One Photo or Many?

by Karen Glenn

 

Aren’t you glad it’s summer? The sun is warm, life is a little more relaxed, and there are no school lunches to pack. On top of all that, the season offers a million fantastic photo opportunities! There’s the pool, the park, vacation getaways, summer sports, family reunions, and so much more.

The trouble comes when it’s time to print and scrapbook all those terrific pictures. Should you enlarge your favorite shots and allow them to fly solo on individual pages? Or should you include several photos from every event? It all depends on what story you want to tell. And there’s no right answer. Here are a few examples that demonstrate how using one photo or many can change the focus of your page

Example 1

pool scrapbook layout

8½ x 11 page by Karen Glenn, Orem, UT

Swimming is a rare adventure for my kids—and a rare photo opportunity for me! At this pool party, I captured several fun shots of my son Nick enjoying the cool water. For my first layout, I selected three of my best pictures to create a sunny overview of Nick’s afternoon in the pool. With three photos on one page, I had room for only a few basic facts about the outing. Since I really loved the photo of Nick leaning on the edge of the pool, I decided to enlarge it and try it on a page of its own. The larger, single photo put the focus on Nick’s smile, emphasizing his sheer elation, and the more spacious design allowed me to add more details to my journaling. After evaluating both layouts, I decided that, in this case, using just one photo actually allowed me to tell a more meaningful story about my son.

 

Appeared in:

July/August 2008

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