Thursday, April 7, 2011

Those Eyes

This is one of my favorite photos of Estella.  I just love lighting and the sweet expression on her face.  I love it so much, that I can even ignore the fact that her face is less than totally clean (I think that might be chocolate around her mouth) and she is wearing a winter hat of her grandma's.

I used Bazzil textured cardstock in pine cone for my background paper for this layout.  All of the other elements I used were leftovers from one of my monthly "Get the Edge" kits from Scrapper's Edge.  I wanted the focus to remain on my photograph, so I used minimal patterns with subtle color schemes.  I even kept my embellishments flat and just went with some rub ons and letter stickers for my title.  I also used my glaze gel pen to create some shiny faux stitching.

In this photo of my layout, I used the flash setting on my camera because I thought it represented the true colors of the page, but the flash did create a large glare over my photo.  So I have included a second photo of the layout below, so you can all see the photograph I used.  I am sure there are ways around this problem with the photography, and I would love to hear any tips and tricks that you may have to offer.
Thanks so much for looking, and any comments you leave.

Remember-use those scraps!


  1. It's so lovely when you can make a page that focusses on a beautiful picture, and really showcases someone special! Lovely job on a your sweet girl!!

  2. Great Picture and amazing layout! (as always, all of your layouts are amazing) :)

  3. Great layout! I take my layouts outside to photograph them. I turn off the flash and just take them in natural sunlight (indirect is best) Works pretty well for me.
    Email me becaue you won my giveaway for posting on the Crafter's Companion Challenge blog!! scrapwithstacy at gmail dot com
    CONGRATS. (I haven't posted it yet on my blog)

  4. I will need your full name and mailing address...Stacy H-W

  5. How nice to meet you Raven! Very much looking forward to getting to know you. I think your picture is great and wish I knew more about how to do this.
    Glad you entered my giveaway and good luck to you

  6. Your layout is sa-weet!! Love the pic of Estella!! Adorable. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my card!! How are you feeling? Thoughts and prayers to you!!

  7. I love this layout, Raven! The colours and simplicity let the photo shine. For photography, I always photograph right next to a window for natural light. For scrapbook layouts, I photograph it flat on a table and stand on a chair to get high enough so that my camera can capture the entire 12x12. I hope that helps!

  8. Brilliant advice about photographing scrapbook layouts! Have you taken a look at Beckie Dreyer's blog? She is an amazing scrapbooker and takes fantastic pics of her layouts. SHe may have some extra advice for you. Gorgeous layouts! I so want to get into scrapbooking more! Love, Clare x