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good cropping you can make your photos pop off your pages.
Keep in mind that you only want to remove the unnecessary
background bits that don’t go with your theme (subject).
If you are scrapping a travel album, you might want to leave in the
palm trees, Statue of Liberty or even some architecture to set the mood
for your album. There are
times when the background is as important as your subject.
Remember, “think twice, and cut once”.
you crop a photo, be careful not to remove any important pieces of
history. A family picnic with
the old car in the background, or old-fashioned clothing or furniture can
prove to be of great sentimental value for some of your family members as
well as verifying the date of the photo in question for future
generations. Always keep in
mind what you want as your focal point in each photo before cropping.
all photos have to be square. There
are many plastic templates and cookie cutters for patterns available.
You can crop photos into interesting shapes such as ovals, clouds,
circles, raindrops, hearts and other simple objects. Plastic templates
come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can always make your own, using
plastic margarine tub lids or heavy cardboard.
Templates & Letters
Cropping “well” can be the single most important aspect of your photo album. Each photo should be considered as an individual mini project within your whole layout. Take the time to analyze each photo and determine how it would look best. If you are unsure how you want a photo mounted, save it for another day. Coming back to it with a fresh perspective can sometimes bring a better idea.
Always remember to include a part of yourself in each album. Your children and grandchildren will cherish a lovely poem with your signature in the years to come. Future descendants will cherish these photo albums and think a little prayer of thanksgiving to the designer every time they are opened.