Turn one photo into many

by Katie Pertiet Posted on December 10, 2009

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Are you concerned that you don’t have enough pictures to make a photo book? Perhaps you didn’t take as many as you would have liked? Or maybe you only have a few favorites? Don’t let that stop you from creating a keepsake to treasure. Instead, look at your photos with different eyes. Think about all the different ways you can crop your photo and extend one photo into 2, 3 or even four! It’s easy, really!

Take, for instance, this photo of our granddaughter.

For the main photo I cropped out some of the blanket and backdrop.

To add additional photos to the page I then cropped in on her little face and a second on her tiny toes. Giving me three photos for the one page.

You could put each of those photos on their own pages too!

So, don’t let your pictures limit your memory making. Creating photobooks preserves these moments that can never be replaced. Don’t let too few photos get in your way!

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  1. AnnAbbott Says:

    I have done this. I had seven photos of my son and my friend’s great granddaughter and I was sad that I could not make a full book. However, I did it just by cropping into details of the photograph and making two page spreads of the two together. Easy simple and to the point…that makes the best books.

    Here it is.. Check it out http://community.shutterfly.com/gallery/post/start.sfly?postId=/gallery/1/post/GMGDBg4atXLlqzYA7tAlha

  2. Earl J Says:

    This has very creative and practical ideas, Katie. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Joey Says:

    Really great tips Katie! I wish I would have seen this before I did a book of my Sister-in-law and brother’s puppy in her Santa outfit. She had 20 pictures and one was from her cellphone so I had to use a small layout for that photo and I put a message with it. I wanted to do a couple two-page spreads that I learned from Ann, but it was not working. I could have cropped in more on her sweet face, but i didn’t think of it al the time. I added text on some pages and the rest I put one photo per page.
    Thanks for sharing these. Next book I’ll remember it! I hope!

  4. rsheedy Says:

    I love this idea; it seems I never have exactly the right number of photos. I love the photo of your sweet granddaughter…such a cutie! :)

  5. Tiffany M Says:

    Awe… your grandbaby is precious. And this technique is very smart! Great tip that I will use!

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Katie is the owner and founder of www.DesignerDigitals.com. Her layouts have been published in Creating Keepsakes, Simple Scrapbooks, Memory Makers, Legacy, and BHG Scrapbooks Etc. Katie also designs products for Autumn Leaves and Creativity, and licenses her designs in the home decor market.

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