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Posted 1/4/2013 by akenyon in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 280,433
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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:43:10 PM
So I do love the way the pages with tons of white space and tiny pictures (2x2 or 3x4) look, but I just can't seem to bring myself to take a picture I consider worth scrapping and making it so small. I do print small for project life, but I don't have to build a whole page around one tiny photo. Is this because I am not taking them with my phone? Thoughts on this trend? Am I the only one?

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Posted: 1/5/2013 5:52:16 AM
I am predominantly a 4x6 scrapper and I love this look to break things up in an album.

I use really small photos if I have 4 or 5 similar ones I can't choose between since I struggle with double page/multiple photo layouts- so I'll perhaps make a photo strip of the images printed 3x4 down one side of the page with these.

I find that bold/striking images don't lose anything being printed small. Especially photos of buildings/'things' rather than people. I wouldn't be likely to print a group shot of people really small.

Another time when I print images really small is where I have a photo I want to use that's blurry or otherwise not technically very good, expecially with photos of my pet hamsters who don't stay still for photos... so I'll print the photo 3x4 and maybe make it black and white which means I can get away with something that would be too blurry to use at full size.

The other thing I like to use is the polaroid frame in picasa and fit a couple of photos on a 4x6 for printing, then cut round them. I made a page with 2 of these fake polaroids layered in a strip with some cut out of dear lizzy paper which I was really happy with.

I nearly always use camera rather than phone photos for these types of page and mostly I use at least two of the tiny pictures but hopefully that helps answer the question a little


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Posted: 1/5/2013 5:53:13 AM
I agree... I actually like bigger photos like 5x7s...that look is not for me.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 6:17:34 AM
For traditional scrapbooking I maybe used a small photo alone once just to do it. Seems like a waste of space to me. I do use small photos in conjunction with larger ones, or like leisa77 in a photo strip. Funny thing is that when I scrapbook digitally, I have no problem using a smaller photo.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 6:49:55 AM
I guess the fact that I take a lot of pictures with my phone has led me to use smaller pictures in my layout when the quality wasn't so great, but most of te time I will use 2 or 3 of them so by the end the same amount of space is dedicated to photos on my layout.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 8:30:28 AM
I didn't scrap small photos until I started taking them with my phone. The photo needs to be printed small because of the resolution, but now that I'm doing it I really like the change from my typical 4x6 size.

I also scrap mostly for the artistic outlet, so I have lots of freedom with what I do.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 9:20:33 AM
Your not the only one. I have seen small pics on some really beautiful l/o and wondered how they did, because I dont use my smart phone as a camera, I use a regular point and shoot. I still use 4x6 but I have only cropped down a couple.


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Posted: 1/5/2013 10:02:44 AM
I do not "get" the tiny photo trend at all (I am talking about for scrapbooks, not for creating an "artistic" piece). The pages I really can't see myself doing are the ones with two, or in some cases one, tiny photo surrounded by a ton of embellishments or a giant "white" space.

When I first started scrapbooking, in about 1997, one of the attractive features about it was that you could get a lot of photos on a page. With all the photos I have taken of my 3 dd's in all of their activities I realize there will be a ton of albums if I ever get everything scrapped. If I have one photo instead of 5 on a page that means I will need 5 times as many pages, which means 5 times as many albums.

When my family looks at our albums they mostly focus on the photos. Those pages that get the most attention are the ones with multiple, easily viewed photos. As visually "pleasing' as white space may be, I would still rather see another photo of my now 21 year old daughter when she was 3 instead of looking at "white"space on a scrapbook page.

The other thing is that as one gets older, it is much easier to look at one photo when it is enlarged instead of miniaturized!



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Posted: 1/5/2013 12:48:08 PM
I adore this tiny trend. But as I can read here - you would like to see how to creat a great page with a big photos. This is a challenge!
I hope that I will try to realize it in a future video. I will remember about you - BIG photos lovers :*

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Posted: 1/5/2013 12:49:16 PM
I can think of one time I did this last year, although I think my photo was about 4 x 4. I had taken it on my phone, it wasn't great, and I absolutely hated the 2 or 3 other photos I had taken. So, I did some embellishing and the title near the photo, had a butterfly flying (with a doodled trail) off to the middle of the page and that was it.

Coming up, I'll do some SMALL photos (maybe some as small as 2x2), but there will be lots of photos on the pages where that happens.


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Posted: 1/5/2013 3:08:52 PM
I scrap a lot of 4x6, but if I want to do more than one or two photos on a page I definitely do smaller photos (I don't do very many 2 page layouts). That being said, sometimes I just adore doing a layout with lots and lots of white space just to change it up a bit.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 3:25:13 PM
I Love mixing up sizes, like picking a stand out picture, and adding a few smaller pics with it that aren't the greatest.

Or like this where I have 4 on a 4x6. Yes they are tiny but they tell the story just as well I think.... ?
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Posted: 1/5/2013 3:34:09 PM
I find myself using wallet sized pictures a lot in the last year or so. I love the idea of changing it up. I also scrap 8.5 x 11 so, that may be a factor too.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 4:04:29 PM
Lulu, I would never have guessed by looking that you had gotten 4 onto a 4x6. The subject/colors etc really stand out, especially considering how tiny the photos must be!

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Posted: 1/5/2013 6:16:06 PM
The small photos work great for PL. they are small enough to put in the pockets. Sometimes I don't feel a 4x6 tells the story like 4 small ones do. I like the change...like another poster said. Also, I am not one to put more than 2 photos on any given layout nor do i really ever do a two page layout. But that's just me. It's interesting how unique all of our thoughts and processes are when it comes to memory keeping.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 6:21:08 PM
I love the artistic side of those tiny photos... but the "old lady" in me asks "where are my glasses?" I think I adore larger photos because I can see all the detail.

And for those of you who are taking phone photos --give it a try new phones have great resolution now a days.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 8:22:41 PM
I'm I remembering correctly... isn't this the second time small photos have become trendy? I didn't like the one small photo per layout trend the first time around and I still don't like it.

I can understand creating a layout with one or two photos when you just don't have any other photos. But I don't understand the need to make the photos small. And I definitely don't understand creating a 12x12 album with layout after layout featuring single small photos.

Is the small photo trend influenced by Designers who want to showcase scrapbooking products instead of the photo?

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Posted: 1/5/2013 9:16:08 PM
I like all kinds of photo sizes and tinies are fine.
I use the size I find works best for the layout I'm working on. So it could be 8x8 or 1.5x2 or any in between

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