Lately I have become a little obsessed with printing oversized photos and including those in my albums. I simply haven’t been crafting as frequently as I’d like to and began “batch printing”. I decided that I wanted the photos printed. If I had the photos printed, then sometimes the stories are already told. As I declutter and cull my digital photos each month, I am sending a batch of photos to my local printing shop, Newfoundland Canvas. However, because I am currently printing in advance, I was picking out a couple of my favourites from each month and blowing them up to 8×11”. Practically every other photo is printed in 3×4 so that the option of plopping photos in a “wham, bam, thank you ma’am” style pocket page is there. I will tell you though that I typically print from home, in fact, the two 8.5×11” photos you see in today’s projects are actually printed at home. When I have a toddler racing around or I am waiting in the dance school parking lot, it’s just as easy for me to send those photos off to the experts to print – plus, their quality of printing is completely unmatched. (Honestly, they ship anywhere in Canada and it’s worth it) So, here I am with a couple oversized photos. In this first one “play”, you can easily see why I went down that playful road – how fun would it be to be 7 again? I had a monthly story kit from Ali Edwards called Laugh on my desk so I took embellishments from that kit and brought this photo to life. There’s no journaling but I really feel that the story is there. Not many words needed. My second layout, “Light”, worked in a different way because I wanted to include some additional pictures. This story spans 3 days and it’s tough to sum it up in one photo. But here I am doing it. I’ve now done this several times and I am really loving the idea of layering photos on top of oversized photos. It feels like I am rebelling… kind of like when I don’t have a title in a layout… come to the dark side with me, my friends!
I’d love to see your layouts whether oversized or not! Be sure to tag me @cathycaines and @csmscrapbooker !
Until next time,
Cathy Caines, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator
2013-14, 2017, 2018 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Member
2014-Present Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Blogger
2017-Present Simple Scrapper Creative Team Member
2020-21 Ali Edwards Guest Story Teller
St. John’s, Newfoundland Labrador