Show Me Sunday - A Tutorial By Brenda B.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Hi, and welcome to "Show Me Sunday" at Frosted Designs.  I'm Brenda, and I'd like to share a tip to help with choosing photo sizes and layouts for scrapbook pages.

I love to do multi-photo layouts, and even two-page layouts, but I found myself spending way too much time trying to decide on photo placement, and decide what sizes to print or crop my photos.  To help with the design process, I made some photo templates out of cardstock.  I used a neutral mid-toned cardstock because I didn't want to get distracted by color or patterns, and cut the cardstock into several standard photo sizes:  4"x6", 3.5"x5", 3"x4", and 2"x3". 

I used kraft cardstock and cut some basic shapes - circles, squares, rectangles - in various sizes to use as placement guides for layers of patterned paper or cardstock.  I used kraft cardstock because I wanted a neutral color, but just a little bit darker value than the cardstock used for the photo templates.
Based on the photos I want to scrap, and their orientation (landscape or horizontal photos) I just start playing around with the cardstock photo templates to get a photo layout that works.  Here are a few examples:

Once I have an idea of what size photos to use and their placement on the page, I start playing around with the kraft templates of background elements to get my basic design. 

When I have a design that I like, it's time to start cutting the papers and cardstock and actually start assembling the page.  Since all the templates are labeled with their size, it's easy to start cutting the papers and cardstock for the page.  The final step is to add all those extras that make pages so special - journaling, titles, and embellishments!  Here's my page based on the layout template above:
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to make your own design templates!


4 Responses to “Show Me Sunday - A Tutorial By Brenda B.”

Ann Cutts said...

Really great idea - thanks for the tip.
Ann xxx

adele holcomb said...

This is great! I've done templates in photo sizes before, but never thought to do mat and background sizes as well.

Tracey Sabella said...

Great tutorial, Brenda!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Lori Apgar said...

What a great idea!! TFS!