Back when I started scrapping, we mostly used multiple photos on our layouts. Then the trend for using just one photo popped up, and we all got hooked. Don’t get me wrong. I love a single photo LO and the artistic opportunities they provide. I have many, many single photo LO’s in my albums. But I can’t help thinking that we are missing so many storytelling possibilities.
I don’t know about you, but I did lose my confidence in creating multiple photo layouts; sometimes it just seems so hard to fit them all in. And what if I’m a double-page-aphobe too? Oh, the dilemma! LOL.
I have used eight – count them eight! – pics on this single page LO. Who knew that was even possible?
So, let me share a few tips I have picked up along the way and see if it helps you to conquer a fear ☺
1. Keep It Simple – if you are using a bunch of photos, your page is going to naturally be busy. Try to keep patterned papers in particular as minimal as possible. In this LO I have used paint and netting as alternative to busy PP’s. This way the focus remains on the pictures.
2. Size Matters – Think about resizing your images, with a photo editing program, or cropping your pics to best capture the story. A uniform size is also preferable where possible. E.g. For this layout I printed in 6”x4” size, but didn’t think it really added anything to the LO to have my wheelie bins and clothesline in the frame LOL.
So I physically cropped it down to a size I liked with my paper trimmer, and then used it as a template for the rest. A larger “accent” photo may also look good.
3. Consider Orientation – That is whether portrait or landscape. As with size, a uniform look can be effective, but you can play with the placement. In fact a vertical (portrait) 5”x7” photo with three horizontal (landscape) 3”x2”s stacked up along side can look great! Like so:
4. Make your photos POP! – by either printing them with a white border, or matting them with white cardstock. In fact, the pics on this LO have been matted with the white insert pages from album refills.
5. Don’t Be Scared – to overlap your photos slightly. It can actually help to fit them on the page. I happen to think it looks particularly good when they have been matted.
6. Be Selective - You don’t need to fit every single photo you’ve printed onto the LO. Only choose what you think looks best when the project is in front of you.
7. If All Else Fails, Cheat! – There are heaps of multi-photo scrapping sketches available in magazines and online. This can be a really useful way of conquering your fear as all the hard work has been done. You will then gain some confidence to try your own designs.
Now go ahead and embellish around, on and over your photos. I’ve used ACR Fat Albert – Ruby and CB Distracted Schoolgirl for the title. The chipboard alphas have been inked black and covered in Dimensional Magic. I have also used COR Garden Corners – Azure as photo corners to accent.
I hope that you’re inspired now to try a LO or two with multiple photos. If you do we’d love you to upload your projects to the Flickr album so we can have a look-see.
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