Hello scrappy friends!!
I’m here today to give my perspective on creating single photo layouts. Judie has previously written about converting templates to single photo templates and her artistic philosophy behind creating single photo layouts. We thought it would be helpful to give you all another perspective on the why behind creating single photo layouts.
If you take a look at my gallery, you’ll notice that most of my layouts are created using a single photo. It is what I’m most comfortable with in my personal scrapbooking and what I gravitate towards.
I think it’s important to examine your “why” behind anything that you do and scrapbooking, including your personal scrapbooking style, is no different.
Personally, I have two different ways of scrapbooking. There is my documentation of everyday life through Project Life and pocket scrapbooking. These are two page spreads that are photo heavy.
Then there is my more creative layouts that are “moment” focused. These layouts have an emphasis on story and are usually single photo layouts. These layouts capture what I’m feeling at a certain moment in time.
Creating these layouts with a single photo helps me to focus more on the story and the feelings behind the story rather than an event.
I have always gravitated towards a more clean and simple style and I have an easier time scrapbooking in that style when I’m working with a single photo. I am a minimalist at heart, so when I’m scrapbooking for pure pleasure, my minimalist comes in selecting only one photo to work with.
But, when I am looking towards being more creative or trying new techniques I find it easier to do so when working with one photo. It allows me to let loose and “play” a little more.
If you’re wanting to try your hand at single photo layouts, I would suggest starting with one photo that conveys a moment you wish to capture or a story you want to tell and go from there! Focus your layout and the story you’re telling in that layout on that one photo. Then try some creative techniques or keep it clean and simple to really highlight that photo.