One-Photo Wonders: Scrapbook Pages With One Photo

by Alayne Kerbert

Scrapbooking is a fun way to document and relive moments that bring meaning to our lives. And scrapbook pages with one photo often capture a moment better than scrapbook pages containing multiple images.

Sometimes moments seem insignificant when they are happening, but when we travel back in time via our camera roll, we quickly realize that small moments shape us just as much as the big moments do. And some of them are just as sweet, if not sweeter!

It’s great to have a variety of photos to choose from, but sometimes the sheer volume of photos we have can prevent us from scrapbooking special moments. We get overwhelmed.

Conversely, we may feel like the one photo we do have from an event or memory is not worthy of a scrapbook page. Not so!

In either case, many moments are captured and expressed most perfectly in a single photo. Additionally, creating a scrapbook layout around a single image gives us more room to tell the story by adding captions, journal entries, and layers of gorgeous papers and embellishments. 

When should I create a single photo scrapbook page instead of using multiple photos?

  • If I have a photo that really stands out from all the others
  • I only have one photo, but I want to share the story behind it
  • When the addition of more photos becomes a distraction instead of an enhancement
  • Whenever I have several photos from the event, but they don’t work well together
  • Anytime I have lots of fun embellishments that work perfectly with a photo and I want to create a masterpiece! 

    What are some situations when scrapbook pages with one photo are a better choice than multiple photos?

    • Milestone moments such as weddings, new baby, first day of school, etc
    • Honoring  an important person in your life
    • Featuring a group of people
    • Showcasing a special place or experience
    • Brief moments in time that capture a personality or tell a story within a story
    • As an introductory scrapbook page to pages containing multiple images from an event.

      How do I choose THE perfect photo for a scrapbook page?

      If you only have one photo from a moment or event... problem solved! But if you're like most people, your phone is overflowing with photos. From what we ordered for breakfast to the shoe that the dog chewed up, every imaginable moment of life is chronicled on our phones -- from multiple angles! You don't need therapy, you need a process for narrowing photos down (says the author of this blog post who has 9,381 photos on her phone.) We can do it! 

      1. View your photos on a larger screen than your phone.

      The reason we don't remove photos from our phones is simple. We can't see them! Not well, anyway. Viewing photos on a computer monitor or tablet allows you to differentiate photos. 

      2. Flag the best photos as favorites by adding a 💙 or ⭐. 

      Choose the photo that you think captures the moment best. If you like more than one, that's great! You'll be happy with either of them in your scrapbook layout. Don't over-think it. 😉

      3. Delete photos that don't thrill you. 

      4. (Optional) Decide what to do with the rest of your photos.

      Depending on the method you use to back up your photos, deleting photos from your phone may or may not automatically delete them from your backup as well. Check out these articles to be sure. Please note that they are included for convenience. We have not tested their instructions. 

      Here are some of our favorite one-photo wonders created by past and present members of our Creative Team. We hope you find them as inspiring as we do. After all, this is the stuff life is made of, so why not celebrate it?





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