Friday, January 18, 2013

The Scientific Method: Set the Scene Without a Photos

We all have them. They are the stories that are without photos. Life moves at a quick pace and quite frankly, you can't always capture every moment on film. Perhaps they are the stories of your childhood or maybe something that just happened the other day. Whatever the case, there is no reason why you can't still share your story. All you need to do is to set the scene.

The Night the Cats Got Out by Christy Strickler Supplies| Cardstock: Colorbok; Patterned Paper,Die Cut: American Crafts; Alphas: Basic Grey, Sassafrass; Marker: Ranger; Sticker: My Little Shoebox; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Other: Button, electrical tape

To set the scene, choose images that remind you of the event. You can get creative and experiment with how you display your supplies. Recently, my cats got out the back patio door. We were scouring the neighborhood for them. They aren't outdoor cats and we were quite concerned. It never occurred to me, in all my worry for my fur babies, to even consider photographing the moment. It wasn't until a few days later that it dawned on me to tell the story. I set the scene with paper and die cuts that made me think of a neighborhood  The time frame is subtly hinted at with the street light sticker and the moon yellow title. Chevron patterned paper gives a hint at the too and from searching we did through the neighborhood. At one point, my husband even drove back to our last apartment, so I added a wooden car die cut to support that part of the story.

Setting the scene is very important when telling a story with no photos. The most important thing to remember would be to use images and color associations that jog your memory. If they are used cohesively, they will not only help you remember the story, they will also give visual and emotional cues to the viewer.

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1 comment:

  1. Great take on this assignment Christy!! Love the images you used to set the scene for your page and to tell the story!