Picture Problem

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Does this photo look familiar?

If you are like me, you likely have a few dozen Fourth of July-themed pictures to place in your summer scrapbook. Whereas I am pleased to have captured so many decent shots of fireworks, family members, friends and other holiday festivities, I am now faced with the challenge of whittling down just a few select images to feature on a single layout.

For me, it’s one of the most daunting scrapbooking tasks. When it comes to picking just a handful of photos to include on a page, my indecisiveness rears its ugly head. I have the hardest time trying to choose four or five standouts, especially since I tend to overshoot and end up with dozens and dozens of images from the same event.

Fortunately, there are ways you can solve the photo problem. However, you want to make sure the technique you pick is going to result in an appealing layout, so examine your pictures carefully before you decide on a desired method.

The first option is to create a collage of your photos. By devoting an entire layout to a group of photos, you can include way more than you would if you were designing a traditional page which features just three or four shots. The downside to collages is that you won’t be able to view the entire image. Rather, in order to get as many photos to fit on the page as possible, you will have to overlap pictures, and often you can lose some key facets of the image.

Another option is to crop your pictures. By making them smaller, you can fit more on the page. The key to making this technique work is to use a high quality paper trimmer or a large punch. Aim to eliminate extraneous background details and keep the main subject intact. You could also leave a couple of photos untouched. By maintaining their original size you will be able to highlight the photos importance on the layout.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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