Friday, February 17, 2017

Heritage Scrapbooking with CTMH

I recently entered this scrapbook layout into an art contest for the category Heritage Scrapbooking.
I don't really own any vintage photographs of family members.  It took me awhile to figure out what to do for the contest.  It was a fantastic opportunity to get creative!  I was able to locate yearbook photographs of my Grandmother and my Mother from their senior years in high school online. 
It has always been a point of interest in our family that my Grandmother graduated in the first ever graduating class at Peninsula High School back in 1948.  In 1972 my Mother graduated in the 25th graduating class from the same school.  I then graduated during the 50 year anniversary of the school opening. 

I love that I was pushed to find a creative way to fit the heritage category, but more than that, I love that I was able to pick a beloved story of our family history and lay it down on the page.  I think it is a good reminder for everyone that scrapbooking isn't necessarily about getting 5000 pictures off of your computer and into books.  It's about cherry picking the photos that tell the stories that you love the most.  If you are ever overwhelmed about how behind you are on your scrapping, just take a breath.  Don't look at it like a mass of pictures that you need to catch up on.  Just take it one project and one story at a time.

This layout uses a lot of cool products and some neat photo editing techniques.  The Adventure Fundamentals paper pack #Z3253 is bright and vibrant and had the perfect combination to represent the school's colors - green (Emerald), white (White Daisy), and gold (Lemon).  I roughed up all of the edges to break up the layers and add texture.  The White Glitter Paper Z3237 added the perfect pop of shimmer.  I am particularly fond of the Emerald paper with the white arrows.  It brings to mind a high school football field.
I used PicMonkey to edit my photos.  My senior picture was in color and I changed it to black and white.  I also edited the pictures of the school rings, the letter, and the logo so that they were black and white with only select items in color.  I thought this was a great way to represent the idea of the transition from present to past.  PicMonkey makes it really easy and by using Flip Flaps Z3230 and Z3231, I was able to create a "reveal" effect.
Here's an online demonstration of just how easy this Selective Coloring technique is.
I also used my new favorite tool, the Gold Shimmer Brush Z3316, to dress up some of the stamping.
I hope you will try Heritage Scrapping to tell your family history and favorite stories.  If you aren't sure how to get started or if you'd love to get your hands on any of the products used in this layout, please contact me!  I'd love to help you tell your stories and preserve your memories.

And please wish me luck in the contest!

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