Not Great Photos

NotGreatPhoto

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Sometimes you have great memories, but only bad photos. How can you use those photos to make a page that you’ll love for years to come?

CHOOSE ANOTHER FOCAL POINT

Sometimes, your best bet is to let the page elements and words be the focus. In this example, the title is the star, with the photos acting as a support (almost literally holding up the title, actually!):

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NO FOCAL POINT

Another option is to use lots of small photos, like I did here. Every one of these photos is blurry (it was very dark in the aquarium), but I wasn’t going to not scrap ‘em! By including a lot of photos, no one photo in particular stands out. The eye just moves from image to image.

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BLACK AND WHITE

Black and white conversions can be useful when for photos with colour issues like a bad colour cast or just to minimize the negative impact of dappled light. The best part about black and white photos are that they match any kit!

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IGNORE THE BLURRINESS

I actually don’t mind scrapbooking blurry photos. Here’s a page I did where all the photos are soft (and shot in dappled light, which is why they’re converted to black & white):

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If it’s the only photo I have of a particular moment, I can make a soft/blurry photo work on a scrapbook page!

BLEND IT IN

For these photos, I chose a kit that almost perfectly coordinated. They just blend right in:

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REMEMBER THAT A SNAPSHOT CAN BE ENOUGH

Going through the galleries and the standout blogs, you can’t help but come away with the impression that there are a lot of good scrapbooking photographers out there!

Sometimes it’s important to remember that a snapshot can be a worthy scrapbook topic, if it holds a special memory for you.

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I don’t have any artsy, stunning photos of my move. But I do have a fun photos of my cat in a box and for me, that enough!

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Good photo or bad photo, as long as there’s a family memory there, I will make room for it in my scrapbook.