Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Get It Scrapped: Using the Compositional Story Style

This story style is not really the norm for me. However, the challenge to use a compositional story style really had me thinking out of the box. How many times are there a set of photos that need a little extra context? As I look through my son's homeschooling photos, I realize that many of them could use a little extra support to add more context and meaning. Today's layout is an example of that.

Earthquake by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Studio Calico, My Mind's Eye; Letters: Jenni Bowlin; Tape: My Mind's Eye; Vellum: Studio Calico; Acrylic: Cocoa Daisy;appears in an article for Get It Scrapped

If you look at these photos by themselves, you probably would have no clue what my son is doing. I remember doing this project with him, but really, the photos are a bit bland and there isn't much in them to help tell the tale. I chose to create a layout which would support the photos by filling in the blanks. 

I picked the background paper first. It is filled with light blue lines. The color makes it a perfect substitute for the sky. However that's not the main reason I chose it. The pattern of the lines reminds me of a seismograph. Choosing the background was the hardest part. The earth portion was easy. I wanted a brown colored chevron print to convey the energy within the earth during a seismic episode. Ripping the paper in two and adding the scene with the houses makes the story of this page pretty clear.

The compositional story style will work for many types of photos. As I created this layout, I realized that photos without a lot of evident story can benefit. It's a style that definitely sets the scene for any layout. If you give it a try, we'd love to see it. Share your layouts with us in the Get It Scrapped Gallery.

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1 comment:

  1. I love, love, love this layout! And I like your suggestion to use this style with photos that don't tell the story on their own.