Choosing & using photos

How do scrapbookers come up with all those fun ways to use photos, and where do they get them all? If you need help finding enough photos to create a scrapbook, or need ideas on how to use them, this is the place!

Getting additional photos
Research indicates that most scrapbookers continue to create traditional photo albums, and that only a small selection become scrapbook pages. If that will be your strategy, consider ordering double prints when your film is processed. If you aren't sure or want to decide later, though, there are options:

  • Print at home on inkjet photo paper
  • Use online albums, like those you can create at, and customize your print order.
  • Use a photo kiosk, such as a KODAK Picture Maker, to get additional prints and/or enlargements.
  • Order a picture CD when your film is processed, then print what you need at home (and e-mail some pictures to relatives while you're at it!).

Fun cropping techniques
If every picture fit perfectly into a 4 x 6-inch rectangle, no one would ever need to crop. Reality shows us, though, that there's extra space in almost every picture. Read the traditional ways to crop here, and consider some of these options more popular among the scrapbooking world:

  • Silhouette: Cut along the outline of the subject in a photo, eliminating the entire background. This is a great option when the background is very dark or very cluttered.
  • Bumping: Silhouette just part of a photo. Excellent compromise between four straight edges and the silhouette.