Hello! It's Jennifer Larson again, continuing to share with you how I build a vacation album. Today I'd like to share how I select photos for the layouts and fit many photos on the page.
Yesterday I determined the subject for each layout in the album. Next I open up my photos in Photoshop Elements Organizer, scrolling through my vacation photos and opening every photo that fits that category:
Once I do, I select 2 of the best photos that I will print 4x6, though I will probably trim them to fit the page. The rest I will use to create a photo collage. Side comment here: I usually make my vacation albums 8.5x11, so the photo collage I usually make that size with a white border. I then trim it and affix it to cardstock.
I used to make photo collages to keep on hand forever year's vacation, but it's easier for me to size the template to the photos I select for each page. Here's a video showing how to create a collage (ignore the part where I forget if I should use control, option, or command. Gah.):
And here's the finished collage:
As I mentioned on the video, I like leaving a spot or two empty for patterned paper and embellishments after I print the photo. I have also found that with an 8.5x11 template, I can comfortably fit about 6-9 photos. More than that, the photos are so small they lose all details. If I want to fit one or two more, I might print it in a 4x6 format and then circle punch the subject out and add it on top of a corner of the collage with dimensional stickers, plus some embellishments.
Thank you for visiting today! I hope you now have ideas to easily fit many photos on a page. Come back tomorrow so that I can show you how to finish up the album with a very simple design.