Waste Not, Want Not — How To Cram Those Photos Into a Layout!
Two things I am notorious for when it comes to scrapbooking: 1) Fitting as many pictures on a page as I can get away with and 2) Journaling everything! Today I am going to talk about getting those photos crammed into a layout. You’ll have to stay tuned for the journaling tips.
First, let me start off by saying that I love all those beautifully creative layouts with one or two pictures on them. In fact, I have single-picture-per-page envy because I wish I could do that. But I can’t.
Why? For starters, it’s a waste (of time, of pages, of embellishments…) for me. But the main reason is because I have a million pictures accumulating in a clear plastic bin that need to find a permanent home — and fast!
I need to get them out of this bin ASAP and making one-picture spreads just doesn’t work for me. I know you’re out there nodding in agreement, who are in the same position I am in, right? I think what I’m getting at here is go ahead and cram ‘em in. Well, not too much. Then it just looks sloppy. But I’ve been known to put a dozen or more pictures on a 2-page spread. There are many ways you can do that. Collage, tiled, overlapping, silhouetting and clustering are some and I’m going to show you an example of each! These samples are easy and fast. Remember, the point is to get your photos out of a box and into a layout as quickly as possible.
So, what have you learned from this? Waste Not, Want Not! That’s MY motto, why shouldn’t it be YOURS?
Collage Double Layout – Use several photographs and crop them to fit in close proximity of each other. Notice the open space for journaling. This use of space allows for several photos without looking crowded.
Tile #1 – These photos have been cropped to be the same size. This makes your layout look tidy.
Tile #2 – Again, these photos have been cropped to the same size, but they are anchored on one mat.
Overlapping, Silhouetting and Clustering –
Be cautious when you overlap, it can look messy if not carefully thought out. Here I have used 3 photos which allowed more room for others.
The most time-consuming of all techniques, silhouetting, is fun and allows for many photos to fit on a page. There is one rule to silhouetting – make sure you anchor your subject on the page without it looking like a half body is floating in thin air.
Clustering is a super fast, super easy and super way to accommodate a whole bunch of pictures on a layout! The example here shows photos cropped in a circle, but you can use the same technique using any shape you wish. The idea is to cluster them closely together. Why? To save space of course!
Another example of silhouetting– Just remember the rule: Anchor your subject somewhere on the page so that it doesn’t look like body parts are missing.