Fix So-So Photos

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Problem: Distracting Clutter

Design by Jen Lessinger.

Fix: Tight cropping & creative use of accents
This photo of Jen Lessinger's son and grandma captured a tender moment between the two but was marred by an overly busy background. Jen used basic scrapbooking skills to crop the image and remove much of the distraction, and then she cleverly hid one spot with a hand-cut swirl that links the photo and page.

TIP: Pre-plan crops by ordering a print larger than you think you'll need, or ask your lab to crop the image during the printing process. You also can crop your shot into a shape -- try a circle or oval -- but make sure the shape matches your message.

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Sources Patterned paper: A2Z Essentials. Font: Futura. Stickers: American Crafts. Chipboard letters, acrylic paint: Making Memories. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Binder clip: Target.

Continued on page 4:  Problem: Person Interrupting Scene


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