When I look through scrapbooking magazines and websites, I see lots of very neat, creative and amazing layouts. But I also find myself struggling to find a way to use those ideas because so many of them have only 1, 2 or 3 photos on a page. Right now, the emphasis on scrapbook pages seems to the stuff on them -- not the photos.
But I try to fit as many photos on a page as possible. So I decided to show you my latest layout and give some tips on how I put together a page with multiple photos, and still give it some flair.
First, the whole layout...
My first step is always to crop all the photos so I only have the best parts of the photo. This definitely allows me to get more pictures on a page.
Then, I mat all the photos in white. I mat just about every photo in my albums. That is just what makes a layout stand out for me. Everyone has their own design foundations.
With this layout, the colors were pretty much pre-determined by the colors in the photos. But I tried laying out the photos on several other colors, including aqua and royal blue, before deciding on a patterned paper from Echo Park.
I knew that I wanted that big picture of my son's face to be the focal point, so I moved the pictures around until I found a placement that worked for me.
After that, the trick for me is even out all the colors and create balance. When I taught scrapbooking at Michaels, they taught us about the law of 3s, which is essentially and creating triangles with colors, embellishments and other elements. That is the basis of most of my pages.
One of my main tricks for squeezing more photos on a page is overlapping the photos so that the best parts are highlighted and the boring parts are covered.
This page above was a little harder. It took me awhile to find a color balance that I liked. And I can say that I definitely like the first page much better. I wish I would have had a second page of the Echo Park sun paper for the base. But I didn't have another one and I wanted to finish this layout sooner rather than later.
When I am doing a layout, I usually have an embellishment or two, and a title, in mind before I start. With this layout, I choose the swimmer boy from the Cricut H2O cartridge and made it look like my son.
This title was actually cut out of a spare picture I took of pool water, then I added the blue shadow and the yellow 2. This is one of my favorite titles in a long time. Never be afraid of using spare pictures to use in your die cut machines. I often take photos of water, leaves and rocks to use for cutting out die cuts later.