So often I hear people say they want to scrapbook but they don't have time, don't know where to start, etc. One of the best ways to corral your photos is a photo collage. A lot of photos don't need to be printed at a full 4" x 6" to tell the story.
You can crop and arrange already printed photos on a piece of cardstock. Or, you can create and print your own photo collage. I do this a lot. I'd just completed the layout above when I saw an article about photo collages in this month's BH&G Scrapbooks Etc. magazine. Check out the Digifusion article in the August issue for more info.
Here is my method for creating a photo collage. Typically I make them with photos all the same size but of course you could vary the sizes (more on that in the magazine article.)
- Using the Organizer in Photoshop Elements, I select the photos I want to collage and right click on them. Choose Go to Full Edit.
- In the Editor, create a blank file (Ctrl + N) resolution 200. Size the same as the paper to be printed on. For the one above I chose 8 1/2 x 11 because that was my paper size even though my collage was smaller.
- Go to the first photo to be cropped. Choose the Crop tool. Specify a resolution of 200 and then specify the width and height of the desired image. The images above were cropped to 2 3/4" x 2 3/4."
- Crop all the photos. Your specifications for the crop tool will stay in place until you change them.
- Drag each photo on the blank file.
- Arrange as desired. Usually I leave a little space in between the photos. Sometimes I leave it blank so the space will end up white. Sometimes I draw in a rectangle behind the photo collage and color it black or whatever color I want to border the photos. For the one above, I created a beige rectangle so I didn't have that stark white background.
- Then just print the collage. Usually, I do not save the cropped photos as separate files.
Ingredients: Stamps: Cherry Hill by October Afternoon
Ink: Warm Red, Chesnut Roan fluid chalk ink
Marker: Zig Chocolate
DSP: Farm Fresh by October Afternoon
Cardstock: Certainly Celery for background, Close to Cocoa by SU!