When You Don’t Have a Photo

Recently I asked a friend of mine who is just getting started in digital scrapbooking what questions she has as a beginner. Since I am so far into this journey I sometimes forget what it feels like to be new and just trying to learn the basics. She sent me her list of questions and one of them immediately jumped out at me.

“What do I do when I want to scrap about something and don’t have any pictures?”

Now THAT is a great question! I have scrapped a number of pages when I didn’t have any photos. Here are a few options:

Don’t Use a Photo

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Not all scrapbook pages need to have a photo. Stories are worth saving, even if we don’t have a picture to go with it.

Use a Stock Photo

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If I don’t have a photo for a particular story then I often go looking at places like iStock Photo and Stock.xchng for a photo that I can use. I usually can find just the perfect picture!

Take a Picture Later

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Sometimes when there is a story to tell and we don’t have a photo, we can take one later. In this layout, I wanted to tell the story of how my daughter had waited for so long to be the “magical 44 inches” to ride certain rides at Disney World. On the actual day she realized she was finally tall enough, we forgot to take a picture. No worries…we took one a different day!

FIND A SUPPORTING PHOTO

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Sometimes you can tell a story by using a photo that supports it…this picture is just a random shot of my daughter in the car but it went perfectly with the story of her non-stop question asking…since that is just one place she asks tons of questions!

SCAN A PHOTO OR PIECE OF MEMORABILIA

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If you don’t have a photo for a particular story, you can scan in a photo that helps tell the story or you can scan in a piece of memorabilia. In the top layout, I scanned in my son’s hospital card declaring he was a boy and in the bottom photo I scanned in a photo that would convey what I was trying to say.

ASK OTHERS FOR A PHOTO

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Even if you don’t have a photo of a particular event, maybe someone else does. Ask people that you were with if they have any that they can share.

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So go on…don’t let the fact that you don’t have a photo keep you from scrapping!

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