Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Two-Page Tuesday: Large and Small Photos

On these recent two-page layouts, I challenged myself to mix smaller photos with my usual 4x6's. I've been printing 4x3 and 2x3 photos at home and storing them with the 4x6 photos I get from my outside developer. Sometimes cropping 4x6 photos can ruin the picture, so I'm loving these smaller sizes that still capture all the detail. You'll see plenty of pictures on these pages, while still leaving room for white space. I need my white space!

Historical Lexington, KY
Journaling reads: "Phil and I loved strolling the streets of the historical district near downtown. We spent the night in Lexington on our way to Biltmore House in North Carolina, and stopped here again on our way home to tour the Henry Clay house and estate."

How Does Your Garden Grow?
Journaling reads: "Of all the exotic plants growing in the Biltmore greenhouse, these simple flowers in unusual containers were by far my favorite!"
I'm still experimenting, but learning that I love a mix of photo sizes on two-page layouts. Sometimes I can achieve that by cropping, sometimes not, so printing smaller sizes at home is working for me. When deciding what to print, I'm choosing which photos might deserve to be a focal point and ordering them in 4x6. The potential supporting photos are printed at home in smaller sizes. So I'm already considering page design before any printed photo makes it to my scrap table. Easy enough to do with a small batch of photos, but more of a challenge when faced with hundreds of pictures from vacation!

I hope this gives you some ideas about choosing photo sizes and how to have a variety at your fingertips, if that's something you want to do!

SUPPLIES (place cursor on photo for description, click on photo for link)
Historical Lexington, KY


InLinkz.com

How Does Your Garden Grow?
Patterned Paper and Small Alpha Stickers: Echo Park "A Walk in the Park" (older collection)


18 comments:

  1. WOW WOW ... love your 2 pagers layout!!! You rocked them Sue... you are just amazing!!! hugs...xoxo

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  2. Sue these are fabulous! You do make me want to tackle a 2-pager. Love the bright colors and how you did the titles. And you always have such great photos!!!

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  3. Great 2-pagers! I love the colors and banner on the Lex KY layout. I love printing smaller photos too so I try to think ahead also, which ones are OK 4x6 to print at Shutterfly, which ones can I just collage and print myself. My trouble is remembering what I wanted to do once I get the photos back. If I don't sketch something out then and there...poof, it's gone! :)

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  4. Great photos and you've set them off beautifully in your design. Love the bold pattern papers on cardstock background.

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  5. I like mixing sizes on layouts, too. These are both great layouts - I like that you were able to include quite a few photos on each one. I've got several sets of photos that need two-page layouts - hoping to work on those during the Double Take workshop coming up.

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  6. Great layouts and I love the smaller photos. I'd love to be able to print photos at home, especially in smaller sizes, but I don't know which photo printer to buy that actually works halfway decently.

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  7. Love these! They are both fantastic! :)

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  8. GREAT take on the challenge! LOVE them both! I really need to do more 2-pagers. Thanks for the reminder and inspiration :)

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  9. Great pages! I follow very similar process - print the pictures that I want to be the focus of the layout as 4x6 at walgreens and print everything else at home in smaller sizes or sometimes 5x7

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  10. I love mixing up picture sizes and your layouts look great! I love all the old buildings, how fun!

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  11. Great layouts, Sue! I do like the smaller size photos at times and they look great :)

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  12. Wonderful 2-pagers,love the size of the photo's, keeping all the detail in your gorgeous photo's.xxxx

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  13. Great 2 pagers! The varying photo sizes add a lot of interest! Nice work!!

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  14. Loving the yellow on Kraft in the first layout! I use to use just 4x6 but am trying to mix it up...every now and then.

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  15. these really are beautiful and they inspire me. I have so many photos of beautiful homes in various places but never quite know what to do with them. Now I do!

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  16. Love your two-pagers -- still working on my 2-page skills, myself. Your photos are gorgeous!

    I often order smaller prints by creating a two or four-photo collage at 4x6 in Picasa (takes seconds) and add that to my print order. Works like a charm and doesn't cost extra. As an 8.5x11 scrapper, its hard to include several photos unless they're small, so I've got lots of small-photo tricks up my sleeve!

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  17. These are great! I really need to try more 2 page layouts!

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