Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Layout of the Week #31- Using Photos in Strips

     When I scrapbook, there are times that I like to have lots of photos on one layout. Today's technique, using photos in strips, allows for lots of photos.

Here's the layout we'll be making.
You'll need:
one piece of 12"x12" pattern paper (with muted colors; this will be our background)
3-4 pieces of pattern paper (these do not need to be whole pieces; we'll just be using small portions)
a pre-printed title (or letters to make your own title)
four small buttons
other random embellishments that match your theme (optional)

First, cut a  strip of pattern paper that is 12" x 3/4"  and adhere it to the top of the 12"x12" background pattern paper.

Then trim several of your photos so that they are only 2 1/2" tall. Place enough of them along the strip of pattern paper so that they go across the page. I was able to trim four photos to fit.
The next pattern paper that we're using we will use in two places on our layout- we'll call this pattern paper #2. The first place it goes is along the bottom of this row of photos. Trim a strip to 12"x 1/4" and adhere it at the bottom of the photos.
Now you need another piece of pattern paper trimmed to 9"x 2 1/4". Adhere this at the bottom left side of the paper about 1/4" from the bottom of the background paper.

Trim photos to 3" tall. Adhere them 1/2" above the bottom of the strip. They do not have to stretch all the way across this paper. I have about an inch showing on the right side. I trimmed three photos to fit.

Go back to pattern paper #2 and trim another strip measuring 8"x 1/2". Adhere this to the bottom of your photos.

For this next step, we need a piece of pattern paper measuring 7 1/4" x 3/4". You can either use a fourth type of pattern paper or use a piece of the first paper that we cut. Adhere this along the right edge of the paper about 1/4" above the bottom row of photos.

Trim the last of your photos to 2 1/2" high. Place these along the middle strip of paper. I was able to fit two photos here.

Now place your title centered at the bottom of the top row of photos. You can either use a pre-printed title like I did or use letter stickers to create your own.

Add journaling directly to the background in the space to the left of the middle row of photos.
You can add buttons along the top row of photos near the left side and one centered on the right edge of the bottom photo.

Optional: Feel free to add any further embellishments. I added another strip of paper in between the top two rows of photos and placed a large brad over it. I also added another strip above the bottom row of photos.

     Trimming photos and laying them side by side in strips is an easy way to use lots of photos on a layout. I was able to fit nine photos of my son's football season on one page!

     This layout would work for the wallet size school photos your kids bring home of their friends. It would also be fun to see wallet size photos of your child from grades K-12- such change right before your eyes!

Here is another example where I used tiny photos in strips. The next time you have photos printed, keep the page with the tiny contact prints.  They can be trimmed and used on a layout like this.

     Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14

     This post is linked to Embracing Change, 52 Mantles, and Shabby Creek Cottage.

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