hodge-podge noun – a heterogenous mixture; jumble

Yep, that’s sums up most of my pages. I am one of those people that feels like if there are less than 3 pictures on a page then I have wasted the page. So I always end up seeing how many photos I can get on a page. It truly is amazing how you can tilt photos to get just one more onto a page.

This also happens to me a lot (especially on Disney pages) when I only have 1 or 2 photos on a topic. I try to smush them all together. I am here to tell you it can be done and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.

Lately I have discovered 2 things that have enabled me to do this more and more. In the end this allows me to save space in my albums and more importantly I save money since I will be printing fewer pages.

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Tip 1: Page Templates with Defined Areas

When you look at templates try to look for ones with clusters of photos.  That way each cluster can be a topic. Here is an example by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs.  Each film strip could be it’s own topic.

Fiddle Dee Dee - Fuss Free Templates Preview
Fiddle Dee Dee - Fuss Free Template Example

And what’s even better is Scrapping with Liz has come out with templates specifically for multi-topic pages. Thanks Liz!

Here are 2 pages I created using these template.

Scrapping with Liz - 2 in 1 Triangle Template Preview
Disney Scrapbook Page Layout - Beach Club Villas Stormalong Bay and Magic Kingdom Crystal Palace Breakfast with Winnie the Pooh and Friends
Disney Scrapbook Page Layout - Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse using Village Spice Kit by Capturing Magical Memories

Tip 2: Two Page Layouts

Two page layouts make it easy to get multiple topics or large number of photos on a spread. Just seeing how the pages ties together gives you a lot of flexibility. You can move photos easily around and even have topics overlap the pages. Here is an example I made using a template by Little Green Frog Designs (retired).

Hope these ideas give you the inspiration to try and max out those pages with photos and memories. I promise to some day create a page with 1 photo but until then enjoy my hodgepodge!

Little Green Frog Designs - Doubled Over Templates Preview
Disney Scrapbook Page Layout - Miscellaneous Walt Disney World Photos