I tend to put a lot of photos on my scrapbook pages. The fancy pages with one large photo and layers and layers of flowers and bling and other embellishments just don't appeal to me. I want to include the photos that help me remember an event or occasion and a larger number of photos nearly always works better for me.
This is one of the pages that I completed in the Layout a Day challenge last month. I started with a template that had 9 spots for photos.
I didn't care for the center stripe of card stock and the torn paper white strip along the top so I changed things up a little. I deleted the torn paper strip and filled the green rectangle with one of my photos (a close up of harvested apples in a bin) and then added the title on top of the image.
In order to make the title stand out against the apple photo I added a green glow around most of the letters and placed a circle behind the letter "A," filled it with green sampled from the leaf in the image and then changed the opacity to about 50% so the apple background could show through.
I added a very thin mat around most of the photos as a way of making them "read" as a group. I also like the way the page looks without the mats (above). One of the great things about digital is that you can keep switching from one version to another until you finally make up your mind!
I changed the background paper along the bottom of the page to a brighter red and added an embossed dotted texture. Then I shifted the torn paper strips just a bit and created a central medallion image with one more photo. This was a photo of some apples on the tree and I applied a filter to "sphereize" the image and discarded the clipped corners. Then I layered three of the images together (two small and one large) and created a cluster to place on the paper strips.
In the end, there were eleven photos added to this page and the apple sphere embellishment can be saved and used for additional projects as well.
The prompt for the page was a mystery book title - "A" is for Alibi, by Sue Grafton. In our family, A is for apple. We just got back from a quick trip out to the family apple farm in upstate New York so this page came to mind to share today.
Do you like pages that are full of photos? What is your "preferred" number of photos on a one page layout? How many on a two page layout? Please comment with your ideas about how many photos should be shown on a page. Would it be more (or less) if you were making a paper page instead of a digital project.
We'll be seeing more family this weekend and I will have limited internet time. I have a few things to finish up today that I can share while we are busy. It's raining cats and dogs here - I hope your weather is better!
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