31 Days: How Many Photos Is “Too Many?”

by Lain Ehmann on July 1, 2012

Today we’ve got the first in our month-long series answering your most critical, burning scrapbooking questions!

This short video answers a question from Ellie A about how many photos is “too many.” I weigh in with my opinion. Got comments or suggestions for Ellie? Feel free to chat away!

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P.S. Feel free to include your own questions below… Maybe I’ll answer it and you’ll WIN!

  • Ellie Augustin

    OH THANK YOU SOOO MUCH Darling! Ha.. Now I can tell my husband “See I won’t be scrapbooking our oldest son’s 8th grade graduation week until his HS one”  :) I am SO excited right now.. BBBIIG HUGS & Thank you much for your help!

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  • Dmeggison

    I just love your thought process Lain on this. I have a ton of photos of a production my son was in so I’ll be applying this strategy to them. Here’s my question: so many of my photos are from many (20 +) years ago, many of the details are fuzzy at best. How can I tell the story beyond the who, what, when and where because sometimes even those details are fuzzy?

  • Lynnette Nagle

    Here’s one for you…Not unlike most scrappers, I have an ever increasing amount of scraps in my scrap drawer.  I used to try and sort them by color, but found that was too overwhelming and just another chore. so now I just throw them in the drawer and move on.  Every once in a while I make a proclamation to ONLY use scraps on the next several layouts, but find I don’t stick with it when I see some 12×12 sheets winking at me!  What is  your best suggestion for really making a concentrated effort to use up those scraps?  Thanks, Lain.

  • Anniebear10

    Oh this series is going to be great. Thanks for the great ideas. I almost always have way too many pictures of one event now I know how to scrap them without needing to create a ton of pages.
    My question is: how to put two single page spreads of different events next to each in an album? I always do double page spreads because I’m afraid to put to single pages opposite each other. Can you make some suggestions how to over come this mental block.

    Mary Ann

  • Janet

    Lain -you are such a DOLL! I just purchased some TS3 classes and you provide SO much, what a VALUE!- so I am anxious for TS4…..woo hoo! October can’t come soon enough!
    Question: In your opinion, what is the ONE scrapbook page(layout) that every scrapper should complete, but yet we fail to complete???
     Anxious to hear (or see) your response on that one!

  • Iliana

    When does a hobby go too far?  How do you keep scrapbooking from becoming an unhealthy habit?  I find myself thinking about it ALL the time.  What I am going to get next ?  Is there a new video up?  How do I keep scrapbooking without becoming a hoarder of supplies or keep buying supplies?  I buy more than I make.

  • Jeannie L

    I’m a relatively new scrapper and I realized that I always have more than 4 – 5 photos which I’d like to scrap. As such, I tend to go for photo collages instead of printing out 4×6 and try to fit them in 1 12×12 page. Sometimes I have more photos and I do 2 page layouts still using photo collages. However, I don’t want the style of those 2 pages to look repetitive across the album. Do you have any suggestions on how I can get different looks?

  • Jodi R.

    Great question Lynnette!  I need to hear the answer to that one too. :)

  • Shari

    Oh, pick me….!!! I am a wanna be scrapper.  I have done maybe 25 double LO’s with a long way to go (my daughter is 17). My question is, how do you decide on an idea.  I know the pictures I want to scrap, and I have an idea of what I want my pages message to be.  It’s the colors, the embellishments, die cuts, etc. that I seem to have a problem getting together.  Funny you mentioned OCD in your last video…I may be that person.  I feel every page has to be perfect in every way.  I really can’t take another 17 years to scrapbook 25 pages or I will have to add my grandchildrens pages to that by then! HELP!

  • Sharilovestoscrap

    Lynnette, I think we all suffer from this.  I just wanted to share what worked for me.  I have a 12X12 tote and I filled it with 12×12 hanging file folders marked with each color or project name.  I keep it by my die cutting machines so I am forced to see it and look there first before I reach for a new sheet.  Also, by having files of projects, it helps me if I later decide to add something to a page, I know right were to find the paper I used.  I have been doing this method for awhile now and sill only using one tote.  Hope this helped and what a great question.

  • Lynne

    awesome! really great suggestions.

  • Margaret

    Thanks for TS3 purchased 4 classes and enjoyed all.  I have done scrapbooks for over 40 years but your enthusiasm is addicting.
    My question, ” how do you make copies of old vintage photos to share with other family members ?”
    Thanks for all the info and energy.

  • Lynn Mercurio

    How did I miss discovering that you were doing these in July?  I have a little catching up to do, but I’ll be on track soon.  Great information Lane.  You’re awesome.

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