I was browsing the forums the other day and saw
a thread where members were sharing why they made the choice to
go digital. There are such a wide variety of reasons and all of
them darn good ones. My personal reasons are fairly simple. I
just did not like the mess, the decisions, nor did I have the
space for the organization that I would have liked. However, one
thing that I love about paper scrapping is the look of the pages.
I am definitely a fan of realism. I love the graphic style layouts
too though, I am just not as good at those, so my pages mostly
mimic realistic paper layouts. I like it when people touch your
layout trying to feel the textures of the paper or try to grab
one of the elements. This article is going to focus on that realism
and some of the things you should think about if that is the look
you are going for.
In order to achieve that realism, you need to be mindful of your
shadows. If you don't use any, your pages look flat, like a magazine
ad. If your shadows are very dark with lots of blur, your photos,
elements and words are going to look like they are "floating"
above the page. While this is great for a flowing ribbon, its
not so great for a paper mat. Take a piece of paper, and lay another
piece of paper on it. You will see a very slight close shadow.
If you lay a piece of cardstock the shadow will be slightly thicker,
but still close, not much blur. If that cardstock has a slightly
bent corner, that corner will have a lighter, more blurred shadow.
The corner will appear to be off the page, which is what you want.
Just remember that the shadows will need to blend as the cardstock
begins to meet the background paper. Larger elements will have
bigger shadows. A ribbon that is laying across the page will have
small thin shadows, but if you "tie" a bow, the pieces
of the bow and dangling pieces will have bigger more blurred,
although lighter, shadows. that gives those pieces a "flowing"
appearance. Also remember your words. If you are putting a title
on a page that is supposed to be a die cut type title, then you
want shadows, however, the journaling on your tag, would need
no shadows. Write your name on a piece of paper. The ink does
not have a shadow, so don't use one on your tag.
Remember, if realism is what your after, just
look at something in the real world at try to mimic it! Here are
some samples to give you an idea of what do or not to do.
||These two images
show some different elements and different types of shadows
to show more depth. The bookplate is a heavier shadow then
a piece of paper, but it is uniform all around. The ribbon
on the other hand needs to have deeper bigger shadows by
the hanging ties so they appear more flowing.
© 2005 Valeri Brumfield