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Easy Wedding Photo Album

Create a beautiful wedding album for a newly married couple by using their wedding photographs and our quick and easy formula.

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    • Sort Wedding Photos into Categories

      Design by Irma Gabbard

      Creating an entire wedding album may seem like a daunting task, but Irma found an easy way to create a quick album gift. To begin, she narrowed down the hundreds of photos taken at the wedding by focusing on six aspects from the day and finding a few favorite photos that best represent each of the following categories: the bride, the groom, the wedding party, the details, the ceremony, and the newly married couple. Each of the concepts was given its own 8x8" two-page spread.

       

      SOURCES: Album: Pioneer. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: 7Gypsies (brown), Making Memories (green). Fonts: Corinthia (titles) off the Internet, Times New Roman (definitions). Journaling blocks: Making Memories. Metal accents: Jo-Ann Scrap Essentials. Die-cutting tools: Cricut by Provo Craft (leaves), Wishblade by Xyron (titles). Photos: Nicole Thomas Photography.

    • Choose a Color Palette

      Design by Irma Gabbard

      Irma wanted the photos to take center stage in the album, so she chose a complementary brown, green, and orange color scheme similar to the wedding's palette. Before you go shopping, print out a color swatch to take the guesswork out of finding coordinating products.

    • Start With a Basic Sketch

      Design by Irma Gabbard

      Irma started with a basic sketch that she could easily rotate and adjust based on the number of 4x6" and 3x3" photos that she wanted to include on her 8x8" spreads. See how she varied her original sketch by viewing each spread in the following slides.

    • Create a Simple Title Page

      Design by Irma Gabbard

      Irma designed a simple title page with a 4x6" photo and the couple's names. She backed the photo and title with a shaped journaling block.

    • Use Standard Photo Sizes

      Design by Irma Gabbard

      Standard-size photos simplify making an album. Irma added a white border around each of her 4x6" photos for a more finished look. She printed them at home using her computer, but you could also have your photo lab add a white border to your pictures.

    • Die-cut Low-cost Album Accents

      Design by Irma Gabbard

      If you have a die-cutting tool, put it to work to create inexpensive design elements from cardstock. Irma used her Cricut Expression to cut the botanical elements that appear on each spread. She die-cut identical leaves from brown and green cardstock and layered them slightly off kilter for a cool shadow effect.

    • Unify Each Page with Die-Cut Titles

      Design by Irma Gabbard

      Computer-connected digital cutters, such as the Wishblade by Xyron, make it easy to create custom die-cut text treatments. Irma chose an elegant script font to die-cut each of her page titles from brown cardstock. To adhere the dainty titles, use a sticker maker or back cardstock with an adhesive sheet before cutting.

    • Repeat Design Elements on Each Spread

      Design by Irma Gabbard

      By repeating design elements on each spread, Irma gave her album a cohesive feel. In addition to the die-cut titles and leaves and shaped journaling blocks, Irma anchored each spread with two coordinating paper strips that stretched across both pages. She also printed definitions from the dictionary that reinforce each page's theme, included metal word accents, and added punched orange cardstock holes to tie the look together.

    • Add Blank Journaling Blocks

      Design by Irma Gabbard

      Because the album is a gift, Irma included blank journaling blocks for the bride and groom to fill in their own memories of the special day.

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      Overlap Your Photos for a Layered Look

      Design by Irma Gabbard

      For a more artistic look, print some photos in black-and-white and some in color. Take advantage of negative space in your photos by overlapping the pictures.

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      Complete the Album With a Final Page

      Design by Irma Gabbard

      Include a final page. Irma used a shot of the couple leaving after the wedding to complete her album. A journaling block frames her die-cut title.

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      Include Similar Elements on the Album Cover

      Design by Irma Gabbard

      To finish her album, Irma repeated elements from the pages in her album on the cover. She printed a title and date on cream cardstock and added miniature versions of her die-cut leaves and orange circles before tucking the square in the album window.

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