You know those pesky occasions when you only took ONE photo and then got so busy or distracted that you forgot to snap any more? Or the even peskier occasions when only ONE photo actually turned out of the ten or more you took in anticipation of scrapbooking the event? Yeah, this is the layout for THAT occasion!
You may be thinking, single-photo layouts are easy, though! I normally have to cram so many pictures on a spread, single photos feel like cheating! Yeah, but this is for the occasions when you are limited to a single photo not by choice, because you have a really cute photo to work with, but out of necessity, because you need to commemorate an occasion and you have one, not-so-hot picture to do it with! This single page layout makes the most of what you DO have to work with!
Here's some tips for times like these:
- use neutral, quiet background color to help your single photo stand out.
- narrow the eye's focus by adding a bright or busy pattern in the center with a wide border of the neutral around it (my chevron printed 100% cotton fabric, in this instance, torn to about 8.5 inches square).
- if your photo is vertically-oriented, shorten the visual height of the page even more with two long horizontal elements (my one-inch Pool Party cardstock strips, shown here).
- instead of placing the single photo dead center, as many might, visually enlarge it by making one large, two-part photo frame, with embellishments and headline on one half and the photo on the other. I used a great birthday card that my friend Diane Vander Galien sent me as my photo frame on this page.
- clustering embellishments rather than spreading them out over the page will help draw the focus to the center and the photo.
So there you are--a single, ho-hum photo turned into a beautiful layout that subtly accents it rather than overwhelms it on a subconscious level. Oh, there's so much more I want to share with you! The 31 days has gone by so fast! One week left in our scrapbooking immersion series. How many pages have YOU gotten done?