Large Photo Layouts

The vast majority of the time, I will use 4×6 photos or smaller, depending on the design, how many photos need to be included, it is cheaper to print them, and that size is generally easier to use and alter on the page.

But every so often, a photo is just too awesome and it demands to be big and loud and the total centre of attention on a layout.


I really loved this photo of us – the slight wind in my veil, the green hill behind us (even the patches with no greenery). It felt that it should be big, especially when I decided to use the large green flower (which I actually got at a craft retreat and was supposed to use it to make a hat. Um, no thanks) in the corner.

The photo was 8×12, but I trimmed a bit off the right hand side so that some of the patterned paper would be seen on the left side. I cut doilies in half, then positioned them above and below the photo. You have to take regular embellishments and make them work around big photos like this. Since the photo is horizontal, we want to balance that out with vertical movement (and the doilies work to do this, as does the patterned paper).

Also, busy background papers are possible, as the photo covers a lot of the pattern. I also recommend using embellishments that meld onto the photo, such as bling or a larger embellishment like the flower.

Here is another photo that, when I saw it, I immediately knew that I would print it in a larger size. I loved the vertical aspect of the tree in the background (I love palm trees!), and I loved how our bodies are angled. I just love this photo!


Again, you want to think of vertical and horizontal in relation to the photo.

With this one, I wanted the stars to partially cover up the tree, but also balance out how tall Tom is, so that the eye stays on our faces. The background paper is white and silver (doesn’t jump out much due to the neutral tones), but the pattern is quite busy. Circles = rings = great for weddings!

The doilies mimic the circles in the background, and the red tulle provides a horizontal balance, as does the repetition of the star with the key. Words are horizontal, adding more balance.

Working with larger photos sometimes requires a bit more planning, but also a lot less embellishments and paper.

What photos will you print in a larger size?



Bring on the Weekend

It has been a chaotic week.

Monday was great – I got to celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday at Disneyland. So magical! 

The rest of the week is a blur of reports, phone calls, facilitating training, dealing with apartment issues (our property management leaves a lot to be desired sometimes).

The good thing? IT IS FRIDAY! And payday. And the start of a weekend of reorganizing the Nerd Cave to accommodate new Funko Pops and R2-D2’s (we are obsessed)!

In thinking about R2, here is a layout of Tom with him from a trip in 2013:


The R2-D2 journalling block is actually a notepad that we picked up in the bargain bins at Target. Jedi logo is from Creative Imaginations. The metal saying is an old Memory Makers embellishment. The paper looks beige in the photo, but is actually a light silver.

The stars are a piece of paper that was already die cut, although you could do the same thing using a Silhouette (still need to try using mine – on the To Do list for the holiday break).

It’s simple, yet fun. This is one of my favorite  photos of Tom ever.

Love that childish grin!


Oh, America.

I am absolutely speechless after last night’s election. Shocked. Bewildered.

So, let’s go back to a time when I was excited by progress that America used to make!

This one is from the American pavilion at Disney World’s Epcot:


I really wanted to capture the pride of the show that they provide here, as well as some vintage pilgrim-type textures with the lacy doily and stitching.

The papers were in my stash for years and years (not sure why I bought them when I lived in Canada, but I am sure I had reason!), and I paired them with the Freckled Fawn doily (cut in half to change it from a square into a rectangle), and stars punched with a Stampin Up punch. The foam letters were from a dollar store (I so miss Dollarama in Canada!).

Thanks for looking!