There are a lot of ways to make scrapbook pages with 5 or 6 photos. They can be clean and simple or more layered and intricate.
Here are ten examples, only two of which required a two-page layout…
1. Crop the photos down into smaller, irregular random sizes.
I cropped my photos digitally and I didn’t plan my page out ahead of time. This page works because all the pictures are randomly sized — as opposed to just some of them — and they’re laid out haphazardly. The randomness of all of the items, including their placement, gives unity to the quirkiness and tells a playful story.
If you have a Paperclipping Membership you can watch me put the title of this page together and learn about how its design communicates a specific feeling and idea. Look for Paperclipping 170 – Scrapbook Titles That Ramble.
2. Lock cropped photos together into an irregular grid shape.
I cropped these photos manually. They’re fairly random in size and shape like in the previous page, though they’re much closer to regular shapes. By locking them together into a grid like this with straight lines, they create an interesting shape. The resulting alleys in between the photos become lines on the page that anchor everything in place.
If you don’t know what alleys are and how to use them, you’ll definitely want to watch Communicate with Space – Paperclipping 165. To understand the design concept of anchoring, look for Paperclipping 131 – Design with Anchoring Lines. You’ll need to be a member to watch these tutorials.
A little more about the page above – it’s an intro pages for an album, so it doesn’t have journaling. For both of this page and the next I gathered photos that never made it onto a scrapbook page.
3. Overlap the cropped photos into one single structure.
The two circular photos were ones I had cropped years and years ago when it was common to do so. They never made it to a page and for a long time I wondered what I’d do with them. It turns out they provided some nice contrast for this photo structure I created. Again, I’ve made an interesting irregular shape with the photos, but it feels more like one single item on the page, as opposed to many items locked together.
Members can see me assemble this page in my two-part series called, Transform Your Albums Into Unified Stories. You’ll also learn about my intro pages, like the one just above this one, in that series. Look for Paperclipping 175 and 176.
4. Crop your photos extra small and link each one to a journaling box.
Both this page and the next one are scrap-lifts from Ali Edwards’s Yesterday & Today classes. I chose to place some photos on top of the journal box and other photos below to spread the weight in a balanced way.
I also made fewer rows so I’d have the empty space over on the left. This makes the page less symmetrical and allowed me to attract the eye to a starting point with my title, which also acts as a line that leads you horizontally across the page.
Related tutorials: Paperclipping 160 – Designing with Titls
5. Enlarge one focal point photo and crop all the others down into a series.
This page is almost an exact lift from Ali with only my supplies being different. It’s the contrast between the two sizes that makes this page work so nicely. This is based on the dominance principle, which you can learn in Paperclipping 155 – The Dominance Principle and Photo Groupings if you are a member.
6. Form an irregular line.
I cropped these photos to three inches high. I then cropped the width of my top two photos so I could place them side-by-side as if they’re one. This is really just a vertical line, but by staggering the photos the line is irregular which causes more curiosity so you’ll want to investigate the photos and the page more.
It’s also a good way to add white space (breathing room) between busier photos.
7. Form regular shapes, like rectangles and squares.
I cropped these photos into 4×4 squares. I paired two together on the left side, forming a rectangle, and placed the other four on the right side, forming a square. This makes a very clean-lined simple page.
Members can see me assemble much of this page in Paperclipping 184 – Stretch Your Leftover Themed Products.
I typed my journaling onto a 6×12 page and inserted it in-between my two-page spread. Paperclipping Members can learn more about additional pages for journaling in Paperclipping 173 – A Journaling Design Technique. In that episode you’ll see me make an interesting layered journal page with tags and embellishments.
8. Form three rows.
Leave two or three of your photos as full-sized 4×6′s. Crop the width of the others. Form three rows with them, rounding the corners so each pair feels like one row.
This page came from my Train Station Flexible Template – Paperclipping 159. If you’re a member you can also learn about alleys and space. Look for Communicate with Space – Paperclipping 165.
9. Form a 9-square grid.
Crop your photos into 3×3 squares. Lay them out into a grid and use the remaining spaces as places for journaling or embellishments.
10. Form a circle.
This is a page that shows my Monday schedule in 2007. (Looks like I need to add the year to this page!). I added photos, ephemera, and words around the clock to show what I did at what time in a 12-hour period.
This layout was an alternative approach to using my Circular Anchor Flexible Template, which I shared in Paperclipping 120. You get access to all the video tutorials I mentioned in this article as a Paperclipping Member. Actually, you’ll receive a total of 188 videos, plus two more every month.
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So there you have it! Ten completely different ways to lay five or six photos out, each designed visually to evoke a different tone and tell it’s own story. Is that enough to get you started?