From the very start, Ronnie Crowley‘s scrapbooking has been all about the pictures. She started out making collage frames for photos of her children. Then soon after attending her first Creative Memories party she was embracing the hobby of scrapbooking full on and searching for ways to let her photos take center stage.
Ronnie’s cool thing right now is designing photocentric pages.
Ronnie says, “From the very start my scrapbooking has been all about the pictures. I originally started making collage frames for my kids and my plan was to make one for each year of their lives. Then a friend invited me to a Creative Memories party and it wasn’t long before I embraced the hobby full on. When I look back at my earlier pages I can see the same basic structure I use today.
Every page I make starts with the question: ‘Where do I want people to start their journey on my page?’ Then I build my page around this.
Let your choice of embellishments enhance your photos.
“I want and have always wanted the picture to be the star of the page and not what I have added. The additions are there to enhance the beauty of the picture. It’s like adding make-up to your face. Your natural beauty is what you want to stand out. The addition of eye make-up is to add to the beauty of the eyes you already have.”
“I just loved this picture I took on my phone. It’s only one picture which I used three times, to create a cluster of picture as the focal point of the layout. The use of the overlapping pictures helps support the focus on the picture as one. If there had been space between the pictures then for the design I would have to selected one picture as my focal.”
You can learn a lot from how others see your pages.
“I’m constantly learning about design by taking classes. My greatest source of inspiration in the last 12 months has been the Guided Study Critique classes at Get it Scrapped. Having people willing and able to give critical feedback on what I’m doing on layouts has allowed me to take my layouts to another level. And by being asked to critique others’ pages it has given me a better eye for seeing what works and what doesn’t. Although design principals seemed a bit boring at first I think a study of them can really help develop your pages. “
“This page is for a trip album I’ve been working on it was just a short stop at a beach for lunch but I wanted to include the pictures to show how my son spent his time exploring and my focal point had to be the pictures including my son. I used the bracket on the left hand side picture re-enforced with a cluster to make is the focal and added a small cluster with a tilt on the picture on the picture on the right side to draw the readers eye to my secondary focal.”
Ronnie is an English girl living in Texas with two kids, two guinea pigs and a husband for company. Her family left England when her daughter was 18 months old with hopes of being back in time for her to start school. Now Ronnie and her family have been in Texas for 11 years and her daughter is sweet 16! Ronnie is a “Work-From-Home Mum” with a bit more than a part-time job in association management. Not something she planned to do with her life but something she enjoys and fits in with her family commitments.
Scrapbooking has been Ronnie’s major hobby/stress management tool for over ten years now and she collected a room full of supplies and gadgets before transitioning exclusively to digital scrapbooking in 2010. Ronnie says, “My scrapbooks record my family life ‘warts and all’. My one rule as far as my scrapbooking is concerned is that I’m the Chief Executive Officer in Charge. So I decide how long to spend on a page, I decide which pictures and I decide what to scrapbook. It’s the one thing in my life I have complete control over.”