Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Multi-Photo Solutions

I did not sign up for the Multi-Photo Solutions workshop at BPC last fall, however I couldn't resist signing up for the rerun this summer since all my storage binders are full of photos waiting to be scrapped and this workshop promised "dozens of creative solutions for scrapbooking stacks and stacks of photos." The first week's materials were posted this past Thursday with Aly Dosdall's ideas for a single page and a double page layout using multiple photos.

I adapted the single page idea (which contained 12 smaller photos) to work with the 7 photos I had from New Year's Eve on our cruise. The idea was to put your best/favorite photos on the right side of the page, then overlap the "average but expendable" photos in a flip book fashion on the left side of the page.

I like this idea and the opportunity to include extra photos on a layout, however Aly assumed these "average but expendable" photos would only be accessible if the page were removed from the page protector. I do not like the idea of having photos on the page that can't be viewed while flipping through an album. So, I decided to cut slits in my page protector to allow the photos to be viewed.

Here you can see my page in the protector.

The photos are held in place by washi tape. I used one of my heavier tapes and also included a strip of tape on the back side of the photo (once it was flipped up) for added stability and endurance.

 It took a little time to get these slits in just the right place, but I'm thrilled with this interactive element in my album! (I first tried cutting a slit for an interactive element after watching this video by Shimelle. I used the same concept here, except I cut four separate slits.)

Have you added any fun interactive elements to your layouts lately?

15 comments:

Andrea La Vigne said...

Thanks so much for sharing this! I'm taking the multi-photo solutions class, too, & had thought to cut slits in the page protector for the interactive elements. But the link to that video you included here gave me the necessary instruction as toto just how to do it.

Karen said...

I gave this serious thought, but decided against it. I love what you've done here. I definitely need to get back on the scrapping bandwagon.

alexa said...

This looks like a great class and. I love interactive elements on my pages, especially as I have lots of photos often! I always adhere mine to the outside of the page protector too, but with a slightly different method - I must look at your link. Thank- you!

alexa said...

This looks like a great class and. I love interactive elements on my pages, especially as I have lots of photos often! I always adhere mine to the outside of the page protector too, but with a slightly different method - I must look at your link. Thank- you!

Sian said...

Yes, I love an interactive element..anything to pull the viewer in and give them a satisfying scrapbook experience. This is a perfect solution.

Cheryl M said...

Oh I love your page Melissa and the photos on the left gave me an idea...this would be great in a mini album too, using our "punched" pics from LOM (just making sure they're square). I'm making note of this technique. Sounds like I should've taken this class.

Debbie P said...

I took that class last go around. You are going to love it! Fabulous start Melissa! Your layout is awesome!

Sue Althouse said...

Great page, and I like your solution to be able to see all the photos. I don't want to have to slip my layouts in and out of page protectors.

MonicaB said...

Wonderful page and great solution to showcase many photos.

Sandra said...

What a great way to use more photos, so often we just put them to one side :)

S said...

Great way to add extra photos. I took a class at Creating Keepsake convention last year that showed lots of ideas like this, and have yet to incorporate some of them. Thanks for nudging me again.

Becky said...

Great layout and I did the same recently to be able to see the brochure from a hotel. I much prefer the idea of not having to remove the page in order to see interactive bits!

Maria Ontiveros said...

These pictures are so fun! I always use lots of photos so will look forward to your class layouts.
Rinda

Missus Wookie said...

I taught a class like this last year - and someone cut the page protector with the page inside... oops! But I do like adding these in, found some nice stick on pockets too which add fun without too much bulk.

Barbara Eads said...

I love your interactive element. That's a great way to get a lot of pictures on the page. I, pretty much do double page spreads exclusively---that allows for many pictures.