4 Ways to Use One Photo On A Multiphoto Template

So I am sure that by now, you all know that I love to use templates.  They are the backbone of my scrapping process, and I don’t know that I would be able to get as many layouts done as I do without them.  Recently, I have become really inspired by the templates by Cindy Schneider at Sweet Shoppe Designs.  These templates are incredibly layered and detailed, and I love them…except for the fact that they usually have 2 or more photo spaces in them.  This becomes problematic, seeing that I usually work with one photo per layout.  Today I wanted to share with you the 4 ways I get around using multiphoto templates with only one photo.

  1. Repeat the photo – this is probably the most obvious, but really works.  Often, especially when I am working with a photo I really like, I will just repeat the photo.  By doing this, I not only fill up the photo spaces, but I emphasize the photo I am using.  You can see this technique in my layout, “Sunny.”
  2. SunnyReplace the photo with elements – I usually use this technique when the kit I am using has a lot of great elements I want to use, or I need to use to enhance the feel of the layout.  For example, with this layout “Curious Keira” I really wanted to emphasize the flowers on her dress and the floral patterns and floral elements in the kit, so I took the placement of the secondary photo and replaced it with a cluster of the flower elements.  In most cases, you can make it look as though the secondary photo wasn’t even there in the first place.Curious Keira
  3. Replace the photo with a journal spot – This is the easiest of the approaches I’ll use to replace a photo in a template.  Often, journal spots are similar in size and shape to photos, so I can easily use them instead of photos.  In this layout, “Mother,” I actually created my own journal spot by placing a frame in the photo spot, and then putting paper behind it.Mother
  4. Just take the photo out – This is the best thing about templates.  When you are working with a template, and you find something that you don’t want to use, you can just take it out!  Often it takes a little maneuvering to get the other elements and photos fit once you take something out, but it’s worth it to be able to use the one picture I wanted to use.  In “We Like Peanut Butter and Jelly” I took out the second photo, and flipped the main photo to help fill the space.Peanut Butter and Jelly

These are just a few of the many ways you can work templates to fit your scrapping needs. What methods do you use to make templates work for you?  Let’s talk about it in the comments!

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11 Responses to 4 Ways to Use One Photo On A Multiphoto Template

  1. How did you know I was thinking of this lately? LOLI am very similar to you in that I don't often work with multiple photos. I've been trying to use templates more and more now to get me out of my “how am I going to lay this out” rut, but like you, don't like templates because you have to use multiple photos. This has really helped me to “think outside of the box”. Great article!

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  3. Martinacats says:

    Thanks for the great tips!

  4. SirScrapalot says:

    I'm glad I could help!!

  5. Great article! So you don't do multi-photo layouts? I have a hard time doing single photos layouts because I can't chose just one photo to use. I want to use them all!! 🙂

  6. SirScrapalot says:

    Nope I usually like to focus on one photo only. Then I do multiple layouts to get all the photos done, LOL.

  7. Shawna says:

    I love to add background papers in the extra photo spots!!!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I do that all the time too!

  9. HappyLilGrahamCracker says:

    I love how you made the templates work for you! Frequently I’ll fill the extra spaces with papers, elements, or journaling… mostly papers. I love the blocked look, and replacing those with papers helps me achieve that easier.

  10. Lynn A says:

    those are some great ideas! thanks for sharing!

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