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Here I am once again delving into my photo archives from those days when my son was small and my photography skills not so wonderful. I chose a photo of my son on a carousel at the mall. He seems so small. He is not exactly happy but neither is he unhappy. He just is. For whatever reason, I didn’t get the full carousel creature in the frame. In the background, other moms can be seen attending to little ones who each ride their own creature.  What I want though, is to focus on him and only him. I want to capture the intense color of the hippocampus (half horse, half sea creature) on which he rides. I don’t have another chance to go and take this photo again. My son is now a teenager. So I just need to work with what I have in front of me.


Enjoy the Journey by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye: Tape: Little B, Queen and Co.,Pinkfresh Studio; Stickers: Freckled Fawn, Crate Paper;Jewel: Freckled Fawn;Glitter Glue: Stickles; Sequins: PinkFresh Studio; Based on Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #439





I wrote about editing  older, blurry  photos before. However, today I used a different method to edit this photo. I chose to use the blur tool in photoshop element to blur the background portions of the image. The carousel scene is still visible but I feel as though my son is more prominent in the photo. I used several filters in Totally Rad Labs to add saturation and a whimsical feel. It fits with the carousel theme and adds a dream like quality to the photo.

Carousel-close-upSince I chose a busy text style background for the canvas, I didn’t embellish a lot. I chose one section of the text to become the title. Normally, the photo might hide the text. I used my craft knife to gently cut  a portion of the words. This allowed me to slide the photo underneath. I then used glitter glue to make the words stand out a bit from the background. It made for an easy title and guided some of my journaling a bit.






Even though some of the photos I have of my son are blurry, I still plan to use them. I delete the worst of the lot saving those which  can be edited for a better look. After all, I can’t go back in time to fix my photography mistakes and I still want to document these stories.

If you would like to see additional inspiration from the SBC sketch crew, head on over to Scrapbook Challenges. If you create something with Sketch # 439, don’t forget to link up your project!



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