Portraits and Layouts: What’s With All the Sizes?

Portrait packages are notorious for coming with several different sizes. From almost too big to do anything with except hang on the wall, to being to small for anything that even resembles being able to see the photograph, the sizes can be challenging to work with.

Yes indeed, the sizes of portraits are a problem. Those little bitty pictures are annoying, face it. You get dozens of them and they are so minute or tiny that they are even to small to reasonably work well in a typical persons wallet. How can you enjoy showing off pictures of your children if they are too tiny to see well?

Use them as a border on your scrapbook layout. Yes, I know they are all of the same exact photograph, but they can look really cool. You can use them to frame a main photograph on a page, yes even if it is the same portrait. The look and feel of the layout can look really cool when you use the same photograph in different sizes.

Use them to identify your child’s possessions. Put clear packing tape over them and identify items that belong to your child. Especially great for summer camps, school, and sports or hobby activities.

Use one when you journal in your scrapbooks about conversations that your child has had. It helps to identify that it is them talking. Almost like a play. Where the characters name would go, you place the tiny portrait. It has a unique effect and stands out.

Another great use that I love is to blend different sizes on a layout. There is simply no reason why you cannot use a large photo and a small photo on the same layout. Try overlapping them with each other. You could even silhouette one of them and use it as a background to a journaling block or something else. You can turn it, twist it, alter it, etc. but just feel free to creatively use multiple sizes on a layout. There are dozens of ways to incorporate the same photo.

Examples of these techniques will be coming in the next few days, as I continue to use up my large supply of leftover portraits (my current scrapbook goal challenge).

What have you done with your different sized portraits?

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