Layout Idea: When Your Photos are Both Vertical AND Horizontal


Do you struggle with page design when you have multiple photos that are both vertical and horizontal?

Is it hard to make both photo orientations work together?

One of my favorite scrapbook pages is this double-page layout with a total of five photos: two horizontal and three vertical. You can use it as a template for your own page. If you read on I’ll tell you how you can adjust this if you have even more photos than me.


My page has two horizontal pictures and three vertical ones. I wanted to introduce my story with these three photos you see above on the left side.

You can switch the two sides, though, if your vertical photos are better for introducing your story. If that’s the case, you would reverse this left side and make it your right, and the other page will be your left.


If you do switch them and use this page as your left page, you might want to nestle your title under the long horizontal embellishment cluster. Center your title the way that the embellishments are centered, and overlap them with the embellishments so they act as one element on the page instead of two separate things, which would create too much competition for the eye.

Additional Photos and Journaling

You could easily place three vertical photos on this page instead of two.

What if you have more horizontal photos? And what about journaling?

Here is a solution to both:

Do you see the white strip along the vertical photo on the left-hand page?

The vertical photo is inside of a pocket that you add to the outside of your page protector. It’s called a Flip Pocket. The side of the pocket has a sticky strip and that white strip you see on my page is the protective backing to the sticky part. Once you take the white backing off, that sticky part is clear.

Since I was photographing this page without a page protector, I still had the backing on mine, but that white strip is not actually there on my final page.

My journaling is underneath the Flip Pocket. Because the Flip Pocket is adhered to the outside of the page protector, anyone looking through my album can flip the pocket and read the journaling without having to pull the page out of the protector.

Additional Photos:
You can also add more photos underneath. If your additional pictures are horizontal, use the Flip Pocket for the horizontal photo to the left of this vertical one.


Here’s how these Flip Pockets look when they’re actually adhered to the page protector. You can cascade multiple Flip Pockets like I did here for added photos or lots of journaling.

I assembled this page in the Romantic Scrapbooking Course.

I highly, highly recommend having Flip Pockets on hand at all times.

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Now back to the original page…

Title work and Embellishment:


Add a layered embellishment cluster and title to the upper left corner. Leave some white space between it and first photo at the top.

Because my embellishments were organic, I was able to create an organic diagonal shape at the corner. I also stretched it from edge to edge and cut off the excess. This adds a sense of movement to the page and keeps the page from feeling overly linear.


Those big colored circular pieces are Chinese umbrellas that came in some slushy drinks. You can see how I adapted them into embellishments for the page by watching my video tutorial, Tie It Together – Paperclipping 278.

You can find this video in the Member’s Area. Click here for info about a membership!


Here is a closeup of my flower cluster on the right side of the layout. If flowers don’t suit your story needs, there are all kinds of other options for clustering embellishments in a row like this.

Here are some totally different examples that all use the same design concept…



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Do you see the similarity between the three pages above and the right side of the Chinese page? It’s the same design concept of layering a line of embellishments underneath a focal point…


In case you’re wondering, this is the Chinese Flowers scene from the Phoenix Ballet’s Nutcracker. For Trinity, this page has multiple stories within a story. I like to use only the number of photos I need to say what I have to day.

Sometimes all a story needs is a single photo, and that sure makes scrapbooking easier. But I’ll never let that stop me from using all the photos that really represent my stories, even if that means mixing several horizontal and vertical photos.

And as you can see, lovely layouts can come with any number of photos. There is no need to limit ourselves. :)

Do you have a story you’ve been sitting on because you’re unsure how to bring all those photos together?

Give this layout idea a try!

Shine On,

  • Jenny


  • Cyndi

    I just might have lifted the idea of placing embellishments under the photo from one of your members videos! ???? I’ve also been collecting flip pockets and used a few in a recent Disney mini album. Great idea!

  • Gabrielle McCann

    I haven’t tried a flip pocket before but I like the idea. Thanks for this post – I really struggle with a LO when I have a mix of photos of both portrait and landscape.
    Your Chinese dance pages are very timely as it’s Chinese New Year now!

  • Pat

    Gr8 idea Noell, I actally have been thing about how to do a Christmas layout with mixed vertical & horizontal photos. Thanks…..I have learned soooo much from you over the years!

  • Ohiocrafter

    What company makes the beautiful gold letter font in the Chinese layout? Thanks!

  • That is from the Seven line. Mine says that it’s Studio Calico that makes it, but it might be an American Crafts product now. I’m not sure. They’re my favorite letters, but I will say, because they’re so narrow, I’m worried they won’t hold their stick. And the I’s and L’s don’t stick easily. There’s just not enough to them. Some additional glue might sometimes be required for those two letters.

  • Thank you! So glad to help! :)

  • Ohiocrafter

    Thank you Noell!