Friday, 9 July 2010

Life isn't always beautiful

Got a couple of layouts done :-) One each in response to the LYPLYP scrapping prompts from yesterday and today (but that's one each so far, as there's lots of inspiration to be found in these prompts and quite a few sketches, too, and I shall return to them again and again!)

One of the ideas from today was to showcase a really special photo by keeping the layout itself very simple. My layout gradually evolved into this:


(Hmm, the lighting's not so good. It's warmer in colour in real life... May have a play with editing the photo!)


I machine-stitched the title and kept going to create a rough frame for the photo itself, and - that's it! I like its simplicity and the way the attention is drawn to the photo. I love this shot so much though that I imagine I'll scrap it several times over without ever being completely happy that the layout does it justice!

And one idea from the first prompt was to keep your photo very small. This got me thinking about a layout I never thought I'd make! I've mentioned before that I suffer from eczema; I have another flare up at the moment, quite a bad one, on my hand :-( I'd taken a couple of photos of it just so that if I start to get these flare ups too often I can ask for a referral to a dermatologist and show them what it gets like, even if I don't have it badly at the time of the appointment, you know?

Well, obviously it wasn't the kind of photo I intended to scrap! But I got to thinking: I want to document life, and not all of life is good. Not all of it is fun, or happy, or exciting. The everyday moments do make it into my albums, but do the bad ones? (And this is definitely a bad one!) By keeping the photo small I could document the discomfort of my poor hand without being unable to bear looking at the layout!!

Don't worry, I've pixelated the photo part of the layout so you don't need to see it at all....


There's a reason for every effect on this page, from the use of bubble wrap to print with to the roughness of the twine to the distressed book page and so on - each element reminds me of some aspect of my poor hand's affliction.


This is a layout that has a lot of meaning for me personally. Mostly, I'm just glad it got made - I want my albums to tell the full story of me, after all!

16 comments:

Prinzessin Erbse said...

I love both pages!

Maja

jillconyers said...

Both layouts are great for different reasons. I agree scrapping with the all of life's everyday moments and not just the good ones but I rarely do so.

Nice creating!

scrappyjacky said...

I love the sewing on the first layout....and I'm not usually a great fan of 'white' space....but it worked so perfectly on this page.
And well done for documenting the second page.

K said...

Oooo, I like the idea of a "life isnt always beautiful" page. I'm normally very careful to scrap pics of me that I kinda like, or I dont look to bad in (same with uploading onto facebook, etc) but the ones where I look awful are probably the more natural/how people see me, lol, wld make a change to scrap a page just for them.

Sian said...

I'm a big fan of recording the lot, bad and good so I think that second one is fab :) I love how you have completely changed your style to get the right look for each layout.

Liberty :) said...

Both gorgeous!! I'm really struggling with this class up to now but you have made gorgeous things!

JO SOWERBY said...

eczema is such a nasty skin condition when it flares up, especially when it gets infected. it is a courageous thing to scrapbook and i love the roughness idea and i assume the red printing is the redness of the sore skin. g8 LO to share, and im not squeamish but i understand not wanting weveryone to see ur sore hands
Jo xxxx

Maria Ontiveros said...

Those are both awesome pages Mel! I can't wait to get some actual scrapping done - I think I'll even have some time this weekend. I love all the texture objects (twine, cardboard and bubble wrap) on the eczema page.
Rinda

Lizzie said...

Mel, you are definitely a master of the art of simple layouts! I remember your all-white layout (the "sometimes I think I'm invisible" one?) - I was impressed by the simplicity of its design, and you have done a few others since. It's not so easy to keep it that simple and pull it off. I am very impressed.
I also love the Excezema one. It's a great idea to document that part of your life - and I like the way you have chosen to do it. Very clever and a tiny bit witty too!
Great layouts - so well done!

Karen said...

I'm a great fan of white space so I love the first layout, but I like the second one even better because of all the details and the materials you chose that support your story.

Cheri said...

Life may not always be beautiful, but the layout sure is! I love all the texture you've included and the color - it all works together so well! Kudos!

Amy said...

Mel these are both really fabulous pages - both are simple and tell a great story :-)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

wonderful layouts! I love the texture of the second one and the simplicity of the first one

Deb said...

Well done on each of these layouts, Mel! I love the simplicity of the first one (and absolutely love that photo!), and all of the elements that you used on the second one are fabulous. xo

Alysse said...

You HAVE to document good and bad. Looking back at the bad, helps you to remember how strong you were to get through it!

SarahLP said...

Both pages are wonderful, each in their own special way. The textures and layers on your eczema page are perfect.. and I admire your honesty in scrapping about this real-life topic!