If you've watched a summer movie at a theater recently, you may have seen that commercial wtih the girl who has "selfie arm." It's pretty funny, and speaks volumes about our culture, but there is also an interesting line in it toward the end: "There's nobody better at taking a picture of you...than you." Of course, that is debatable, but there's some truth in it. When you turn the lens on yourself, you pose and you compose the shot.
This week's challenge celebrates the selfie, scrapbook-style, extending the idea of the self-portrait to cover an entire page.
Here's the deal:
1. Include one or more selfies -- that is, photos of you, taken by you. Try to keep it real -- don't get dressed up for the shot (unless you're already dressed up to begin with). Come as you are. I dispensed with makeup (and with brushing my hair -- can you tell?), leaned on a nearby window to find some light since the sun was setting, looked into the camera, and took the photo. It's honest.
2. Incorporate your handwriting as a text-based pattern. Even if you don't like your handwriting, I bet it will still look awesome turned into a pattern. I repeated the phrase "me myself and I" on a sheet of Public Library "Story Time" paper with a white gel pen, keeping the words rather small and close together. I used my text-based pattern as a photo mat.
3. Include your name or initial(s) on the page. I opted to use the letter "J" from a sheet of Public Library "Encyclopedia" paper.
4. In your journaling, focus on you. Go beyond the surface and concentrate on the self in "selfie." As you look at the person in the photo, what do you see? What is there that others may not see, but that you know is there? Inspired by the book-themed elements of the page, my journaling takes a metaphorical approach, pushing me to think about myself as a book and to contemplate that book's contents.
5. Select accents, papers, and colors that are SO you. Be true to your style.
I would absolutely LOVE to see your take on this challenge. Link me up to your "selfie" layouts in the comments below. You can also share them in the October Afternoon Flickr gallery.
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