The More the Merrier
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 its 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.

Slide Mounts:
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.

Flip 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.

CD cases:
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 books:
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 wont do, try a new technique for integrating a complete set of pictures into your design.