Friday, April 06, 2012

Flashback Friday...Photocide

I wanted to start a feature that I could include weekly (or try to anyway).  Back in October, I had intended to start a tutorial feature each week, but that didn't last long because time became a real issue.  So I wanted the feature to be manageable.  Something that I could do days or even weeks ahead of time.  Finally, the idea of including a weekly post highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly of my past layouts finally came to mind.  

I know some may be embarrassed about their past layouts.  After all, it's seldom the case that someone loves their first attempts at any craft, art, hobby, etc.  Can you remember the first thing you ever sewed?  The first time you danced?  The first time you painted a room?  The first time you tried a recipe?  You've got the point.  Scrapbooking is no different.  However, if you think back to some of your first layouts, you probably can remember how happy you were with your accomplishment.  I remember how proud I was of my layouts and my "creativity".  LOL  

I thought it would be fun to remember those old techniques and tools that many of us have probably used at some point in our scrapbooking.  At the time, they were probably the "in" thing, but now we look back and think to ourself, "What was I thinking?"  However, it won't be all about the bad and ugly, but sometimes it will also be just about past layouts that I still like, or "remember when" layouts that feature a product that was once a "hot" thing.  I want this feature to be a fun look back and I encourage you to feel free to comment on your thoughts and memories.  
  
The first layouts that I'm going to share with you today are some of my first ones.  I was pregnant with my daughter when I was first introduced to scrapbooking.  That was almost 16 years ago.  So you will definitely notice a difference in my scrapbooking style. ;)   At any rate, I wanted to highlight an old technique that I now call "photocide".  If you've been scrapping for any length of time, you know exactly what I'm talking about.  We often used templates (or not) to cut our pictures into every shape imaginable.  Oh, and let me tell you, I think I owned them all.  From geometric shapes like circles, squares (which still doesn't make sense to me), ovals (skinny and pudgy ones), hexagons, and triangles.  I also had heart-shaped templates, stars, baby themed shapes (like bottles and pacifiers), pet themed shapes (like bowls, dog heads, bones, etc.) and heaven only knows what else.  LOL
If I remember correctly, this was only my second or third layout I ever did.  I was so proud of my tear-shaped photos that I had done by hand...no template!  LOL
I remember the first time I saw this patterned paper at a local rubber stamping store.  I was soooo excited.  Finding patterned paper was next to impossible, at least here.  Notice the "heavenly" theme?
I created these fish shapes by hand too.  For some reason I thought an ocean theme was appropriate for a baby's bath.  LOL  I'm definitely having a "What was I thinking?" moment.
So now it's your turn.  Are you guilty of the crime of photocide?

Until next time....



5 comments:

  1. LOL These are great! That looks like Creative Memories. I remember not liking the white backgrounds and when pattern paper arrived on the scene it was the greatest thing. I really like the tear drop page. I think you could reinvent it to fit today's look and style :)

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    1. Thanks Katy. Yep! Definitely CM. That was how I discovered scrapbooking. It's all we had available to us for years. So when I wondered into a rubber stamp store for the first time and saw that they had some patterned papers (very small selection), I was over-the-moon excited.

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  2. Your pages look familiar! Good to know that I don't have the only pages with "shaped" photo's and white backgrounds filled with hand written journaling and lots of stickers! Ha, Ha! Creative Memories was my jumping off point as well, thank goodness for Jeanette and CTMH!

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  3. What a great idea Tamytha! This will be a fun flashback journey.

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  4. So know what you are talking about! You are a brave girl for sharing. :)

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