Using Professional Photos on Your Scrapbook Layouts

Professional portraits are something that you will treasure, especially when they record a special picture of your child. These pictures are usually reserved for decorating the walls of my home, but sometimes I end up with so many pictures, putting all of them up on the wall would be a bit of over-kill.

Scrapbooking the extra photos that you receive from a photographer is a great way to preserve these pictures. Here is one layout I just completed of my daughter using an 8 x 10 picture of her.

This layout used two smaller photos, one 5 x 7 and one 3 x 4.

These layout are going next to each other in Hannah’s album, so I wanted them to have a similar design. The two layouts took me only 30 minutes total to complete because of the simple, elegant layout of the photo mats and photos.

This was the last layout in Hannah’s first year album and I had many scraps of paper left over. Since I used paper from the same paper line (Basic Grey Sweetpea Alyssa) throughout the entire album, I was able to use scraps and have this page coordinate with the rest of the pages.

Four scraps were chosen for each layout and then moved around on the layout until they looked right. I inked all of the edges of the scraps with Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye) since some of the edges already had an inked look and I wanted the look of all the scraps to be consistent.

Hand written journaling was included on one of the layouts and a stamped title was on the other layout.

For a final touch, I punched the side view daisies with the Quickutz hand tool and die from additional scraps. I put them through the Xyron machine and stuck them to the page.

What other ideas for using scraps in your layouts have you used? What is your favorite way to preserve your professional portraits? I would love to hear your ideas.