Fun with Cross-Out Poems

September 16, 2016

This week on the Get It Scrapped blog the team shared an interesting approach to scrapbook page storytelling which comes in the form of cross-out, blackout and erasure poetry.

Now let's be clear, I am no poet, but as someone who struggles regularly with getting her stories written down on the page, I was very excited to give this a try and approach my journaling from this creative angle in this page about my niece.

Best Year Ever by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Creashens: Midsummer Day Papers and Elements; Original Poem by Linda Reznicek.

Here's what I had to say about this challenging, yet fun approach:

"I made this page to showcase a recent photo I took of my niece to commemorate her first birthday. I thought a cross-out poem would bring something special to this page.”

“In preparation for making my cross-out poem, I read through a number of poems about aspen trees (my niece’s name is Aspen) until I found Riding Through a Grove of Aspens by Linda Reznicek. I retyped the poem into my text box in Photoshop using Century Schoolbook font, and I layered the text over an old textured paper to make this poem look as though it was torn straight from a book.”

“I then drew pink rectangles over the words I wanted to highlight and played around with my blending modes to create the highlighter effect you see here.  I used Photoshop’s line tool to cross out the remaining words.”

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

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