Wednesday, June 9, 2010

What's Black and White and Red All Over?

A newspaper! Get it? Bwaaahahaaa! Raise your hand if you remember that silly joke from way back when!

It came to mind because... yes indeed... it's time for a color challenge at Ella's Pink Scrapbook (aka The Pink Elephant)!

Actually it's sort of a non-color challenge... use a BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPH in your layout!

Lucky for me, I have TONS of beautiful black and white photos of my parents. I'm working on a scrapbook for my dad of all his old photos. That's been quite a project... a work in progress for more than a year... but I'm getting close. I'll be sure to share a few pages with you one of these days.

In the meantime, since the layout I did of my beautiful mother on May 12 was such a hit (thank you so much for your kind comments!), I decided to create another page taken of her while she lived in Panama (see the story in my Bathing Beauty post). I believe I mentioned that because she worked in a photo lab, she was the subject of many pictures. This is one of my very favorites. I can't tell for certain because it's black and white, but I imagine the sky was piercingly blue and her skirt was very colorful. My mother loved color... I get that from her. So I found some colorful Graphic 45 paper that's also vintage looking.

Right after I finish this post, I'm going on eBay to buy another lamp for photographing my pages. My cards look okay, but my pages pale in comparison to what they look like IRL. I also bought a book called Digital SLR Cameras & Photography for Dummies. I just have to find the time to launch into it.

Speaking of which, I'm thinking about replacing my Canon EOS Digital Rebel, and I'm sorely tempted to buy a Nikon (I admit to being swayed by Ashton Kutcher's commercials). If you have an opinion on which is better, I'd love to hear from you! The guy in the store told me primarily it's speed... that the Canon is better for action shots. I don't take many of those. Anyway, please chime in if you have any advice!

Back to my layout... it's loosely based on this sketch by Julie Bonner. Mainly, it's all about the Graphic 45 paper. It's a shame you can't tell from the picture how cool the rhinestone "ribbon" looks. I put little rhinestone flowers in the center of the paper flowers I made to play off the ribbon, and then more rhinestones around the journaling.

Here's another thing I'm realizing about scrapbooking... that I'm nearly always ill-prepared for journaling and titles. I think I need to start jotting things down as they come to me because I get a brain freeze when it comes time to make the page. I'll probably end up changing out the journaling on this one... or not. Who knows. So many pictures, so little time.

So why not get out your black & white pictures and make a page this week! You KNOW you want to! For more inspiration, please click on over to The Pink Elephant and take a look at what the rest of Ella's girls created!

Thanks for stopping by today, my friends! I hope you have a fabulous day!


theneon said...

Lisa, a beautiful layout and what a wonderful project you are undertaking with all your photos. I need to follow your inspiration and example.

Alice Wertz said...

wow! love the photo you used! beautiful layout!! love it, Lisa!

Patti J said...

Yes, you're right...I do WANT to! Just have to 'start' someplace! Okay, sistah, my hand is up! I definitely remember the newspaper ditty! Lisa, your page is so nice. Even though the photo is black and white, it seems like the perfect colors for her skirt! Don't you wish it HAD been a color picture - I'll bet it was SO vibrant! She was a beauty, for sure! Great page, Lisa - thanks for sharing!

Candace said...

Oh my goodness...she looks stunning!!! Beautiful photo, and your layout is beautiful as well!! I have a Nikon D3000 and LOVE it, but I don't know anything about Canons. I always want to get the dummies book!

Krista said...

sooo pretty Lisa, I love that picture!!!

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Beautiful LO Lisa!! Love the photo too!!

Summerthyme Studio said...

Lisa, this is BEAUTIFUL!!! All I can say is WOW!!! Hope you've been well. I've been so busy I have little time to surf, but think about you often!



Kathy Martin said...

What a beautiful photo and a fantastic page! :)

Lynne Phelps said...

Lovely layout, and YES I REMEMBER that joke!! What a hoot, it has been way too many years since I last heard that. Thanks so much for the chuckle!

Trudi said...

What fun (and challenging) to do up a scrapbook for your dad. I love that photo of your mom, I struggle big time to with journaling. Beautiful job on the layout!

Debbie Pamment said...

This is just STUNNING Lisa - LOVE the colours and the love you've put into it! Beautiful - your mum would have been proud!
BTW - the answer to your riddle is - A zebra blushing - hahahaha

Angela said...

Yes I remember the joke too! does that make me old? lol I have the dummies book and I found it informative! and worthwhile. Your LO looks amazing and I love the papers you have used, very vintage! I have a cannon 450D and I love it. take pics in natural sunlight and it might make the difference! xx