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How Do I Scrapbook with Professional Portraits?

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Question: How Do I Scrapbook with Professional Portraits?
Scrapbooking with professional protraits can be difficult for a variety of reasons. First, usually you can't crop much from them because they have been perfectly framed. Second, you want to include lots of them on your layout because they are all great shots, however, they are very close to being all the same. Third, because of the other two problems, it is difficult to create a focal point.
Answer: To create a balanced scrapbook page layout with professional photographs you need these three tips:

  1. Select Photos Carefully - You do not need every angle, and every shot that was taken at the photo shoot. Pare them down to the essentials as you get started.
  2. Choose a Focal Point Photo - Balanced scrapbook pages are so much easier to create when you have a clear focal point on your layout. Select one photo that really tells the story and then let the others be the supporting cast. The easiest way to single out a focal point photo is to enlarge it.
  3. Gather Photos in Groups - Group the supporting photos by using them to create a border or creating a section of the layout for them to gather together. This will keep them from competing with the focal point photo.
  4. Visit the March 2009 Scrapbook Redesign gallery to see the before and after photos of a scrapbook page layout using professional photos that Rebecca redesigned using these tips.

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