My first decision was choosing one larger photo as the focal point and four photos as smaller support pictures. After that was decided, I matted the focal point photo on white cardstock, wrote up my journaling, and trimmed four photos to smaller sizes.
My second decision was choosing a background and placing the photos on the page. I went with kraft cardstock instead of my usual white background because there is already quite a bit of white in my photos. I placed the photos on the page and started moving things around.
I settled on this arrangement because I like the strong horizontal and vertical lines. Now I have an idea where my title and journaling will go.
My third and final decision involved finishing touches. I decided to keep it simple because of all the photos, and went with a few embellishments to move the eye around the photos and finished the page with top and bottom borders.
I can seldom visualize a layout from start to finish unless I am scraplifting or using a sketch. It is usually a series of small decisions, each leading me to the next, that guides my process. I've had to learn to trust myself and slowly build confidence by completing pages I am happy to have created. Is this similar to your scrapping process, or can you see the whole layout in your mind before you get started?
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