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« on: November 25, 2006 05:12:37 PM »

Ok, so last winter/spring I was in a Sabbat LARP. I got to be an art-deco style gargoyle (I felt kind of like a lamp, but in a good way). Anyways, I'm trying to scrapbook my ever-so-spooky vampire pack, but the layout is just...well....ugly. I dont know what to use or where to put my pictures. The paper keeps scanning weirdly, and its just not comeing together. I'll post what I've got. the only thing that needs to stay the same is the actual pictures. Any and all ideas appreciated.

oh, and we started up a brand new digital scrapbooking community on lj if anybody is interested.
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2006 05:08:53 PM »

Let me just say... WOW! I love the main portrait. That looks awesome!

Your pictures are very stunning, in a subdued downplayed kind of way. I think you were on the right track trying to show them off but the gilded frames don't really help.

What I would do is use a subdued color palette, taken directly from your picture and then add a warm color (such as a red) into the mix. The color should be a rich one, but also kind of subdued, if that makes any sense.

Also, I'm so in love with the way everyone is positioned in the focal photo that I think I would use that overwhelmingly. I would make it huge... and maybe kinda fade into the background...

Lots of potential with these photos!
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2006 04:45:34 PM »

unfortunatly, this paper was supposed be a a warm deep bugundy. Yeah..my scanner is just plain broken. hopefully my new one will come in soon. I was tempted to use a buisy-ish paper like this becuase of its gothic feel, and because the art deco look went with the way lisa and i look like art nuvou lamps in our gargoyle outfits. Do you think its too buisy?

I do love those pictures. They mimic the feel of the LARP to..and the best part? totaly unposed. A guy with a camera wandered around, and all of us playing were instucted to ignore him as he photographed the game. it was realy cool. It also realy reflected the dynamics of the group- which is awsome. Any idea what might replace the frames?
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2006 12:23:12 AM »

I think it is just the colour of the background which lets you down and you did say that it's because your scanner is broken. The design on the background paper itself isn't too busy at all and I actually do like the frames. I can imagine these framed images on the walls of an old house and the people in the pictures moving around when the occupants aren't looking.

« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2006 07:37:06 PM »

I would place the larger photo on the bottom - and then create groupings of the smaller ones.  Or make it a two page layout with the larger one as a single page.  Do you plan to have journaling?

Also, if you need some digital paper - come over to oscraps.com and we have a fair amount of freebies to choose from that would work. And then add some elements like journal boxes to tell  your story.

« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2006 08:18:33 PM »

no, no journaling. its all in the lj, and then the two get printed together as one book.
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