Being Realistic How important is it to you?
Posted 15 January 2011 - 10:55 AM
I was thinking this morning as I read the NL and saw the SS winning LO with the denim and the zippers, etc. and wondered if anyone would scrap with those things in 'real life'--on paper. I've wondered this about rocks and seashells and other chunky embellies too. I started wondering if that is important, digitally--to be 'realistic' or 'like paper'. I'm interested in hearing your opinions. Personally, I'm not comfortable putting elements in my digiscrapping that I don't see on paper scrapped layouts. I subscribe to several magazines and am surprised at how 'chunky' some LOs are, but I'm sitting on the fence wondering.
I know we are free to be very creative digitally and there are no limits. But what do YOU like?
Posted 15 January 2011 - 11:03 AM
I guess I just pick and chhose the best of both world!!
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Posted 15 January 2011 - 12:05 PM
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Posted 15 January 2011 - 12:28 PM
btw...i think this is an interesting post and poll you started ..i will enjoy seeing all the answers...
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Posted 15 January 2011 - 02:08 PM
For me personally, anything I create needs to be as realistic as possible. For instance, I have no problem creating fantasy-type scenes with extracted photos of babies hanging from stars with clouds in the background, etc., etc., etc., as long as everything is shadowed, layered, shaded, etc. to be as realistic-looking as possible within that context.
I guess you could think of it as a scientist (this is the left-side of my brain poking its head in my right side's business!):
We have absolutely no idea what kinds of things go on in the rest of our universe. There may be planets where there is bright pink grass, inhabitants who walk on their heads, and everybody drinks sulfur. OK. Weird to us, but whatev, right? To each their own.
The things that are the same are our universal rules. Things like gravity, the speed of light, and the freezing point of water. These are constants across our universe, no matter where you go. So on that planet, even if you're drinking sulfur for breakfast, it's not going to be floating in midair, because it's bound by the force of gravity.
Does that even remotely make sense? Or am I leading y'all down MY mind's pathway's and making everybody REALLY scared? LOL!
Anyway, my point is, no matter what you decide to do, there are constants - shadowing, layering, light directions, etc. that should apply to every art piece. That's my idea of "realistic." Within those rules, anything goes. However, since this is digital, you can control everything, including things like shadows, light sources, etc., so your ultimate creation is up to you. And that's great if that's something you choose to have fun and experiment with. I just prefer to stick within those "universal constants."
Posted 15 January 2011 - 03:31 PM
My LO's tend to resemble paper more though.
I haven't really gotten into the fantasy yet, but I LOVE looking at them and wondering "how did they do that"
Since I write poetry I consider myself pretty creative and I am a big SUPPORTER of ARTISTIC LICENSE. What might be a poem to me may not be a poem to you, and the same goes for scrapping.
This was a great question and poll and I loved reading all of the responses.
Posted 15 January 2011 - 04:06 PM
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Posted 15 January 2011 - 10:59 PM
My paper scrapbooks, which I still dabble in, tend to be lumpy-ish. I used buttons (flat-ish ones), fibers/yarn, brads, and remember/know all the metal from Making Memories company? Yeah, I used that too. I love that I can have the lump but my pages are flat in digi. I took a look at a couple of your pages Kim (love your style, I always have!)...on the first couple lines I see a row of buttons and a butterfly on a couple pages. Buttons on paper pages do end up being really lumpy. Yet they look cool on a paper or digi page. Butterflies on a paper page are usually/always stickers and look very, well, unnatural. Yet on a digi page the shadow can be made such that it looks like a real butterfly landed on the page.
So I guess what I'm saying is I like having the best of both worlds:) Great question Kim; looks like it made us all think!
Posted 16 January 2011 - 12:02 AM
As I looked through the books, things were falling off of pages, etc. I ended up tearing them apart and have donated the actual albums. I have a stack of stuff I'm going to scan into my computer and then I'll make some digital layouts.
It made me kind of sick when I thought about how much time I had spent on those layouts and they weren't lasting at all. But my digi layouts are all perfect - of course. And it was sickening to release that I had accidentally glued a couple of things on some heritage photos.
I was sick, sick, sick about it. I never have to worry about ruining photos as a digital scrapbooker!
My 8.5x11 paper books (I have a lot of them) were made in the days before scrapbooking got lumpy and the books fit on shelves, so I'll keep them as they are.
If I didn't think I liked digital scrapbooking enough before, that experience with my 12x12 albums completely and utterly convinced me that I'm on the right path with it.
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Posted 21 January 2011 - 09:01 PM
I arrived at digitial scrapping only 3 months ago - through making a few photobooks of my travels. Already it's much more than that for me now. Sometimes its a fun way to dress up poor photos and can be a personal record but sometimes it can "morph" into an art form and become quite a strong medium for conveying a range of messages.
Thanks for the question!
Posted 25 January 2011 - 03:57 PM
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