Mimic a Photo | Nerd Nest Challenge 1

The August Nerd Nest Challenge is to Mimic your Photo. Take something from your photo and mimic it in your design!

Here are some ideas for how to interpret this challenge:

  • Create a pattern inspired by the background of your photo
  • Use a font for your title that mimics a font found on signage in your photo
  • Use an embellishments that look similar to items found in your photo
  • Use textures or colors found in your photo
  • Decorate your layout with icon embellishments representing the subject of your photo

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For my take on the challenge, I made a spread with a pocket page and traditional 12×12 page about the Pompeii Exhibition. I loved the mosaic background in the gladiator photo of Eliza, so I decided to mimic the pattern with paper!

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I chose a dark navy background paper and a few strips of solid colored scrap papers that had an aged-looking texture. I cut the strips into little squares and glued them down with wet glue in a pattern to mimic the mosaic look!

At first I thought I’d do a circular pattern, like the one found in the background, but I quickly realized that I’d need very small square scraps to make a circle work with my large photo. I opted for a simpler pattern with larger squares instead.

This was a fun way to really make this photo stand out!

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Because the mosaic background is such a focal point, I included the other photos from the exhibition in a simple pocket page.

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For the title pocket, I trimmed down a program and added a 3×4 card that mimicked the laurel wreath found in some of the Pompeii artifacts. This helped me to stretch the program to the right size and subtly reinforce my spread’s theme.

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I had many, many photos from this exhibit to choose from, but I narrowed down to the ones that I thought best told the story: the people I went with, artifacts representative of the exhibit as a whole, some of the things I found most interesting (like the thespian masks and signet rings), and a body cast from the aftermath of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

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I finished off the spread with a little bit of journaling on two layered cards, which helped bring some of the colors found on the pocket page to the very neutral colored mosaic page.

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I want to see your take on the challenge! Share a link in the comments or use the hashtag #nerdnestchallenge on social media!

Remember that you can do anything you’d like for this challenge–it doesn’t just have to be scrapbooking! Just insert your documenting area (art journaling, videography, etc.) for the word scrapbooking in the challenge!

Check back on Mondays throughout the month of August for takes from the Nerd Nest Creative Team.