I love white space, particularly on my photos. When I use photos on my page with some empty space, I tend to overlap that space with title/journaling/embellishments, not to fill the page, but to ground the photo. Here's an example:
I did this page for Thinking Through Design, using Studio Calico's City of Lights kit. I love the photo; it just seems so poignant. When we had the whole beach to ourselves, the whole summer in front of us, my son, knelt at the edge of the water and started building in the dirt. It was just so him.
I try to take photos that are asymmetrical--my pages tend towards asymmetry in general, but with asymmetrical photos, that leaves white space to play with. Here I added the title and journaling to the right, which drew attention to my son.
Another example of white space (and my love for asymmetry!):
This page I made for my parents using some leftover photos from last summer and my boys at Mears Park in St. Paul. I used Simple Stories' new collection Summer Fresh, which is a perfect collection for boys. I sprayed with Studio Calico mist (custard?) then lay the photos on top of the messiest part of the mist, which left just a nice splash of color beside it. Even though the photos didn't have a lot of white space, I did a lot of overlapping with stickers to ground the photos a bit. Finally, I added the title to the white and a little bit of stickers to the left to form a visual triangle, leaving the rest of the page open to draw more attention to the photos and title.
And for some news...
This last page was my submission to the Write Click Scrapbook's talent search, and I am proud to say that I was one of two people selected as a winner! I have loved this site from the beginning, and I can't wait to work with such talented people.
And more news:
Please go to Scrap Street Magazine and enjoy this online publication--and my layout Summer Bucket List 2012 is on the cover of July! Sweet. We've already done 4 of the things on the list, which is great, and I also have made a mini to keep track of what we accomplish off the list. I'll share that next week.
Enjoy the weekend, and may your weather be cooler and less humid than mine. :-) Get out and take some pictures, and leave some white space in them.