Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Let's Scrap More Photos!

It's no secret that single photo scrapbook pages are all the rage right now.  And, while I admire that style, I also think that scrapping with multiple photos has its place, too.  Other people have mentioned to me that they find that style of scrapping intimidating, overwhelming, and often not enjoyable.  Since this is something I personally love, I thought I would pass on a few tips for creating layouts with two or more photos and journaling.

Tip #1: Use A Grid.

Using grids isn't a new idea, but it's so effective and pleasing to the eye that it bears repeating.  It creates little homes for each of your pictures, as well as journaling spots or titles.  Remember that grids don't have to be boring and you can still dress them up with elements or clusters.  Keep in mind that grids can have sections that are the same size, like the one pictured above, or you can vary the size or orientation of your sections for more visual interest, like the one below: 

Tip #2:  Build A Set of Photos into a Single Photo Mat. 

If you are used to scrapping one photo, then this should be an easy way to include a few more pictures.   In the ballet page shown here, I could've easily just used the photo of my classmate and I to fill that whole space, but instead, I created two photo masks inside the outer mat and clipped two photos into each one.  I like having another photo to help tell my story.

 I used the same idea in this page about our messy trip to the Dairy Queen.  It was easy to create a strip of photos inside the a space that some might expect to see only one photo, and instead of just showing the moment for one child, I could show how funny all of them were.  This page also gives a better overall feel of what our family life was like at this time.

Tip #3: Create a Large Focal Picture, Then Add a block of Smaller Photos.

This is another easy idea for someone who scraps single photos.  Once you have your photo in place, and before you add anything else, try adding in a set of tiny set of pictures near the top, bottom, or side of a larger photo.  You get more visual interest and more cute little photos to document the moment.
Here's a similar idea on this page about my daughter's trip to the orthodontist.  The two upper photos work together as the focal point.  I wanted to show some pictures when she was in the office getting the brackets on, but I wanted them to be secondary to her cute smile in the upper photos.

Tip #4: Make a Double Page Layout.

I admit that I favor my single page layouts, but if I'm being honest, my two page layouts are heroes when it comes to showcasing a lot of pictures and documenting our life stories.  I especially love them for event photos, which can be daunting at times. 

I usually choose somewhere between 4-10 photos, cull them down to the ones that I think will work best with the page I have in mind, and get going.  I tend to use grids or mirror the design from one page onto the opposite page, or I might flip the page design by 90 degrees, 180 degrees, and so on.  Simplicity in design and a minimum amount of fuss can remove a lot of the stumbling blocks when creating a two page spread.

Those of us in the United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week, so take some pictures and create a layout about it with more than one photo.  If you don't celebrate this holiday, then find another set of photos and make a page with them.

If you are interested in the kits I used to create these layouts, you will find them in Celeste's Store at Pixels and Co.

Enjoy your weekend!

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