Scrapbook Cropping Tools

SCRAPBOOK CROPPING

TOOLS

This is a companion article to two other articles on “cropping photos” and “matting photos.” These articles will provide you with instructive information on how to crop and mat your photographs.

We have listed a few of the tools that can help you in your effort to crop and mat your photos.

These tools are equally useful in creating other elements and embellishments for your scrapbook pages. There are many tools you can use to assist you in the creation of your pages. We are providing those that at a minimum will be of greatest value to you as you get started.

Photo Cropping Tools

Additional Helpful Tools:

  • Self Healing Mat
  • X-Acto Knife
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Scrapbooking Is All About Photos and Memories

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHS

“I’m not a professional photographer”

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My first taste of birthday cake!

Too often we feel we have to be professional photographers, and get that pose just right, with perfect light and appropriate background, etc. As a scrapper you don’t have to be a perfectionist or a professional. We tend to pull out our camera to memorialize some special occasion or event–like weddings, birthdays, etc. For most of us we use a “point and shoot” type camera–which we pull out for these special events–and “shoot away!”

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Cropping Photos for Scrapbooks

TIPS FOR FOCUSING ON

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CROPPING PHOTOGRAPHS FOR SCRAPBOOK PAGES AND ALBUMS

RULE:

The purpose of cropping is to create or enhance the theme or focus of your page–to direct the eye to the focal point, and to help save precious space on your page.

You have a bundle of photographs you want to use in your scrapbook/album page(s). Many of these pictures have unwanted elements in them.  Not all of them are perfect. You can use them if you crop–cut out–the unwanted parts. You may, however, have been handed down to you from family members “heritage” snapshots. Because these pictures are usually old, and have many historical elements to them, you may prefer not to crop them.

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Matting Scrapbook Photos

MATTING SCRAPBOOK PHOTOS

One of the primary purposes of scrapbooking is to display the treasure trove of photographs you have taken or acquired.

A simple solution, you say! Just paste them on some patterned scrapbook paper, add a few embellishments, and a journal note or two and your done.

Wrong!

Pasting photographs (which tend to be cluttered with individuals, backgrounds, etc.) on patterned paper makes for a very busy page. Placing photos on solid color pages may solve this busy problem, but not always . . . besides, themed or patterned paper may be appropriate for your project.

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Choosing a Scrapbook Color Scheme

“What colors or color scheme should I use for my scrapbook page?” Is a question most all of us have asked ourselves at one time or another.

Understanding what color is and can do for you is essential. (See the article on Color Can Enhance Scrapbook Pages) to gain some understanding of the value of color.

color wheel 150x150 Choosing a Scrapbook Color SchemeThe difference between an attractively designed page, and a so-so page, could rest on your proper use of color. The use of harmonious colors, those that work well together will help in selecting the color scheme you want to use on your page. A color wheel can make this design step much easier to accomplish. You can purchase color wheels to have easily at your disposal as you work on your page projects.

Sir Isaac Newton created the first color wheel which allows us to visualize color harmony–what you think looks good.

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Scrapbook Layout: “The Rule of Thirds”

SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT:

“The Rule of Thirds “

When sitting down to plan your scrapbook page’s layout design several important elements must be considered. Two of those elements are: “The Golden Ratio” and “Rule of Thirds.” They are similar yet different as you will see.

We have tried to simplify some of the mathematical perspective and elements to provide a workable solution for you to consider and use. You already use these rules, you just may not know it.

Some people confuse the Rule of Thirds as being the Golden Ratio. While they are similar, they are different as the charts below illustrate.

The Top Chart Shows the Golden Ratio (in Red)

The Bottom Chart Shows the The Rule of Thirds layover on The Golden Ration (in Blue) golden ratio chart1 Scrapbook Layout: The Rule of Thirds

“The Rule of Thirds ”

The Rule of Thirds is an essential rule in the composition of photographs and scrapbook pages. The rule is simple: Imaginary lines divide the photo or page into nine (9) equal parts. Where the horizontal and vertical lines intersect as they create the nine imaginary boxes is where you align your photo’s subject, or your scrapbook page’s prime object or theme focus.

The use of this rule will help in making your photos and/or pages more pleasing to the eye, and easier for viewers to follow the natural flow.

While they are called “rules,” consider them more as guidlines. Using them as starting points, you can play with the placements a bit. Remember, you are your own best judge.

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Color Can Enhance Scrapbook Pages

Color

Use Color to Enhance

The use of color will evoke emotion and mood as much as anything other than the focal point item. Color has a language all its’ own. When used effectively and appropriately color will help you convey the message of your page.

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Start with the primary colors: red, yellow and blue. Then use coordinating colors–those that are made by mixing two primary colors: red + yellow = orange. Adding tertiary colors–mixing primary color with its two closest secondary colors. Other elements of color are tint and shade. Tint = color plus white; Shade = color plus black.

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Information on the latest Digital Cameras

MORE SCRAPBOOK PHOTOGRAPHY

(Information on the latest digital camera technology)

panasonic digital camera Information on the latest Digital Cameras

Many scrappers are not content with just a snapshot. They want as perfect one as is possible. Each shot needs to be clearly focused–no blurs. Individuals in the snapshot should have a smile. Well, there are answers available for those willing to pay the price. The digital cameras that will help you are not your low end priced snapshot shooters. You can expect to pay from $300 – $500 (and more if you choose the “has everything models–not discussed here) for a digital photograph camera problem solver.

Here are some examples:

Sony’s 8 megapixel Cybershot T200 – offers a “smile shutter” that uses facial-recognition technology to locate a face in the picture frame to record the image only when a smile appears. Your job is to get the individual to smile.
Price: $499 – with a 5 x optical zoom with optical stabilization for blur free images, and a 3.5-inch LCD touch-screen.

Fujifilm’s 12 megapixel Fine Pix F50fd (Version 2.0)
– detects up to 10 faces and will focus on them–not non-human elements: trees, cars, a dog, etc. It will even recognized faces at an angle – or profile. This digital camera offers a CCD shifting-image stabilization system, and has an anti-blur mode. The F50fd is able to take dual shots – one with and one without flash – that can be viewed (compared on its 2.7 inch LCD screen.
Price: $299

Need or want some underwater pics? Then Olympus’s 7 megapixel Stylus 790 SW may be your answer. This compact digital camera can take snap shots up to 10-feet under water…the 3x optical zoom lens has a water repellent coating. A 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD screen has Bright Capture Technology to improve low-light photography.
Price: $299

Panasonic’s 12-megapixel Lumix FZ18 has an 18x optical zoom lens along with their Mega Optical Stabilization system. A new “intelligent automatic” mode can activate several such features at once like: intelligent scene selector – which analyzes your photograph’s environment then selects a scene mode to fit it; facial recognition which can focus on up to 15 faces; intelligent ISO mode for reducing blue in low-light conditions, and continuous auto focus to keep locked on a moving object.
Price: $399

There are other upscale digital cameras with features and functions suited to your needs and pocket book. You’ll need to shop around. Consult with a couple of camera specific stores (like Ritz Camera) in your area. These more sofisticated and technical cameras may require some “hands-on-traning” or pointers, so online purchasing may not be best suited for your purchase. Either way, seach out the camera best suited for your needs and budget, and have great fun creating your memories.

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What is the Focal Point of Your Scrapbook Page

“Select a Focal Point”

The focal point of your page should be the central theme you are trying to convey. Everything else should help support or enhance this prime image or thought. Sometimes the photo image is not the focal point . . . it could be the title, a thought or poem, etc. What ever the focal point is it should standout with accents, color or size.

Just like when you shoot an arrow at a target you may be satisfied in just hitting it. Our goal, however, is to try and hit the “bulls eye.” That is what you are trying to do with your focal point.

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Using Shapes in Scrapbooks

SHAPE

“Taking Shape”

Everything has shape. In our scrapbook experience, shape helps us continue our focus on our theme or focal point.

Shape can help define your theme’s identity and/or function. One important aspect of shape is in denoting movement–or lack of movement. For instance:

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