Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sketches on Tuesday

This month's sketch, from Becky Fleck over at PageMaps, has nine square photos.  I love square photos.  Cropping down from a 4x6 is minimal (and quick) and usually serves to greater focus the subjects in the photos. Plus square photos are just so easy to layout; none of that puzzle-piece fitting necessary.  Photos grids just rock!

Square photo layouts are also easy to adjust to fit your needs.  In the case of the November sketch, you can choose one side of the layout or the other if you need less than nine photos.  Rotating the left side 180 degrees will put the three photos on top for greater focus.

You can add more square photos to either side of the layout.  Add two more on the right (top and bottom) to get eight photos on the right side.  Add more photos along the top, on the left side, and shift the round journaling block out to the far left edge; you can tuck it in behind the photo if necessary.  Need more photos?  Consider shrinking the size of the photos to 2 1/2 or 2" squares and go with three rows.

Remove any of the photos and either shift them to close the gaps, or leave the gaps and fill with layered embellishments, patterned paper blocks or a combination of the two.  If you need more journaling, use a photo block.  You can even use larger photos to reduce the number of photos - 4x4 or even 6x6.  You can still stack the photos like the sketch, but you may need to enlarge the background patterned paper mat to give you sufficient margins.

This square-style layout is great if you're doing Project Life® or pocket-page albums because it can translate to pocketed protectors pretty readily - keep the grid affect in the protector by cropping down patterned paper to fill the blank pockets.

How will you use this month's sketch?

Happy Tuesday,

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