Get it Scrapped has a post up called Crop Combos that Get Both Details and Context on your Scrapbook Pages with pages from scrapbookers including Jana Morton, Stephanie Semple, Brenda Becknell, Doris Sander, Terry Billman, Adyrane Driscoll, Tanyia Deskins, Amy Kingsford, Krista Sahlin and me. Here's a peek at my two pages included in that article:
Journaling: "In April, I did the 30 Day Bikram Yoga Challenge - 2 hours of hot yoga everyday; it was a big challenge. Since I completed my goal, I just haven't had the motivation or time to get 'back to the mat'. This friendly night heron, that my in-laws feed every evening and have named "spot", reminded me that its probably about time to get back to yoga. K 6/2012. P.S. Spot follows grandfather around like a puppy."
I took these two photos of Spot the friendly Night Heron in our pool doing some elaborate sort of wing drying out position (I think) which is so funny to see since it just looks weird for a bird to be standing around (for a long time) like this; my father-in-law who lives next door feeds this bird everyday so he's not at all afraid of me taking his picture and he kept on posing while I went to get the camera. I wanted to show the details of this weird bird position but also show the context and setting in which the bird chooses to practice his own version of yoga; so taking two photos of one subject worked.
Technique: I used the Picasa photo collage to get the two photos in the same frame and then used the text feature to write the title and journaling over the photos. I made the background with strips of pink paper to create a sunburst and counterbalanced it with the blue patterned paper strip on the left. I placed "spot" right at the middle of the sunburst and on the divide between the pink and blue to call attention to him.
Supplies: Old scraps of patterned paper handcut into a starburst; papers from Die Cuts With a View; white and black cardstock.
P.S. I STILL need to get back to yoga!!!
I took these two photos (with my 50 mm lens - I'm pretty sure) of my daughter with her handmade shell tombstone for her pet hamster; one photo focused on the shell and the other on her face. She was so serious - which is funny since she was also ready to go swimming so she's got on goggles, a swimsuit and a pink inter-tube. This is also how she looked during the impromptu funeral service in the backyard during which she gave a very sincere speech about hamsters and God and the universe; minutes later they were splashing in the pool.
The shell reads "Alli was my best friend as a pet. She was a sweet hamster. RIP." (My daughter, Allison, named her hamster after herself!)
Journaling card reads: "We said goodbye to Alli and Hamsty on Memorial Day 2012. We buried them in the backyard and made shell headstones with sharpies + had a service."
Supplies: Lilly Bee patterned paper and stickers; Basic Grey stickers and felt cloud embellishments; pink cardstock.
I used the birds and the cages because they represented pets and "flying" away; plus they were handy and seemed to work well enough.
Scrapbook Take Away Tip: Keep this idea of 2 perspectives in mind when you've got your camera out - take one shot of the whole scene and one of the details or play with what is in focus (they do this on soap operas all the time).