the bottom of a page or bumped up against another element of your design. The embellies don't always have to be relevant to the event, but they should compliment the colours in the photo or your general sketch plan.
Some alternatives to matting your photos, 1) use regular photo mounting corners. They come in quite a few colours, but I like basic black best. 2) you can order your prints with borders on them. Costco does a white border, but other places can do black too.
Lastly, a few techniques that I love are ripping paper, inking and sanding. Google them and you'll find loads of tutorials and sample pages.
I know I'm a newby too, and I have a long way to go before I hit my own creative stride, but I've researched many techniques, read many scrapping mags and gone to as many classes as I can. These are the things that I felt took me from being very unsatisfied with my end product to feeling like I actually have some creative genes.
P.S. I didn't post any of my earliest layouts. I'm proud of them because they were my creative beginnings, but they're not ones I really want to share. I'm keeping htem as is so I can look back one day and laugh at myself.