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Full Page Photo Foundations + Gratitude + Using What You Have

In this week’s Craft The Story video (Episode 10) I’m talking about why I like full page photo foundations, using what you have, stories of gratitude, and showing you my process for bringing it all together + the choices I make along the way. 

Let's dive in: 

Here's a look at my completed page: 

Full page photo foundations are one of my favorite ways to approach storytelling. The basic idea is this: rather than using cardstock or pattern paper as the base of my page I love using photos. I take photos with this concept in mind and look for opportunities to include more white space when I'm composing my photos which results in space on my photos for embellishments + words. White space in photos doesn't mean it's white - it just means it's an area/space around/surrounding/between your subject. It's also called negative space. It can be something like the grass in this photo, the sky, cement, etc. 

This layout is a 12x12 but you can also do this in really any size. 

In the video you'll see me try out a variety of different ideas before settling on this simple grid of circles on top of my photo. I used these circle stickers as home for my thankful list and paired them with gold puffy numbers and a One Little Word® phrase stamp. For this project I used a Micron pen from this pack

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11 thoughts

  1. totteacher says…
    03/12/2021

    Woo hoo love it! Those yellow circles made me so happy too! *runs outside to take a pic of my feet in the grass... 🥰🥰💚

    Reply 1 Reply
    1. AliEdwards says…
      03/12/2021

      Ha! So fun!

  2. rhondawilcox says…
    03/12/2021

    Really enjoying this weekly series. Thank you!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      03/12/2021

      You are welcome! It's been really fun for me too.

  3. Mel_12 says…
    03/12/2021

    I always shy away from full page photos because of the cost of printing them but while I was listening to this weeks video I realised I wouldn't worry about paying the same price for a piece of patterned paper! Lightbulb moment. Thanks Ali, love my Fridays here and this layout was great.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      03/12/2021

      Oh that's awesome!

    2. achaffin39 says…
      03/12/2021

      That is a great point!

  4. Elizabeth_Heinz says…
    03/12/2021

    LOVE these videos Ali. It’s always refreshing to see your REAL process:)

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      03/12/2021

      Thank you!

  5. achaffin39 says…
    03/12/2021

    So inspiring! Makes me want to grab some products and just go for it!

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    1. Mel_12 says…
      03/13/2021

      Do it! I'm sure you will enjoy the process and the result.

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