Space Savers


Most crafters make use of traditional 12×12 albums to create memorable scrapbook layouts. However, there are times when 12×12 simply isn’t enough space to showcase all of your photos, mementos and embellishments. You can typically avoid having to redo your hard work by blocking your layouts prior to adhering items onto your page. While you are arranging your materials to create a cohesive design, consider the amount of space you are dealing with and how you can make use of every inch.

For example, if you are suffering from picture overload, consider using photo corners instead of frames or mats. Another option is to trim photos and design an eye-popping collage by simply using acid free glue sticks to adhere the smaller prints to your scrapbook layout. If you need space for additional images, you could make a separate mini album to add to the page or add hinged elements that give you more room on your layout.

Digital image editing software is another solution if you are looking for ways to save space on scrapbook layouts. These computer programs make it easy to adjust the size of prints so you can fit more on a layout. What’s more, because they are digitally cropped you don’t have to worry about compromising your prints if you have poor scissor skills. In addition, photo editing software also allows you to make prints uniform so that you can create a page design with a designated focal point.

Finally, if you are struggling to maximize space on your scrapbook page consider using a grid design. Grid structures can include from six to 12 photos depending on the configuration. The most popular is a simple 9-square grid, which resembles a tic-tac-toe board, and divides the page into smaller areas that house basic layout elements, such as photos, page title, journaling, embellishments and mementos.

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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.