To mount your photos can be as simple or complex a
process as you want it to be. You
can glue your photos directly onto your pages with nothing extra, or for a more
professional look, mount them. Put
them on a coordinated background or object. Some formal poses look best with a double or triple complex
mount (multiple frame/background layers).
Remember we never make mistakes in scrapbooking; we make fixable
For simple mounting, cut coordinated colored
cardstock or scrapbook papers just a little larger than the actual photo.
You can use decorative scissors, paper cutters or complete cutting
systems that are available most anywhere you find scrapbook supplies.
Once you have a shape of plain cardstock or paper that is slightly
larger than your photo, you will need to glue your photo onto it.
This is called mounting. Then
glue your mounted photo directly onto your page.
For a more complex mount, you can cut out several
shapes of coordinating colors making each one larger than the last.
Starting with the largest shape, glue each successively smaller
shape on top of the other. Glue your photo at the very top and glue the whole set to
your page. These are
especially beautiful for wedding or formal photos.
Another popular mounting method is to cut out
frame openings and mount the picture under the frame, showing through the
opening. You can buy
pre-printed frames or make your own on the computer.
I usually make my own. Check out our frame sets on Princesscrafts.com.
Lay your mounted photos out on your pages before
you glue them. This will give
you an idea of how it will look. You
can arrange and re-arrange to your hearts content.
Treat each photo as a project all its own. The quality of your albums will live on it the hearts of
future generations so keep that in mind on your less creative days.