As we continue with our New York Happenings Series we are showcasing one of the major attractions of New York City. For our blog post this week, we have an outstanding photo of The Brooklyn Bridge that we wanted to showcase.

For the layout on the right, a black and white photo was used of The Brooklyn Bridge. The photo is of the skyline with the massive bridge and the stark nakedness of the trees and the iconic neo-gothic arches. Having this photo in Black and White is particularly special since it really does show the beauty of the bridge as well as the skyline.

As we study the photo at hand, we want to really study the structure of the photo. It is easy to say we want to accentuate the fact that the photo is in black and white. How do we want to best capture the essence of the photo? Do you choose colors that will bring out the richness of the black in the photo, or do you want to have the white be the focal point? What you want to really focus on is really very subjective to the creator.

The black and white photo of the Brooklyn Bridge is just breath taking. We wanted to create a very clean and simple layout that would showcase the beauty of the bridge. In order to do this, we chose a 12 x 12 black background. We wanted to start with the basic black and then use a layering technique to then give our layout a dimensional feel.

As we mentioned, our black background was chosen as the base layer to allow our photo to “pop” in our layout. There were two schools of thought going on, we wanted to make sure we chose other background colors that gave a cohesive look, but also added some brightness to the layout as well. The background pages were to help build up our layout. A cranberry red sheet and an 8x 11 grey were used to add some nice contrast to the black and white in the photo.

Based on the colors chosen for the background page, we now have to think about what we want to use to frame our photos. We wanted to use neutral colors to help accentuate the essence of the photos. First we created a 5-inch frame in white for the 4x 6 photo. This photo was chosen to be the focal point in the layout. We then created a 4 x 4-inch frame in gray and then in black. We placed one 4 x 4 photo in one corner of the layout, and placed the other 4 x 4 photo in the other corner giving the layout a nice cohesive look and balance to the layout.

The bulk of the work is now done. Now the fun begins! Choosing embellishments and paper die cuts are always the fun part when creating a layout. Choose embellishments and die cuts to enhance your page. Embellishments and die cuts are used to get a response of WOW. When most people look at a page in a scrapbook, it is not always the photo that gets there attention as much as what is used on the page to get a response.

Our first reaction when seeing this photo of The Brooklyn Bridge in Black and White was WOW! How were we going to use die cuts, embellishments, and journaling cards to give justice to this fabulous photo of Brooklyn Bridge?

First and foremost, we wanted to keep this layout as simple and elegant as possible. We did not want to clutter the layout with a lot of die cuts and embellishments. In order to accomplish this, we stuck with you using journaling cards to enhance the layout.

A number of journaling cards were chosen to help add some color to the layout. A journaling card with word “love” stenciled out to get the sentiment across of expressing our love for the Brooklyn Bridge and the elegance of the photo as a whole. Another journaling card with the word “photo” stenciled out and a journaling card “perfect” to get the sentiment across of not taking for granted such a serene moment of the view of the sky overlooking The Brooklyn Bridge. These three journaling cards helped depict the sentiment and feeling every time a person goes over or sees The Brooklyn Bridge from afar.

The bottom line is, you want to create a scrapbook layout that has a cohesive look. Fun background papers, frames, and embellishments and die cuts to help depict the story you are trying to tell. More importantly have fun with your pages.

Materials used:

  • One 12 x 12 Background Sheet by Recollections
  • One 8.5 x 11 Gray Background by Recollections
  • One 12 x 4 Inch Red Cranberry Background by Close To My Heart
  • One 5 Inch White Frame by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 4-Inch Black Frame by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 4-Inch Gray Frame by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 3 x 4 Journaling Card “Love” by We R Memory Keepers
  • One 3 x 4 Journaling Card “Photo” by We R Memory Keepers
  • One 2 x 4 Journaling Card “Perfect” by Simple Stories

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