Quick Tip for One Photo Layouts

I have a guess that most of us take far more photos than we will ever scrapbook. When I am overloaded with photos from a big event or a trip, I love to find two page layout designs that will allow me to get as many photos on a page as I can.

There are also times when I only have one 4×6 photo for a layout. That great big 12×12 canvas can be overwhelming for one photo, especially if you are not into major embellishing.

Today I have a tip for creating a canvas on a 12×12 background that will make working with one photo that much easier: narrow the page.

In the layout above, I added two scalloped borders on each side of my 12×12 background. The borders and contrasting mat draw the eye into the center of the page. The result is a 6×12 area that can easily accommodate one 4×6 photo. There is still plenty of white space in the background but the focus of the page is right along the center and my single photo.

I punched the scallop borders with an EK success border punch. To make sure that all of the scallops would align with each other, I started punching each strip with the paper lined up with the edge of the punch.

Do you have any favorite design tips for using one 4×6 photo on a 12×12 page?

In other news, the townhouse I was planning to rent fell through. Long story. But all is well because I found something else in the neighborhood where I lived for 12 years.ย The rent is less than the other places I had looked at and I can move in Monday! My storage containers are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, so by this time next week I’ll be unpacking and finally settling in.

There are only two bedrooms and I have furniture and a bed for a guest room, so there’s no place for a craft room. My crafting/scrapbook stuff will have to be integrated into the great room (living room/dining room area). There is a large closet in the hallway where I will be able to put my albums and things I don’t need all the time. I have a feeling there were be some organizing posts in the near future.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. this is so fun!! I just did a layout uisng the 5 things with the swoon collection! i love those little envelopes!

  2. Sorry about the town home, but it looks like it actually worked out for the best! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great page! I love that the colors go so well with your photo. And that big scallop punch is fabulous!!

  3. Wonderful page, I love those little envelopes! Best wishes for your move and getting things organized. Can’t wait to see your new place!

  4. Awesome tip! I love how this turned out!!

    Sorry about the other townhouse, but super excited you get to move in MONDAY!!!!!! Can’t wait to see how you organize your new space, especially working it into your great room ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Oh! I love this layout. The little envelopes are so stinkin’ cute! What a great idea.
    Love the scallops too. I think it’s safe to say I just LOVE everything about this layout.

  6. love what you did here! I have a hard time scrapping with more than 1 photo – LOL!

  7. Congrats on finding a place, you must feel so relieved.
    Your layout is great. Good tips on using only one photo on a page.


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