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If you browse through my layout gallery, you'll see that I tend towards creating multi-photo layouts. Sometimes it's because I have trouble choosing just one, and other times I like to condense several photos from an event onto one page.
People often ask me how I fit so many pictures on a page without making the page too crowded or busy. Over the years I've developed a few strategies for creating multi-photo layouts that still let each photograph stand out. Here are some of my tips and tricks:
- Crop photos to a uniform size. The easiest way to get lots of photos on a page is to crop them. I like to crop all the photos on a page to the same size and shape. This lets all of the photos have equal importance on the page, and allows you to fit a few extra in!
March 2007 Collage
- Maintain a common margin. If you keep your margins (the space between photographs) equal, you can fit several photos on a page without crowding them.
- Make one stand out. In a collage of photos, sometimes you want one or two to stand out above the others. Mat, enlarge, or otherwise dress up a focal photograph and surround it with supporting pictures.
Family on the Beach
- Create a photo border. Line your pictures up along the page to create a border. Vertically, horizontally, diagonally, at the top, at the bottom or straight down the middle-anywhere works!
9 Months Old
Las Vegas 2006
- Incorporate the photos into a patterned paper design. Use patterned paper to help you crop and place your photos on a page.
Bringing You Home
- Design a photo collage. If you're not into cropping, or you like to tinker with digital photo-editing software, try creating a photo collage. Then have the entire collage printed as a large print, such as an 8" x 10".
Las Vegas Hotels
- Cluster small photos together. I tend to keep all my photos lined up and straight, but they don't have to be that way! One of my favorite ways to tilt and angle photos on a page like this is to cluster a few small photos together and link them with small embellishments.
A New Life Together
- Color-block your photos and papers. The color-blocking technique is a great way to fit lots of photos on a page, and still separate them with patterned paper and embellishments.
While these tips and examples represent my scrapbooking style, each idea is easy to adapt and incorporate into any style-including yours! Take some time to play around with these techniques and you'll be creating multi-photo layouts with no trouble at all!