As the year draws to a close, “year in review” is popping up everywhere: Facebook, news, magazines, scrapbooking and more.
Here are a few ideas for creating an end-of-year scrapbook layout using lots of small photos:
1. Contact Sheet
For the 2012 layout above, I created a contact sheet in iPhoto (print > contact sheet > customize) from an album of 20 favorite 2012 photos. You can use lots more photos if you wish; simply adjust the columns to fit them all onto one page.
When I was finished customizing, I saved the contact sheet as a PDF file rather than printing, then opened the file in Photoshop for more editing.
To get a mix of color and black & white photos, I created a duplicate layer in Photoshop and converted the duplicate layer to black & white. Then I used the rectangular marquee tool to select and delete individual photos (the black and white portion gets deleted, revealing the color layer underneath).
2. Instagram Prints
Persnickety Prints has free Instagram templates for Photoshop, including the one I used here:
3. Collage Prints
Walgreens offers collage prints with up to 20 photos – easy to create online and ready to pick up the same day.
4. Circle Punch
Punch out a selection of photos and line them up. This “random photos” layout was created way back when I used a film camera and had a lot of prints. A circle punch was a great way to include some small photos that would have otherwise not made it onto a layout. Published in Woman’s Day Scrapbooking, October 2005.
5. Holiday Cards
Check out “year in review” card designs and bookmark some websites for next year’s holiday cards (be sure to keep one for your scrapbook). Tiny Prints has a great selection, including the Aiming High card, Happy Highlights card and Iconic Year card.
What are your highlights from 2012?