Several years ago I remember seeing a Studio A article in CK where she touted the value of using big photos, 8x12 specifically. I was hooked. I especially loved how you could leave a bunch of yummy white space in the photo to put "stuff." Not sure what, just nice stuff.
Here's some of what I've done in the past:
This was one of my earlier big photo layouts. I loved adding the big cluster on the left, including the stamped "remember," which I stamped with Stayzon.
This one I did more recently. I found this photo unscrapped from last summer so I boosted the color, printed it big, and wrote about waiting for summer. Which I still am waiting for, thankyouverymuch.
This is my most recent big photo LO. The photo is technically bad--"muddy" is the term I hear used. But look at that blue! I used the Pioneer Woman Boost action to jack up the color and printed it big with the idea of putting smaller photos of my husband and me on it.
I didn't stitch at first, but the LO looked a little static without it, so I stitched to add some motion.
I get 8x12 photos from National Camera Exchange when I have few photos to print and Scrapbook Pictures when I have many photos to print.
Right now I have one 8x12 waiting to print. It shows my boys from behind walking down a fall path, lots of yummy white space to the left. I want to reflect on their relationship with this. I do that often, but I think that's OK.
So if you have never printed a lovely photo in 8x12, I challenge you to do so and scrap it. Using this big size makes you think differently about the way you design and embellish a page; indeed, it changed the way I take photos. I now tend to leave white space to the side, just in case I want a big print.