i get asked a lot about how i make my photo collages. they're one of my favorite ways to scrap. i love the clean, linear look to them. i have a few ways of doing these. so i thought i would post about each and give some examples.
the first way is the easiest way i think. i just grab some 4x6 photos ... and trim them until they make a collage. i start slow and trim small bits of the photo ... usually in 1/4 or 1/2 inch increments. i keep trimming them one by one ... until they all fit together nicely. a ruler is my friend ... several rulers, in fact. i'm actually surprised sometimes how easy this is to do. they all just sort of fall into place and end up looking good. once i have them all trimmed to fit, i adhere the photos onto a sheet of white cardstock, usually leaving a small gap in between the photos. if i have any gaps that aren't working with the photos ... i will add some pattern paper or something in that spot. here are a few samples. all the photos on these two layouts were 4x6 to start with.
or sometimes i will resize and crop my photos, arranging them randomly on a sheet of photo paper to print. then i just trim them all into individual photos ... and arrange them into a collage myself. once again, i just adhere them to white cardstock. this is handy when i don't necessarily know what order i want my photos in or how they're going to be arranged on the layout. i just know that they will end up in a collage type look. these next 2 layouts are examples of that.
on "crazy", the photos were all 2x3 ... and i just adhered them together on a white piece of cardstock. you'd never know, right? looks like i printed them in one long strip.
"january 2009" ... all photos were printed here at home. then i trimmed them all apart and adhere them back together. still has the collage look ... just pieced together to get that look.
sometimes, i make my collages in photoshop. it's actually pretty easy. i just pull up any photos i want to use, and decide how big i want my collage. then i figure out the size to make my photos, so that they'll fit within that collage. once i have them on there ... i print the collages as one entire photo. here are a few samples.
"fabulous" is a 9x9 layout. and the actual photo collage is only about 4 inches by 6 inches. so this is a pretty small collage .. and yet, i don't think it looks that small on the actual layout.
"busy" is another 9x9 layout. the collage part of this is about 8x8 ... although there is space on the left side and the top of the collage, where i added pattern paper and embellishments. so i'm guessing the actual photos are about 6x6 in size.
"softball" is a 12x12 layout. the top photo collage holds 5 photos ... and is about 3 inches by 9 inches (i'm guessing, since i don't have it in front of me). then i just added the single photo on it's own on the bottom of the layout.
now, don't hold me to this being the "right" way or the "only" way ... but here are the simple steps i use for my collages.