Have you seen those scrapbook pages with the oversized single photo? Basically the photo takes up a majority of the scrapbook page and there is minimal embellishment; the photo pretty much stands along by itself.
I have wanted to make a page like this for a while. I saw a layout like this in the December 2011 Scrapbooks, Etc. magazine (and I scrap lifted it to create my layout below). A few things have held me back from making a layout like this.
- Knowing what size enlargement to order. After all enlargements can be expensive especially if you want one that is 12x12 in size or panoramic.
- Having the “right” photo; a photo that can hold its own and tell the story without much embellishing or supporting photos to help it.
I don’t know about you, but getting that “perfect” shot can be difficult – for so many reasons (I guess that may be a topic for another day!), but when you get that good shot, you just know it. That’s what happened with this photo. As soon as I took it, I knew it was good and I knew I wanted to scrapbook it. It was the perfect photo for a scrapbook page with an oversized single photograph.
Check out my 12x12 layout and you will see what I mean.
See how this photo can stand alone with not much embellishment. You can see that tight, loving squeeze – both of their great smiles. You can feel their love for each other. This picture captured the moment perfectly. Sure this would have been a good layout if I made the photo 8x10 or even 5x7, but instead it is 8x12 and I love how it came out!
As I said above, part of my hesitation with trying a layout like this was deciding on what size to make the photo enlargement and then the cost with the enlargement itself. I used My Digital Studio to create this scrapbook page. By using the digital program it took that fear or anxiety regarding the enlargement cost away. I was able to crop, enlarge, zoom, etc until the picture was just right. I wasn’t worried about cropping it “wrong” and then wasting the enlargement.
The 12x12 layout itself is pretty simple. I used a little bit of the Rich Razzleberry Designer Series Paper from the Twitterpated DSP. This color matched her dress just perfectly! Then I used Basic Grey Card Stock to complement my husband’s shirt. My color combination also includes little bit of Very Vanilla. If you were making this layout with traditional paper, you would basically only use paper scraps to complete it. What a great way to use up those scraps!
I’ve made a bunch of projects with the Twitterpated DSP – I LOVE this paper! The color combinations work with so many different themes – masculine/feminine as well as country floral/modern. You can check out 3 more scrapbook pages featuring this patterned paper here and here.
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