I recently recorded an episode of our members-only podcast with Cathy Caines, who shared a fun idea. She’s printing a collection of her favorite photos layout-sized, to be used as the background for upcoming scrapbook pages.

I love this intentional design choice and how it really elevates the importance of the photo. I have used this technique on a variety of pages over the years and have enjoyed the result. It’s a fun way to get out of my creative habits and see page composition a little differently.

Using a Photo as the Background for a Scrapbook Page

As you browse through this pages, take note of the use of white space as the focal point for embellishment in each photo.

This page began with a challenge to paint on a photo. The perfectionist in me shuttered, but I did it and I love the result.

Using a Photo as the Background for a Scrapbook Page

My layouts tend to be uncomplicated in structure, but I enjoyed the 3+ hour investment into this page.

Using a Photo as the Background for a Scrapbook Page

I cured my nerves about scrapbooking on the photo by creating the patterned paper column separately and then adhering it.

Using a Photo as the Background for a Scrapbook Page

When cropping this photo, I purposefully placed the subject on the left one-third line to allow space for embellishment.

Using a Photo as the Background for a Scrapbook Page

Note how the photos chosen for these layouts trend towards the casual and unposed.

Using a Photo as the Background for a Scrapbook Page

I will never paint the white wall in my kitchen. It is a scrapbooker’s perfect backdrop.

Using a Photo as the Background for a Scrapbook Page

Have you ever used a photo as your scrapbook page background? Leave a comment (and an image if you like) sharing your experience with this technique.