Scrapbook Sunday: Create a Digital Photo Collage

Make your own photo collages in photoshop. Get the full post over at www.aBeautifulMess.comI love the look of a grid of photos, so I decided to print them out in the same format as I would arrange them if I were to stick them into a page protector full of squares. I then went a step further and altered the collage to give it a little more depth than just a sheet of paper. As a girl that never does digital scrapbooking, this was a fun way to create a hybrid page of digital work and tactile work to get something I was happy with.

To keep it simple, I chose to use only Instagram photos so I didn’t have to think about cropping and resizing my DSLR into squares. I went to my Instagram page on my laptop and clicked on each individual photo that I wanted to incorporate into this page. Then I took a screen grab and opened it up in Photoshop. I hit the crop icon and went up to the top bar to make sure the 1:1 ratio was set to get a square crop. Then I cropped my screen grab so that I was only getting the square photo. I knew I wanted to print onto an 8.5″ x 11″ photo sheet, so I adjusted the image size of each photo to be 2.7 inches wide (and subsequently high) and saved it. I repeated this process for all twelve of the images I thought I’d like to use.

Next, I created a new image in Photoshop that was 8.5″ x 11″ to mimic the size of my photo paper. I then clicked on my first photo, hit ‘Select All’, then hit ‘Copy’, and then clicked on my new image and hit ‘Paste’. I moved it to one corner and then created a new layer for the next image I wanted to add. I brought each image over and played around with the placement until I was happy. Then I merged my layers. Then I printed it out and cropped my edges so that I had an even amount of white on all four sides.

Photo Collage 1I liked how it looked but wanted to give it more depth, so I cut out three photos that I was okay with losing. If you’re thinking ahead on this part, you could just leave those sections blank in the first place. Use an X-Acto knife and ruler to get crisp edges.

Create a photo collage in photoshop and add embellishments for a little more dimension. Get the full post over at www.aBeautifulMess.comThen I filled in those squares with patterned cards in two sections and used a stamp to create a pattern in the center square. For even more dimension, I cut out a felt heart using the ABM wool felt and stapled a plastic alpha onto another square so that they overlapped the squares just a bit. Then I added a few stickers on top of other squares as well as some journaling. My page was complete! This will go in a page protector but you could also leave room on your edge for a hole punch if you like to keep some pages out in the open.

Fun Photo CollageI did the same thing with this page but with larger photo sizes. These Instagram images were sized to 3.75″ square and then printed out. I didn’t do as much to these because I wanted the colors to stand out. I just cut the photo collage so that there were no white edges and adhered it onto another piece of scrapbook paper. I used the chipboard from January’s Messy Box for my title and added a little journaling with a Sharpie for a bolder look. It was super easy and a great way to get more of my images from my phone printed off and into my album.

Make a collage in PhotoshopPhoto Collage in PhotoshopIt’s so fun to always experiment with new ways to create a layout, but I also like sticking to some tried and true layouts to keep the process enjoyable. This was kind of the best of both worlds for me. Happy scrapbooking! –Rachel

Credits//Author and Photography: Rachel Denbow. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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