Big is Beautiful!

go big with your photos

Bebas font


It’s no secret that I love really big photos on my layouts. The bigger the better in my opinion! One of my favorite ways to scrap is to fill a page almost completely with a large photo and then layer a few embellishments around in the natural empty space of the picture.

my sun my moon and all my stars by Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Scrapbook Lady Sweeties template. Little Butterfly Wings one of a kind word arts and papers. Pink Reptile Designs simple things.


Travel and scenery photos look especially stunning when they are enlarged. Just add some word art or some edging details if you want to dress it up a bit.

Canada by Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Scrapbook Lady SuperSized template. Solid papers by Suzy Q Scraps. Travel word transfer by Anna Aspnes


A larger photo can act as a backdrop for the story you want to tell. It’s a great way to call attention to a smaller picture.

Baseball by Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Scrapbook Lady StunningShots template. Supplies from Julie Billingsly & Jady Day Studios Bases Loaded


It’s still ok to add a lot of pictures to a page with a large photo. I included 6 photos on this layout and was still able to show off the main image in grand style.

gather to be grateful by Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Scrapbook Lady Scraps Sideways template. Thankful Gathering by Studio Rosey Posey.


There’s still plenty of room for journaling even with a great big photo.

lurking by Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Scrapbook Lady Stunning Singles Template, Faith True Master of Disguise kit, fonts are Bebas and Myriad Pro


Big and Beautiful

I’m not the only one who likes big pictures, just take a glance through some online galleries and flickr groups. Here are some of my favorites:

Don’t you just love this sweet little baby face?


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I love the look of the title right across the top of the photo on this layout.

swimming lessons

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The combination of a large photo with beautifully designed text lends a magazine feel to this page.

True North

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One of my very favorite ways to use a big photo layout is as an opposing page on a double page spread.

lavendar farms

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Blending a large photo with textured paper can turn your layout into an art gallery piece.


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Big photo pages just always catch my eye!


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Best tips for big photo pages

  • Start with one picture that you really want to emphasize and go big with it. You can always add more after you get that one in place.
  • Keep embellishments and titles in perspective – you might want to go a little more on the bold side with a larger size photo.
  • Consider using photo treatments, filters, or other enhancements to make those large pictures look their very best.
  • Let the photo (or photos) shine and take center stage. It’s perfectly fine to add a lot of other details and elements, but don’t overwhelm the star of the show. Let that photo be big and beautiful!

More big picture ideas

Next time you go to place a photo on a digital scrapbook page, consider making it a little bigger. Remember, big is beautiful!

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