Oh, all this talk of postcards has me dreaming about holidays! Here, we're starting to gather our bits and pieces together for our July journey. For the last week, The (Not So) Small One has been carrying about with her The Big Book Of Florida: a pink exercise book filled with everything she feels she might need to know, and a lot more besides. She has been saving all winter for this trip, and the list - colour coded, cross referenced - of Things I Might Like To Bring Home? It's a long one.
When I was about the age she is now, we went to the seaside for our holiday
and the souvenirs came from shops of the bucket and spade and candy floss kind. Nothing cost very much, or lasted very long. Except for one little token I have kept for all these years in a little china pot beside my bed. It's a copper bracelet with my name stamped on and I told its story for Storytelling Sunday last year. When Get It Scrapped asked for a page using a staged still life photograph it immediately came to mind
I have a year's worth of still life photographs to scrapbook. The writing is done, only the cutting and sticking remains.
With a big block of journaling here I wanted to add interest as I was pulling it together. Maybe it's hard to see in the photo, but I made the background by piecing together lots of punched out postage stamp shapes (from a Martha Stewart postage stamp punch). I thought they looked like Morrocan tiles and gave a nod to the design of my little storage pot.
The pot became part of my still life photo because the bracelet on its own looked lost. It couldn't tell its story without its home. Maybe that sounds odd? I think that's the thing about a still life, though: it has to have a story to make you take a second look. (And the story it has isn't always the one the photographer intends: I'd be willing to bet my bracelet makes you think of a holiday souvenir of your own). You can find other thoughts on the process over at Get It Scrapped and Ideas For Scrapbook Page Storytelling With Staged Still Life Photos
My tip? If you are using a white background to enhance your photo, make sure it's clean and free from wrinkles. Better than a tablecloth or a sheet? A roll of cheap white drawing paper you can tear off and keep fresh after every picture.