Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Got Photos?

If you’re like me you take lots of photos. Especially now that I’ve gone digital, whew! It’s not hard to take 300 pictures at one birthday party when you have an empty camera card, full battery, and willing (or sometimes not willing!) subjects! But then when it’s time to sit down and scrap those photos I can easily get a bit overwhelmed. There once was a day that I felt I needed to scrap each and every photo, thank goodness I have let those reigns go! But it still can be a daunting task to figure what photos are page worthy and how to fit as many of those photos on one LO as possible; all the while still leaving room for journaling, papers and creative elements (I mean what is scrapbooking without all those elements but just a photo album right?).

One thing that I have learned to help me with this task is sketches. I Love, Love , Love sketches, and hardly can create a LO without at least consulting my “idea book” (watch for more info on my idea book coming to an Inspiration Tuesday soon!!) One thing I look for in a sketch if I have many photos to scrap is number of photos, orientation (vertical or horizontal photos) and a LO that fits the theme & mood of the look I’m going for.

I got thios great sketch from www.pagemaps.com in the Aug. 2006 Archives
I chose this sketch because it incorporated lots of photos, plus let me highlight a favorite photo and still had room to be creative. I wanted to create a 2 page LO so I used the original sketch for the left side of my LO and flipped it 90* for the right side. Now one thing about sketches is that you have creative license to alter the sketch in any way you choose, a sketch for me many times is just a jumping point for my LO to start, once I have photo placement then the real creative fun can begin!

This sketch uses several small cropped photos, this is a great way to incorporate lots of photos onto a LO without overpowering your page with pictures. You can of course manually crop your photos with a trimmer to get the correct size, but unfortunately this method will tend to cut away much of the photo. So the way I prefer to get the photos the exact size I want without losing much of the original is to digitally crop the photo in Photoshop. After I crop my photos I copy & paste them into a blank canvas sized 8x10 for printing. Don’t forget to set your canvas resolution at a min. of 300, flatten all your layers and change it to a JPG before printing. Then it’s all ready to send it off to your favorite developer!

After you print your collage 8x10 photo you’ll want to cut apart the photos and arrange them on your LO. In this case since I was doing a bock-pieced look, I just used some white cardstock for the bottom layer. This way I don’t waste my nice bazzil cardstock or pattern paper. (*tip* I like to save the white cardstock inserts from my 12x12 album page protectors for this)

After my pictures are laid out and adhered to my white background cardstock, the fun can be begin. Now I can finish the page using my Pattern papers, embellishments, title & journaling.

1 comment:

Melzie said...

as always- lovely layout!!! :)