Make the layout anyway! Tell that story—photo or no photo. The other day I did just that. I made an 8 x 8 layout and have plans of doing many more, then compiling them into a mini album. I want to capture more of the funny little things my 3-year-old does or says. I've already got some of them written in a notebook and ready for a layout. Sometimes I may have a photo or two, sometimes I won't, and I am completely okay with that. Here's the layout I created about the funny little mishap that happened at church before my cousin's graduation a couple weeks ago:
Additional ideas for layouts without photos
- Use memorabilia like tickets stubs or programs in place of pictures.
- Think art journal and get messy with paints, ink, modeling paste, etc.
- Let your child draw a picture of the story if it's about them.
- Go big, bold, and graphic with your title.
- Let your main thought be the title and allow it to fill the page.
- Use your die-cutting machine to cut shapes that fit with your story.
- Take advantage of all that extra white space you may have. Just let it be—white space is good!
- Mix and match all those letter stickers you have laying around for added interest.
- Have fun with patterned paper.
Hopefully you've found some inspiration to get some stories told today... photos or no photos. I'd love to see what you create!