Here's a question (and there'll be one more at the end): have you ever scrapbooked photos for someone else? Or scrapbooked for yourself, but using someone else's pictures? Or offered your pictures to another scrapper? or any combination of the above? I know, I know: lots of you who are far better and busier photographers than I can claim to be are probably going to reply that you can't keep up with your own production as it is. And that would be more than fair enough.
But here's the thing about working with pictures you didn't take
(as I discovered while making a page for Get It Scrapped): you can find yourself heading off in a new and unexpected direction. Get It Scrapped had asked for a page featuring photos which were not my own, so I turned, of course, to the girl with the golden phone. I'm always delighted to see that yellow case in her hand when we are out and about, because I know she'll spot a whole variety of details I'll be guaranteed to miss.She knows where to find a story.
So I asked: if you were to choose, I said, any photos at all from your camera roll, to donate to me now, which would it be?
And I had to smile. She didn't hesitate. Grieg's House, she said.
I've already scrapbooked several of my own Grieg's House pictures (here for the Gossamer Blue blog). It's obvious our visit made a big impression on all of us. So what could I do? I gathered up the new pictures and started to pull out papers. And a funny thing happened. On my own, if I had taken these moody, haunting shots, I might have chosen darker colours, made something of the silhouettes, tried for a classic feel. Instead, as I picked and started to cut, more and more I could feel the personality of the photographer creeping onto the page.
It became brighter, softer, more fun to make. Rather than picking up what was in the photo, I heard her voice in the back of my head telling me to paint a picture of what else there was to see in that beautiful place. So that's what I did; and it has turned out to be one of my favourite pages this year so far.
And that brings me to my other question. I loved making this page. I'd be very happy to make some more. Is there anyone out there who has a photo they'd be willing to offer? I've had an idea for a little series here on the blog: hardly a class, but definitely a freebie inspiration stirrer; and I've realised it would be even more fun if I could use one or two of your pictures along with my own. It'll be about design, and the thought process. Any takers?
I'm thinking, if we agree, you could email me a photo and I'll post your page to you after I've used it for the lesson, with a little something as a thank you. Let me know if you are interested! I promise right from the start that full credit will be given, and that your picture will only be used for this one project and no other; and if you don't fancy the idea of me working with any of your people pictures, what about a place or a favourite thing? I'll leave space for your journaling.
See? Other people's pictures: a whole new direction.
And if you'd like more ideas on using pictures you haven't taken..head over to the Get It Scrapped blog and Ideas For Scrapbook Page Storytelling With Photos You Didn't Take