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Encyclopedia of Scrapbooking
Creating Keepsakes

Encyclopedia of scrapbooking
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If you have only one book of scrapbooking to buy...

Outstanding Mini Albums:(Paperback)
Jessica Acs (Author)

Outstanding mini albums

Mini albums have become a popular medium for scrapbookers - they are small enough to complete in a timely manner but big enough to tell a story.

Features 50 albums with step-by-step instructions for over 30 projects - perfect for scrapbookers of all levels...


Make It in Minutes
Roxi Phillips (Author)

these mini-books are perfect for celebrating everything from holiday memories to childhood events

So many styles, so many reasons to make them! Whether they’re accordion folded, stitched together, ribbon-tied, or paper-punched and bound with binder rings...


A mini-photo album 8-page ... (Continued)

Mini-album finishedYou arrive to the last page dedicated to this 8-pages mini book photo album made ​​out of a a folded sheet of A4 photo paper...

The first page was dedicated to the sheet folding (1/3) and the second showed you how to build a grid (2/3) of pictures ...

Today you'll put our photos inside and print the photo sheet! Finally! As stated previously, we will work with Photoshop ... but you can use your usual image processing software: PhotoFiltre, PAINT SHOP PRO or PhotoImpact, their functions are all alike!


Before you begin

Your mini-book contains 8 small photo pages ... so you shall have 8 photo-files that you gather in the same directory which will avoid too comings and goings on your hard drive.

For me, I created the directory "WORK" in which I've put my 8 photos and the " A4 GRID " I use to put them.


1) Crop your photos!

The first task will be to eventually crop your photos ... Probably do you want only portraits? Use the rectangular selection tool in Photoshop or even the Crop tool.

A tip : to crop photos with the rectangular marquee tool, I chose from the top menu of options for this tool the fixed proportions style with L = 6.8 and H = 9.5. Thus, my selections will be proportional to these values ​​... and "fit" well within the grid boxes !


Options rectangular selection tool

- Open the pictures one after another ... 
- Select the useful part (do not worry about the actual dimensions) and then do Image> Crop.


Your photos have now the right proportions.

Cropping photos

All photos remain open in Photoshop, ready to be placed in the A4-grid .


2) Photos layout

Now open your file GrillePhotoA4.psd and do: Image> Image rotation> 90 degrees CW. This will simplify the placement of images.

Check in the window layer that your image is in the layer 0 ... if not, rename the layer.

Drag the first cropped image on GrillePhotoA4:

Place the first image


new layer appears in the layers: Layer 1. Click on the layer,hold down the click and drag it  below the layer 0...


Window Layers

Your first image is now under the grid ... It only remains to resize and place it. Take the move tool.

Press CTRL+T: the resizing handles appear: Hold down the shift key and pull the handles to change the size of the image. Leave it a bit larger than a square in the grid!

Resize image

When finished, drag the image to put it at her place... That's it for this picture!

First Image place

You have to finish the bottom row ... Before turning down the image: Image> Image rotation> 180 ° and place your second row of pictures ...

In this picture, the first picture is coming to be resized.

Treatment of the second row

Complete the lay out of your images ... and when it's done, print your A4 sheet of photos.

Placement of photos completed

3) Add titles and journaling ...

If you want, look on page 1 and page 8 ... (See map HERE) and add a title, a date ... or anything that personalizes your work!

Add journaling to the mini album

4) Print your work

If possible, print your GrillePhotosA4 without additional margins on glossy photo paper ... Then do the folding and ... flip through your mini-book!

Mini books completed