Play it Again! Guy Time

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I (Katie) am so excited to bring you another round of “Play it Again” and share with you many different ways to digi scrap the same memory. This is a great way to illustrate some of the many possibilities that exist when it comes to digital scrapbooking! Here at The Daily Digi we really want to emphasize that there is not a “right way” or a “wrong way” to put together a layout. It’s more about capturing the memory, finding your own style(s), and PLAYING! Yes, it’s ok to play and have fun!

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THE INSTRUCTIONS:

Many scrappers feel that the hardest subject to scrap for is older boys/men.  I gave some of the best scrappers in the digi community a photo of my teenage son to work with so they could inspire us with some male-based layouts. I decided to give them a photo that has no theme – I didn’t want to make it easier by using a school or video game type of photo, this way the emphasis was simply on him being a guy. The only rule they had to follow was to include my journaling. Everything else (including the title) was up to them!

THE JOURNALING:

I love this picture of Alex because he is mid-giggle. His whole face lights up when he laughs and I can’t help but feel like life is wonderful when he is happy. He is growing up so fast, but I love being a part of the journey he is on to becoming an amazing young man!

THE RESULTS:

I was thrilled to see all the different ways this photo was scrapped – all of them are amazing!

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Who says you can’t use flowers on a guy layout? The flowers and foilage are a fun mix with the metal elements and title work. This page feels very masculine, but also sweet and cheery. I love the stitching in back of the clustered papers and embellishments. Fabulous!

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Layout by Britanee Jean. Gallery link. Credits: ‘It’s About Him’ by Captivated Visions.

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I love the cutout of my son on this one, it really makes his handsome face pop. I love the effect of him coming out of the frame to smile at us. The rich accent colors in opposing corners creates a very nice page design and the background is just so cool. Love this!

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Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Gallery link. Credits: On The Front Porch and Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow by Plum Dumpling Designs
You Define Me word tag by Chelle’s Creations. Big Ruckus AOE font

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I love repeating photos on a layout, it’s a great way to emphasize the importance of the subject. This page is filled with guy-style goodness – the stars & metal accents are great embellishments for a male page. I absolutely adore the title work!

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Layout by Tracy Ducar (aka Tracyfish). Gallery link. Credits: Wish Upon A Star by Melissa Bennett. Frame Masks Set #8 by Penny Springmann. Font-Traveling Typewriter

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The blending and the cool clustered embellishments make this a stunning page! I love the splatters along the edge of the page as well. Incredible!

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Layout by Beth Santos-Gugol aka kewl_jive. Gallery link. Credits: Old cars by Marta Designs.

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I’m so in love with the papers on this layout, especially that leafy canvas looking background paper. The fun layers of frames, stitching, buttons, and torn journaling paper around the photo really bring the viewer in to linger on the memory. Beautiful page!

Layout by Brenda (3LittleKs). Gallery link. Credits: Live. Love. Learn. Grow – MScraps Collaboration.

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This layout design is so happy and fun! I love the word strips mixed in with bits of paper and embellishments and the color scheme is a favorite of mine. Wonderful page!

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Layout by Heather Hess (talktoheather). Gallery link. About a Boy by Designs by Lili and Leora Sanford, Bugga and Frogger by Amy Martin and Zinnias and Swallowtails, The Sara by Heather Hess, Shadow Like Me by One Little Bird, and Totally Rad Photoshop Actions

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I love the “Danger – Future Heartbreaker” sign! All the metal pieces on this are just really cool. Totally guy and totally awesome!

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Layout by HollyinJapan. Gallerylink. Credits: Industrial Bundle by ViVa Artistry and Studio Gypsy. Font is 1942 Report.

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The black and white treatment of this photo is such a great way to keep the focus on my son. I also LOVE that little stamped image of him! The page composition is well thought out because the viewer’s eye moves easily throughout the layout to enjoy each part of it. Wonderful!

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Layout by Lorilei Murphy. Gallery Link. Credits: Smile Word Art by Studio Bethany, Of Earth and Sky by Studio Vivarant, Just a Boy by Studio Boutique Cute Dolls

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These layouts are all completely different from each other, but every one of them is fantastic! Each scrapper captured my son’s personality and created a great masculine page. There’s no reason to feel intimidated by guy themed layouts, just enjoy the process. Thanks so much to the talented digi scrappers who helped us see all the different ways to PLAY!

Look through each layout again and think about which one you prefer. Think about why that one stands out to you and what you like about it. It’s a great exercise to help you learn about yourself as a scrapper and your own preferred style. It also might help you explore some new styles that you haven’t tried before.  Its perfectly OK to use several different styles and methods in your own scrapbooking – I do it all the time!  When you get ready to work on your next layout, take some time to think about all the ways you could play with that memory and have some fun!

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P.S. Lucrecia is the random winner from yesterday’s post and won $10 in product from Meghan Mullens.  Check your email!