Using Large Photos on a Layout…

Sometimes you have one of those photos that printing in 4X6 just doesn’t do it justice or won’t make the impact that you want.  During those times, one of my favourite techniques is to use large photos on a layout.  It is common for me to print 6X12, 8X10, 8X12, and utilize them on my layouts.

In the first one that I am sharing today, the focus of the layout is an 8X12 print of A on his school trip to Iceland in April.  We were very fortunate that one of the teacher-chaperones had an interest in photography and took amazing photos throughout the entire trip.  He posted them on a website daily during the trip so the folks at home could see what they were up to and when they got home, they each received a photo book, video and cd with all of the photos.  What an amazing memento of this once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

I used the 8X12 photo as a background and adhered smaller photos to it as well as the title. I added some patterned paper and washi tape along the bottom edge of the larger photo for some visual interest.
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I also added a row of smaller photos along the bottom.  By using the larger photo as a background, it is an easy way to add multiple photos to a layout.  The travel flair buttons were an appropriate addition.2012-11-24 09.21.42

As you can see from this photo, the smaller photos were adhered with dimensional adhesive to create some more dimension.

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The second layout highlights a favorite photo from L’s Ballet Class in the Dance Recital in 2012.  The photo is 4X12 and is the focal point of the layout.  I cut the starry transparency down to 6X12 and used it on the top half of the layout to mimic the auditorium lighting at the Arts and Culture Center where the recital was held.

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Simple embellishments were added such as gemstones, chipboard shapes, baker’s twine and washi tape.  The journalling is hidden on the tag tucked behind the large photo.

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Do you use the traditional 4×6 photos or do you mix it up a lot?  Do you ever use large photos?  I would love to hear about how you use them on your layouts.

Lots of fun stuff happening this week.  Valentine’s Day is Thursday, for all you lovebirds out there.  Tuesday is February 12, so I will be looking forward to taking 12 photos for my monthly 12 on 12. A’s high school hockey team is participating in the Fred Squires Shield this week as part of Winterfest in CBS.   This is a best of three games series which features the fierce rivalry of the two high schools in Conception Bay South.  I am working on a few crafty items and will share sneaks of those later this week.  I am also hosting a layout tag and am working on a layout for that which starts on Saturday.  Busy, Busy, Busy!

Happy Monday!

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