Saturday, October 17, 2015

Scrapbooking big photos: go big or go home

When I was printing photos for our trip to South Dakota in 2011, I found a couple photos of my boys that I loved. The boys took up a small part of the landscape in each photo, which left me a lot of white space to scrapbook in. I had a story to tell for each, so I printed them 12x12. Here's the first:

I'm planning on using October Afternoon's Sasparilla line for our vacation album, so I dug into those products for this page showing my son playing with a lasso, I believe. (It might be the jump rope he made. This was the Ingalls homestead in De Smet.) I put some strips at the top, sewed some bandana stickers down off it like a banner, and did a title/journaling cluster in the sky, using stickers and die cuts.

I like to de-sticky the stickers with my embossing buddy and add them with dimensional stickers, overlapping other elements.

I also added a small cluster to draw attention to my son:

Then I had a page of my other son, at the Badlands N.P. I believe, though it might have been Custer State Park.

You'll notice I did the exact same design. No shame. It works! I used bits and pieces I found in my embellishment basket for this, in large part Jillibean Soup and October Afternoon.

Secret detail: The arrow had split in half, so I glued both pieces down together and laid the epoxy heart on top to mask the break.

Thank you for visiting! I print my 12x12 photos locally at National Camera Exchange, but rarely there, because it is expensive. (I print from them several times a month from 4x6 to 8x12, both of which are affordable at the small orders I print often!) More commonly I order from Persnickety Prints when I am also printing a rare size I can't get locally--like the 8.5x11 photos I use in my vacation album. I encourage you to look through your photos the next time you are at your computer, print an evocative one big, and give it a go!


alisonm said...

I still have those Sasparilla items! I bought them at my one and only trip to Archivers (in Wisconsin). You kill me with your creativity!

Bi Medeiros said...

What a creative way of using big photos, stunning layouts here!

j.leija said...

I love these pages! You balanced everything so masterfully!