3 Photo Tips for Beginning Scrapbookers

How to Sort, Select, and Print Your Photos for Scrapbooking

Woman assembling scrapbook
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The most important thing for beginning scrapbookers to remember is to start with your photos. They will lend the inspiration needed for the scrapbook page design. Do not let yourself get overwhelmed with the abundance of supplies available to you when you begin working on a scrapbook. Instead, keep your focus on your photos and the pages will come together to tell your family's story. These three photo tips for beginning scrapbookers will help you make sure that the photographs are the star...MORE of your scrapbook pages.

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    Choose Only the Best

    Boys at the Beach
    Scrapbook Page With Many Photos. HOTP

    Choose only the best. You do not need every photo on your scrapbook pages. Think about looking at this album 10 years from now. Which photos will remind you of the moment or event? Select only clear photos that tell the story or show the emotion. Look for photos that include close-ups, that do not have distracting background images, and that tell the story from a unique angle. The gallery 5 Tips for Using Many Photos on Your Scrapbook Pages shows ideas for using lots of photos but keeping the...MORE story and idea of the page in focus. You may find that you have just one special photo that you want to highlight on a scrapbook page. The Single Photo Page gallery will show you how one photo can make a truly special page.

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    Pick a Focal Point Photo

    Focal Point Scrapbook Page
    Create a Clear Focal Point. Ludens

    Pick a focal point. Once you have selected the group of photos that you will be using for your scrapbook page layout, select one photo that will be the focal point of the scrapbook page.  If you have a clear focal point photo, your scrapbook page will feel anchored. It will have a place for the reader’s eye to rest as she takes in the full story of the layout. The article 5 Tips for Creating a Focal Point on Your Scrapbook Page will get you started in great scrapbook page design.

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    Print Your Selections

    Scrapbook Page Layouts By Top Designers
    "Sienna" from Die Cuts With a View. DCWV

    Print your selections.  Now it is time to print your photos. Consider these two ideas:

    1) If the paper that you have selected to go with your theme is overpowering or busy, you may want to print your photos in black and white. View the scrapbook pages from top designers in the CHA 2010 Gallery to see how they used black and white photographs on their layouts.

    2) You may want to print your focal point photo larger than the rest of the photographs to make sure that it is clear where the focal point...MORE is on the page. I frequently print my focal point photo as a 4x6 inch print and then print the rest of the photos a 2x3 inch prints (two per 4x6 inch page). You may also consider cropping some of the photos to be smaller in size.

    If your photos are only on your phone or on your computer, when will your family and friends get to see and enjoy them? Also, when will you add that all-important journaling to go with the photos. Print out some of your favorite pictures and scrapbook them today.