After watching this episode of Paperclipping, I was inspired to apply Noell's six tips from "Make Beautiful Layouts with Lots of Photos" and came up with this layout.
Here are her tips and how I applied them.
Tip #1 - Shrink or crop your photos and arrange them in compartments
Only one of my photos is the original 4x6 size. I cropped several into 4x4 squares and trimmed one down just a bit so there was room for the 3x4 photo in the upper LH corner. I wanted the pictures to flow across the page, so I kept the design to one large rectangular compartment and used a symmetrical design scheme.
Tip #2 - Use a solid color or subtle pattern for the background paper
Here I chose a grungy, off-white background paper from Basic Grey. I love how it adds depth to the layout, yet the white of my daffodils still pop out. On the video, Noell also talks about spreading color across the page. My colors are pretty uniform, so I used size instead. My close-up photos form a visual triangle, and the shots of bunches of daffodils also form a visual triangle. I think this sets apart the last column, which contains my journaling and 4x6 photo.
Tip #3 - Add patterned paper in small amounts in the gaps between the photos
I filled in the gaps at the top of the 4x4 photos, and on both ends to create a border. Here I used my corner rounder on the patterned paper to give a softer edge to the large rectangle. I use this technique quite often and love how just a few rounded corners adds a great effect.
Tip #4 - Add or wrap embellishments along the lines created with photo compartments and patterned paper
Because I wanted these beautiful pictures to be the focus, I decided to keep the embellishments confined to areas of patterned paper, with just one exception below the journaling box. My title and journaling are placed at either end of the layout, so the eye can just take in the photos as it travels across the page.
Tip #5 - Place showy, favorite embellishments in a visual triangle around the most important part of your layout
Here I used chipboard and brads to create three areas of embellishment. The first is before my title, in the lower LH corner. I love how the swirl overlaps onto the photo and leads your eye to that larger photo of the single daffodil.
The second area is at the top of the page, above a 4x4 photo. This embellishment is smaller and more subtle, since it is in the midst of all the photos. I didn't want it competing for attention, but to add just a little touch. The rounded shape and placement also helps soften an angular corner.
Finally, I created an area of embellishment at the end of the layout, around the journaling. The chipboard word helps fill in a gap between the picture and journaling block, and your eye is drawn to that whole area to read some simple journaling.
Tip #6 - Keep the journaling subtle
The grunge look comes into play again with a journaling card from this collection by Cathy Zielske. I used a fine tip pen to write three short bullet points and used brads to highlight each point.
Thanks to Noell's six tips, I think this layout turned out beautifully without being cluttered. My iPod contains my favorite Paperclipping episodes, so when I am downstairs in my scrap space I am never without great design ideas! Thanks, Noell and Izzy!