Making the Most of All Those Photos

For me, one of the biggest challenges of scrapbooking is trying to squeeze in all of my favorite photos on a single layout. Often, I have to design a two-page layout to accommodate the themed images I want to feature, and even then I am forced to leave out some nice shots.

Lately, I have been creating photo collages so I can place more photos on a single page. Whereas I love the way the photo collections look, they are time consuming to make and depending on the size of the photos, you still need to be selective with your choices.

One of the easiest photo collage themes is a “Month in Review.” With these collections you can group a bunch of random shots that were taken in a 30-day period and place them on a single or double page layout. Another way to incorporate a series of random shots into a layout is to make a collage title page.

Some of my favorite photo collages are displayed in my daughter’s baby book. During her first few months of life I must have snapped nearly 1000 photos. I arranged some of the photos in chronological order to illustrate how much my baby grew in the span of just a few months.

I also use the photo collage technique when designing travel-themed or vacation scrapbooks. The collages are a great way to show the highs and lows associated with a trip. One of my friends used a photo index print to create a collage for a mini scrapbook. I loved the idea and used it as inspiration for a collage border I created for a wedding scrapbook I crafted a few weeks ago.

How often do you incorporate photo collages into your layouts? What tips have served you well in the construction process?

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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.