by Sara Horton (Nov 10, 2004)
I like to take photos – lots of photos. Boxes and boxes of photo-stuffed envelopes reside neatly stacked in my closet, waiting to be scrapped. While I generally sort through these photos to choose the best representatives of each event captured on film, sometimes it’s nice to include a grouping of photos on scrapbook pages. The challenge lies in finding ways to include numerous photos on a page, without crowding the design.
The day I caught my son mimicking me by chatting on his play phone while working on the computer, I snatched the camera and started snapping photos . I wanted to be able to include visual details on the scrapbook page I created to immortalize the story. By cropping six of the photos to small rectangles, I was able to create an assemblage of photos as a border and tuck a photo into the journaling, while focusing on one large picture. By cropping down the photos, I was able to include seven photos on the layout.
Note: A large punch or die-cut machine makes quick work of cropping photos and bits of patterned paper for a color-blocked assemblage.
Another way to include several small photos on a page is to mount photos in slide mounts. Slide mounts provide a nice frame for small details and make tidy groupings. Slide mounts can be tied together to create a charming border or mini-photo album.
A flip album is a fun way to incorporate a pile of photos, while hiding not-so-great shots. To create the flip album on this page, I cut several page protectors to the desired size before stitching them with a sewing machine to create pockets. Photos were inserted in each of the pockets, then attached to the page with brads. Staples or eyelets can also be used to attach a flip album to the page.
Clear, thin CD cases make terrific mini-album cases to house extra photos on a scrapbook page. Attached to a page with strong double-sided tape with a red liner, a case is a fun and functional interactive element. Because the CD case is protective, you can cut your page protector in a square around the case. Simply flip up the top of the case to reveal the photo album or stack of extra photos.
Tag booklets are another technique for incorporating lots of photos into a layout design. Tucked into a pocket or envelope, or attached directly to the layout, a stack of photos mounted on tags is a great way to display cherished memories. Photos can even be punched or die cut into tag shapes, then tied with bits of ribbon or fibers.
If one photo is worth a thousand words, then how much more worthwhile an array of photos must be. For those occasions when one photo won’t do, try a new technique for integrating a complete set of pictures into your design.