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Scrapbook Scribbles 16 – How Many Pictures

One? Twelve? Twenty?  How many pictures should you use on your layout?  The rule is: there are no rules!  Really!  You just need to decide what is right for the story you want to tell.

In this age of digital cameras, we are no longer limited to the amount of photos that we can take, save, and print.  Gone are the days of passing up great photo opportunities because “we don’t have enough or anymore film”.  How sad were those days?  Now, we can (and DO) take hundreds of pictures of each event or “photo op”.  Now, we can have as many pictures as we want to preserve our memories and to tell about them.  So, how do we know how many pictures to use?

Perhaps, one big picture can tell the whole story you want to share about a particular moment.  Other stories may be better told with multiple small pictures.  You can even mix and match sizes.  Have one picture a bit larger than the others to be the focal point of your layout.

Sometimes, there are so many good pictures that you want to use, and it is just too difficult to decide.  What do you do then?  A two-page layout might be a good solution.  Use wallet size prints with one 4×6 or 5×7 as your main photo.  You could also use a proof sheet or contact sheet size and number the photos and then put the corresponding numbers in your journaling.  It’s YOUR scrapbook, YOUR design, YOUR memories, and YOUR story!!

Tell it how YOU want!  Go ahead! Use all or one of the many wonderful shots you treasure.

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