Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Scrapping small photos

One of my friends from my scrapbooking group, the Scrappin' J's, has been my son Dominic's Sunday school teacher for a few years. recently that ended, which made my son sad. I had taken a terrific photo of them together a couple years ago and decided to put it on a page.

The problem? It was an Instagram photo, so to get the best quality, I printed it small. (Note: I know I can go places online to print them higher quality, but those are cost effective only when I print larger orders, and I wasn't ready to put together a bigger order. I am doing that now, and when I get that order back in a week, I'll share with you!)

My issue with small photos: I want them to look substantial on a page. If I'm only scrapping one on a page, I need to do something to make it stand out. And though I love white space, I didn't want the small photo to look like an island in a vast ocean of white space either. Here's my solution:

I used an envelope and patterned paper to create a photo mat and anchored it to a strip of white woodgrain cardstock running vertically on plain kraft cardstock.

To add interest to the white woodgrain, I added some patterned vellum from Studio Calico's Darling Dear collection and curled the ends of the vellum (I used barbeque skewers from my kitchen, if you're curious what I rolled the vellum with). The vellum didn't stand out much, so I slip some yellow-on-yellow patterned paper underneath.

I knew I wanted a scalloped edge to the vertical paper, but I decided to make a stitched scallop edge using my Bazzill stitching template rather than punching a scalloped border.

As usual, I grabbed bunches of stuff from the Studio Calico kit I had out and clustered it around the photo, again to add some substance to it. I love the Freckled Fawn wood veneer speech bubbles with words in them. I've almost used them up!

The clock sticker from October Afternoon I'd planned on using on another page and never did. I de-stickered it using my embossing buddy and added it to this page using dimensional stickers.


Thanks for reading about my page and how I dealt with a small photo. Now how about you: what size photos do you normally scrap? Do you scrap small photos? Big ones (I love those too)? Mainly 4x6?


Christy aka. Emeraldvalkyrie said...

I usally scrap 4x6 or 3 1/2 by 5.

Diana Waite said...

I scrap a combination. I print out 3 x 4, 2 x 3 if I have ONE of this smaller dimension I will do an 8 1/2 x 11 page. If I have more I do a 12 x 12 page. Every once in a while I will do a one photo page but I really try and help tell the story through my pictures. But if I only have one that is what I work with! GREAT page btw!

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