With basic cropping and a few embellishments, you can get super creative with displaying your photos.
Here are two simple tips that will make your scrapbooks ooze with creativity!
♥ Overlap onto picture frames. Choose two or three pictures that you want to display together. The pictures should have a common theme, such as flowers, animals, children playing, etc. Using a square template and a pencil, choose the portion of the first picture that you want to crop and begin to trace the template. As you're tracing, find a section of the picture that you can actually trace around instead of cutting it off with the template. For instance, if you're cropping a photo of your dog and part of his tail doesn't show within the template, trace around the tail. When you cut out the picture it should have three solid straight sides and one side with the tail coming out of the side. Crop the other two pictures in a similar fashion. Out of stock card create one frame with three open panels to frame the photos. Carefully lift the extra sections (i.e. the dog's tail) and adhere them on top of the frame. When you are through, this gives an added fun dimensional effect to your photos.
♥ Emphasize a portion of a photo. Sometimes instead of cropping all the extras out of a picture, it's fun to zone in on just part of the picture. Let's say your daughter is in the school choir and you have a photo of her with five other students in it. Use a square template and crop around the upper half of your daughter's body. Carefully cut the square out. Adhere the photo (not the cutout section) onto card stock. Trim 1/4 inch off of each side of the cutout section. Center and adhere the cutout into the center of the opening of the photo. Adhere four tiny tacks into the four corners of the cutout. This gives the appearance that you have specially framed a portion of the picture. On the same scrapbooking page, include a close up photo of your daughter singing.
In this scrapbook tutorial for beginners, we've provided you with basic steps on how to crop photos. Remember that the main purpose for cropping photos is to enhance the overall look of your scrapbook pages. Whether it's to remove the extras from a picture, to center the main focal point of a photo, or to draw special emphasis to your photos, let cropping help you create beautifully designed scrapbook pages.