Seasonal Photo Layouts | Compare and Contrast

For my third layout in my seasonal photo series, I wanted to share another journaling trick that works great with photos you may or may not know all the details about.

Most of you probably know that I have two nephews. I don’t have children of my own (yet) but I do love to create layouts with these boys. My sister-in-law takes tons of photos and she shares them with me freely. But when I go to scrapbook them: 1). I don’t know the details about where they are, why they are there, what’s going on, etc… and 2). I’m not scrapbooking my nephews to document their lives, I’m doing it because I want to create fun layouts.

Why is this important? Not every layout we create has to be a puzzle piece that fits perfectly into our family album. It’s OK to create a layout for fun. If I didn’t have photos of my nephews in their Halloween costumes, I wouldn’t have much of a reason to add to the Halloween section of my album. Yet, when I do have these costume photos, I don’t have the details to tell the real stories. So what’s an Aunt to do?

Then & Now to the rescue.

Rather than call my sister-in-law to see if she remembers details from Halloween in 2005 and 2010, I just looked at the photos and went with my instinct. By putting two photos that are five years apart on the same layout, you can take the focus away from the details about each individual photo and instead talk about what’s changed and what has stayed the same. I know just by looking at the photos that the little boys from five years ago are quickly turning into pre-teens and their costume selections show it!

This works well for me because my goal is not to “document” Halloween for my nephews (i.e. why they chose their costumes, who they went trick-or-treating with, and all the other details a Mom would want to include). I just want a fun Halloween page for my album.

This same strategy could work for cousin or family reunion photos that you want to scrapbook but just don’t feel compelled to share a deeper story. Take two photos that are several years apart and include some of the same people and see what you can come up with!

Other: American Crafts Boo collection paper, Little Yellow Bicycle Halloween journaling card, Making Memories journaling spots, 7 Gypsies 97% Halloween stickers, paper clip.

On a side note, I’m sure I don’t say this often enough but a super huge heart-felt thank you to everyone who takes the time to stop by and comment on my posts. I love reading your comments and emailing with you. There couldn’t be anything more rewarding than knowing something I’ve shared helped you solve a problem or generated an idea. So again, thank you so much for stopping by!

15 Comments

  1. This is definitely a great way to approach photos!
    I have an album set aside just for me with layouts I have created just because I wanted to 🙂 It is so fun to create those pages. And I love that scrapbooking can be so much more than “keeping up” or documenting the same things over and over 🙂

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  2. what a great layout and a great way to journal!

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  3. I love this approach and your page, Tammy! You mean I have to stop badgering my sisters for journaling? LOL! 🙂

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  4. So, so fun! I love the buttons and string scattered around the page, great movement.

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  5. What a fun layout & a great way to scrap a then & now Halloween page with fun products!

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  6. That is a great strategy! Right now, our son is grown and the youngest child in our extended family is 16. So it is fun to scrap family photos for no other reason than creating a page.

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  7. I don’t have kids either, but I support my little cousins in their activities from time to time. This frees me up from worrying about the details and filling in the “gaps!” Thanks for sharing this great approach!

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  8. That is true many times I have photos but do not know the real story behind them. Great idea!!

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  9. That’s an awesome idea. I have a terrible memory. I take the photos and don’t remember even being there, lol

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  10. you always have the best ideas! Love this 🙂

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  11. I love “Then & Now” layouts 🙂
    Perfect way to use these photo where you don’t know the details 🙂

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  12. Love this layout and the approach you took to the journaling and with the photos! I know exactly what you mean about emailing with our bloggy friends, it’s awesome!

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  13. I was pinning your layout and became a bit stumped! I usually write in the description why I pinned something, like “love the photos placement, love the buttons, etc” but I couldn’t pick why I loved it so I just wrote “love everything about this layout!” I am new to your blog, and I really love it. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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    • Oh, thanks so much Helen! I’m so glad you find my little corner of blog-land inspiring! That makes me want to keep on sharing. Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. My favorite kind of layout is one that compares with photos a few years apart. And I completely, whole-heartedly, unreservedly agree that it is okay to just scrap a page for fun. Yours is fab as well as fun!

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