by Debbie Hodge
With scrapbook pages, you have the opportunity to convey emotion that the viewer can understand and believe. You can use a combination of photos, color, words, and images to create a mood or tone — for example of comfort, excitement, happiness, or disappointment.
In writing about art (specifically about Hamlet), T.S. Eliot talked about the “objective correlative,” a set of objects, or a situation, or a chain of events that evoke an emotion in the audience. Rather than writing “He felt sad,” in a story, the author can use weather, gestures, and even the things the character observes to the same purpose.
As you scrap about yourself, you will absolutely have a feeling or attitude about the subject you’re scrapping. Consciously think about every choice you make to create a whole that’s evocative of a mood or emotion.
You can use:
• color associations
• pattern (oversized, stylized florals convey a different tone than bright dots on a white background)
• photo cropping and editing
• image and motif
• journaling that includes concrete details that all accumulate to illustrate joy much better than just using the word “joy” ever would.