Change to Black-and-White
Design by Sheri Reguly
Squeeze extra photos on your page by reducing them and converting them to black-and-white. These pint-size prints will add to the story but won't distract from the larger focal photo. Place a large block of patterned paper on your page to balance the large photo. Arrange a smaller photo, embellishments, and journaling on top.
Editor's Tip: Create a visual triangle with the placement of your three small photos. This helps direct the eye and keeps your design balanced.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (light kraft, white), WorldWin Papers (dark kraft, green). Patterned paper: BasicGrey (floral), October Afternoon (text), Three Bugs in a Rug (green). Decorative paper: Karen Foster Design (cork), Papertrey Ink (vellum). Fonts: Fling (title) off the Internet, Times New Roman (journaling). Stickers: October Afternoon ("&"), Making Memories (letters). Die cuts: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Brads: BasicGrey (metal-rim), Bazzill Basics Paper (green). Buttons: BasicGrey. Fabric patch: Wrights. Stamp: Hero Arts. Ink: Tsukineko. Punches: EK Success (flower), Martha Stewart Crafts (small butterfly, border), Marvy Uchida (circle, scalloped circle). Dies: Sizzix. Die-cutting tool: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft.
Design by Shannon Zickel
For a fun, relaxed look, randomly overlap photos. Layering creates depth and grounds the page elements. Group and layer small photos to balance a large one.
SOURCES: Cardstock, die cut: Jillibean Soup. Patterned paper: American Crafts (blue star, stripe), Jillibean Soup (yellow star), Making Memories (red star). Stickers: American Crafts. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Pen: American Crafts. Punch: EK Success.
Align Photos in Column
Design by Leah Fung
There's no easier way to fit multiple pictures on a page than arranging them in a photo booth-style strip. Place them on the side of the page to make room for larger images and journaling.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Fonts: Franklin Gothic Book (title, subtitle, label), Arial (journaling). Brad: Making Memories. Digital elements, software: Scrapbook Factory Deluxe.
Design by Laina Lamb
Create eye-catching designs every time by arranging your photos and embellishments in a grid. Start with your photos and place them on cardstock. Then fill empty spots with patterned paper, journaling, and stickers. Connect the first page to the second by extending photos and papers from one onto the other.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (blue, green, orange), Die Cuts With A View (teal). Patterned paper: Bella Blvd. Font: Myriad off the Internet. Stickers: Bella Blvd (word labels), Sticko (blue type). Chipboard accents: American Crafts (yellow letters), Imagination Project (stars). Punch: EK Success. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft. Software: Adobe Illustrator.
Design by Kim Moreno
Include a combination of posed and candid photos. Help favorites stand out by matting them with white cardstock and popping them up with adhesive foam. For whimsical flowers, punch standard circles and scalloped circles of different sizes from patterned paper; scrunch and layer them.
Editor's Tip: Place photos equal distances apart to help create order and separation, but don't stress about measuring. You can achieve the look just by eyeballing the placement.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Core'dinations. Patterned paper, stickers, ribbon, canvas accents, buttons: Jillibean Soup. Pen: American Crafts. Floss: DMC Corp. Punches: Creative Memories (circle), EK Success (scalloped circle), Fiskars (border).
Design by Vicki Boutin
Keep interest up on a multiphoto page by pairing a large photo with a few smaller photos. Gather a cluster of flowers in one corner for a design accent that doesn't take focus off photos.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (pink, dot, blue dot, blue, orange), My Mind's Eye (stripe, script), October Afternoon (yellow dot), Sandylion Sticker Designs (blue floral, green floral, pink floral), Sassafras (grid). Stickers, rub-ons: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard accents, pen: American Crafts. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Gems: Westrim Crafts. Tag: DMD. Stamps: Chatterbox (butterflies), Hero Arts (script). Ink: Ranger Industries. Punches: Embossing machine, folders: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft.
Design by Candi Gershon
Take the guesswork out of photo placement by arranging your photos in collages with the help of digital templates. Leave space in your photo collages for a title and journaling blocks. You can add them directly over the template with traditional supplies, or use image-editing software to add them digitally before printing. Get the same effect by using circle punches on your pictures and arranging them on square punches.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Donna Salazar (painted blue), My Mind?s Eye (orange). Patterned paper: Sandylion Sticker Designs. Font: Pea Jeannie Script off the Internet. Stickers: KI Memories (paint palette), Studio Calico (letters used as title template). Pen: Sharpie. Paint: Making Memories (blue), Delta (white). Digital templates: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 517 (right-hand page), ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 520 (left-hand page). Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0. Digital elements: Paint Streaks by MaryAnn Wise.
Use Photos as Accents
Design by Erin Clarkson
Add an extra photo by turning it into a page accent. Crop the photo into a shape using a punch. Then, prop it up with adhesive foam.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Adornit-Carolee's Creations (yellow), Fancy Pants Designs (orange), KI Memories (navy blue). Font: Incognitype. Stickers: American Crafts (white letters), Making Memories ("together," "adore"), Sandylion Sticker Designs ("buddies," "her"). Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves (circles), K&Company ("cherished"). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (hearts), KI Memories ("&").
Mat Small Photos
Design by Iris Babao Uy
Resize photos to index size, anchor them with patterned-paper mats, and visually separate them with an asymmetrical grid of paper strips. The design includes multiple photos while leaving room for journaling.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper, die cut, stamp: October Afternoon. Stickers: Sandylion Sticker Designs. Rubber accents: October Afternoon (butterfly), KI Memories (all other). Ink: Tsukineko.
Place Photos in Columns
Design by Jamie Waters
Arrange photos in whimsical columns to capture the chaos of one day. Leave a white border around each photo for distinction. Place the grouping of photos on patterned paper. Position one special photo on the other side of the layout on a different patterned paper to draw attention to it.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey (blue), Crate Paper (orange). Decorative paper: KI Memories. Die cut: SEI. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), Making Memories (labels). Pin: Fancy Pants Designs. Button: Making Memories. Jewel: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Pearls: BasicGrey. Photos: JAC Photography.
Crop Photos in Squares
Design by Cathy Blackstone
Create a grid-format scrapbook page using 12 photos, a title, journaling, and several embellishments.
Editor's Tip: To crop the photos uniformly, use a square punch. Flip the punch over so you can see exactly where you're cutting.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (green distressed), We R Memory Keepers (heart), Moxxie (blue), Scenic Route Paper Co. (green geometric). Font: Rough Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: Love, Elsie (letters); Scenic Route Paper Co. (orange labels); FontWerks (all other). Ribbon: Offray. Sequins: Westrim Crafts. Trim: Creative Imaginations. Rubber accent: KI Memories.
Use a Background Image
Design by Jennifer Perks
To make room for more photos, place a large photo in the background of your page and hide journaling under a supporting photo. To mimic the hidden journaling in this layout, fold cardstock like a card and mat a photo on top. Place journaling inside the folded cardstock.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Core'dinations (pink), Wausau Paper (white). Patterned paper: Making Memories. Font: Adobe Caslon Pro. Magnetic snap: BasicGrey. Paint: Delta Creative. Thread: Coats & Clark. Dies, die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft.
Create Postage-Stamp Frames
Design by Caroline Ikeji
Document the excitement of one day with 16 images displayed in postage-stamp-style frames. Break up the photos by creating some postage stamps made from embellishments. Keep photos black-and-white, then add embellishments in neutral tones for interest.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3. Font: Another Typewriter off the Internet. Digital elements: Simple Classics No. 1 kit (small white tag, "today" and "treasure" word strips, tan buttons, stitching), Simple Classics No. 2 kit ("good times" and "enjoy today" word strips), Simple Classics No. 3 kit (flower buttons), Simple Classics No. 4 kit (yellow background), Simple Classics No. 6 kit ("celebrate" and "embrace" word strips), Ledger Paper Piecings Flowers (flower with text), Postage Frames Mega Pack (frames), Messy Alpha No. 2 (title) by Katie Pertiet; Hanging Tags No. 1 (circle tag), Esther Elements (start) by Anna Aspnes; Autumn Lines Elements (orange floral circle, leaves, daisies), Crisp October kit (sticker) by Jesse Edwards; Pina kit (all other) by Andrea Victoria.
Scrapbook 40 Pictures
Design by Sarah Klemish
Arrange a large group of photos in image-editing software, then print as one sheet for easy scrapbooking. Keep papers and embellishments simple to avoid overwhelming small photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (navy, red, kraft, green), WorldWin Papers (turquoise). Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Transparency: My Mind's Eye. Font: Old Remington by Autumn Leaves. Die cut: Creative Cafe by Creative Imaginations. Chipboard accents: Maya Road. Floss: Jo-Ann Stores. Thread: Coats & Clark. Software: Adobe Photoshop 5.0.
Journal Down the Middle
Design by Candi Gershon
Contrast two settings by dividing your page in half. Place two large photos at the top of a scrapbook page, then line the edges with smaller shots. Journal down the middle to explain the differences.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Fonts: Open Spaces by Two Peas in a Bucket (title, captions), Pea Sue's Print (journaling) off the Internet. Digital elements: Emma's Sundress kit (stitched border) by Michelle Coleman, Bookbag Essentials kit (doodle arrow), Forever Grateful kit (paper), Stitched Journaling Strips pack (tag) by Katie Pertiet.
Create a Photo Border
Design by Heather Melzer
Turn a strip of contact-size photos into a decorative border for the main layout image. Print them in black-and-white to keep the focus on the larger image. Use a neutral background and minimum embellishments to balance the photos.
SOURCES: Software: Microsoft Digital Image Pro. Fonts: LDJ Crafty (title), Heather's Hand (journaling) off the Internet. Digital elements: Parker kit (beige paper, "smile" sticker), Twiggy kit (green button), Penelope kit (yellow button), Snapshot of Spring kit (green button), September Idea Notebook (string), Sunny Delight kit (rickrack) by Digital Design Essentials; Ocean Picnic kit (striped paper, notebook paper, blue paper, flower) by Scrap Artist; Just Plane Cute kit (map) by Laura Deacetis; Eclectic kit (photo corner) by Heather Ann Designs.
Create a Collage
Design by Vicki Boutin
Ground a large photo by double-matting it with coordinating patterned paper. Then, to keep the multiphoto page balanced, group supporting shots in a collage. In the opposite corner of the large photo, place heavier accents to balance the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: K&Company (stripe), My Mind's Eye (polka dot), October Afternoon (light blue). Chipboard snowmen: My Mind's Eye. Stickers: Pink Paislee.
Cut Photos into Slim Rectangles
Design by Jennifer Perks
Crop photos into thin rectangles to fit multiple shots on one page. Tight cropping also helps keep the focus on your subjects. Place rectangles of patterned paper and accents between the shots.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Core'dinations (red), Making Memories (gray), Prism Papers (green, yellow), Stampin' Up! (cream), Bazzill Basics Paper (all other). Font: Big Caslon off the Internet. Stickers: Doodlebug Design ("we love"), Queen & Co ("sweater weather"). Acrylic accent: Heidi Swapp. Felt accent, gems, pearls: Queen & Co. Buttons: My Mind?s Eye. Pen: American Crafts. Zipper, thread: Coats & Clark. Floss: DMC Corp. Punches: Martha Stewart Crafts.
Line Photos Up
Design by Vicki Boutin
Put a creative spin on a photo strip by starting with one large photo. Mat the large photo on a different color of cardstock to give it even more distinction.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers: Sandylion Sticker Designs. Gems: Westrim Crafts. Stamps: Gel-a-tins (large butterflies), Hero Arts (border, small butterfly), Sandylion Sticker Designs (circles). Ink: Ranger Industries, Tsukineko. Pen: Sakura of America.
Crop Photos Vertically
Design by Shannon Zickel
Keep your multiphoto scrapbook page focused by cropping in on high-energy photos. Ground a row of vertically cropped photos with horizontal strips of patterned paper.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Jillibean Soup. Patterned paper: American Crafts (yellow, green), Jillibean Soup (brown). Stickers, pen: American Crafts. Rub-ons: Hambly Screen Prints. Chipboard accents: Technique Tuesday (large star), ColorBox by Clearsnap. Punch: EK Success.
Scrapbook a Year
Design by Shannon Tidwell
Celebrate a year of milestones in one quick multiphoto layout. Use a neutral background and white photo borders to keep the focus on colorful snapshots taken at different times. One-word labels for each photo make quick journaling.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (pink), KI Memories (green, blue). Stickers: Doodlebug Design (letters), K&Company (daisies). Chipboard accents, brads: KI Memories. Ribbon: American Crafts (pink), KI Memories (green). Pins: Making Memories. Pen: Sharpie. Punches: Martha Stewart Crafts (border punch).
Re-create a Photo Booth
Design by Aly Dosdall
Use photo strips to capture multiple photos of a brief occurrence. Set your camera for continuous shooting, or simply take one photo immediately after another to get the full effect. Include impactful journaling and selected accents to add color to your page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: DMD. Patterned paper, rub-ons: Black River Designs. Stickers: American Crafts. Brads: The Paper Studio. Felt flowers, ribbon: Jillibean Soup. Date stamp: Shiny.
Divide into Quadrants
Design by Grace Tolman
Divide a scrapbook page into unequal quadrants. You can see Grace's pen marks where she decided to separate her pictures. Then place cropped photos and journaling along the dividing lines of each quadrant.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (pink), The Paper Co. (blue). Patterned paper: Imagination Project. Ticket stub: Creative Imaginations. Pen: EK Success. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft.
Make Room for Journaling
Design by Ann Costen
Arrange a cluster of photos in rows for a streamlined look. Place the cluster slightly off-center to make room for journaling and a title.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers: Scenic Route Paper Co. Stamps: Just Cre8. Ink: Stampin' Up!. Pens: Staedtler. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.
Accent Supporting Photos
Design by Pam Callaghan
Make a favorite photo center stage by matting it with patterned paper and placing it at the top of your page. Use horizontal strips of patterned paper to ground a row of supporting photos. It's a great way to spotlight smaller photos on a multiphoto scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Anna Griffin (orange, paisley, green), Making Memories (star). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers, chipboard accents: Anna Griffin. Die-cutting tool: Making Memories. Corner rounder: EK Success.
Leave Room for Accents
Design by Laura Vegas
If your photos are all a similar color and pose, shrink the photos to leave room for pretty patterned paper and accents. Although the pictures stay a focal point, the page doesn't get boring or repetitive.
SOURCES: Cardstock, pen: American Crafts. Patterned paper, brads: Making Memories. Font: Prissy Frat Boy off the Internet. Rub-ons: Li'l Davis Designs. Die cuts: Creative Cafe by Creative Imaginations. Flowers: Creative Cafe by Creative Imaginations (green), Doodlebug Design (yellow). Ribbon: American Crafts (yellow scallop), Making Memories (white). Embossing template: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft. Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2.
Use Wallet-Size Photos
Design by Jen Lessinger
If you're using photos from random events, play up the casual feel with a scattered layout. Divide your pages into four sections, grouping pictures by date or event. To fit multiple photos on the layout, have them printed at wallet-size. Add a journaling tag next to each photo as a caption.
SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper, stickers: Little Yellow Bicycle. Font: Century Gothic. Chipboard accents: American Crafts (green asterisks), Autumn Leaves (heart, star). Rub-ons, buttons: Autumn Leaves. Ribbon: American Crafts. Flower: Sassafras. Punches: EK Success (heart, hole border punch), Marvy Uchida (large circle), Martha Stewart Crafts (starburst).
Number Picture Sequence
Design by Jennifer Perks
When showing growth on a multiphoto page, number the photos to illustrate sequence, as Jennifer did in this page documenting her daughter's dental adventures. Type a number on each photo in image-editing software before printing, or add stickers after you print.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (pink, floral, dark green), Fancy Pants Designs (purple dot), Pebbles, Inc. (green dot, pink dot), SEI (light blue circles, green floral). Font: Century Gothic. Vellum: Stampin' Up!. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (small letters), Making Memories (large glittered letters). Gems: Queen & Co. Glitter: Martha Stewart Crafts. Punches: EK Success (open heart, large heart, circle), Stampin' Up! (scalloped edge, photo corner), Target (star). Decorative-edge blade: Purple Cows.
Pack Photos into Strips
Design by Laura Vegas
Strips of pint-size photos make room for plenty of shots. To avoid overwhelming the page, place pictures of objects or landscapes between portraits. Leave space between photos for embellishments, too, to give the eye a resting spot.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp. Font: Postmaster by Autumn Leaves. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (white letters), Making Memories (flowers). Die cut: My Mind's Eye. Acrylic flower, brads, ribbon, trim: Making Memories. Felt flowers: American Crafts. Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2.
Center a Title
Design by Cathy Blackstone
Keep a photo grouping grounded by placing your title in the middle. Instead of taking over the page, the black-and-white pictures will help support the colorful title.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey (rust), My Mind's Eye (brown). Laser-cut paper: KI Memories. Font: Chocolate Bleu off the Internet. Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.
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