Project PL | Spice up Your Life!

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As many of you know, this is my first year tackling a Project Life album for my family, and I’m not going to lie – I kind of love it.. 😉  I’ve lost count the number of times I’ve had to force myself to work (designing, around the house or otherwise – aka right now) when all I wanted to do was scrap. I’m always behind, so I’m not scrapping chronologically, but I’ve noticed that all in all my life isn’t that interesting and sometimes it’s a bit mind-numbing to scrap 800 photos of my boys at the park, or 90,000 pics of a playdough creation – who’s with me here? … That’s what I thought… 😉  So I wanted to share some SUPER EASY tricks I’ve found myself doing to help “spice up my life.” (Am I the only one with that song running through my head now?)

|| THE CLOSE-UP ||

We love to go on leisurely bike rides as a family, and back in April I came to the realization that I’d end up with 25 bike photos every week if I wasn’t careful. Now, I’m all for spending quality time with the fam in the great outdoors, but I was pretty sure I didn’t want to look at 4 billion blurry biking-in-action photos as I flipped through our family’s album. Enter the CLOSE-UP SHOT.  *Click thru for full credits on all images.*

amber_perspective^^ Check out my day 16 up there. ^^ I love this photo for so many reasons – mainly because I feel it really captures my life right now – living in the flat midwest after growing up in the mountains of Utah – blue skies, green grass, corn fields as far as the eye can see and lots of time with the family outside – in fact I’m considering printing it to add to a yet-to-be-fulfilled gallery wall in our home. 😉 BUT, for our purposes here I think it’s a great example of changing things up and making something “mundane” and “ordinary” into something visually exciting.

Here are a few more pages with close-up photos of my boys’ creations that are a bit more interesting to look at than the kid just playing with the legos or playdough..

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|| THE NATURAL FRAME ||

Another way to add some visual interest to your other-wise ho-hum photos is to find a way to frame the subject naturally within their surroundings. Sometimes it even helps tells the story, like in this awesome shot of Maribel’s son behind the Christmas tree. What a sweet moment to capture of him in his own little world – what is he thinking? what does that trinket mean to him? – and had she shot it from the side, without the tree “blocking” him, it would have been missing that part of the story.maribel_frame for depth

See how the lines of the fence below create a visual frame around Maribel’s daughter riding the bike? (Also, I’m pretty sure she had to get low down on the ground to get that shot – don’t be afraid to get down and dirty while you’re documenting.) 😉

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|| THE UNEXPECTED ANGLES ||

The last tip I want to share today is of taking photos from unexpected angles. Shoot things from above, below, behind, far off to the side – anything that’s out of the ordinary for those “normal and boring” day-to-day activities – and it will liven things up in a jiffy! For example, I know what my youngest looks like, and I have the 28 other photos of him at the park this day to prove it. Adding this one of him from behind is a nice change of pace from the typical cheesy smile I usually plaster all over our PL pages.

amber_new-angles2(Also check out how much more interesting Maribel’s photo of her daughter playing on the Leapster is (above) compared to my son reading – similar activity, but switching up the angle of the shot really enhances the visual appeal of the image.)

maribel_perspective and movement I hope these three tips have given you some food for thought and the next time you’re about to snap a pic of your cat taking over your keyboard for the 500th time or your little girl playing dress-up in mommy’s shoes for the 12th time today, take a moment to ask yourself, “What will make THIS photo stand out from the rest?” and see what happens!

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Do you have any other tips to share? I’d love to hear them in the comments – goodness knows I’ll need all the help I can get this year!  😉

 

Amber has been designing in the digital scrapbooking industry since 2008, and for the paper industry since 2013. She loves reading, board games, and all things chocolate!

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