If you have a template with four picture places and you have five photos, add a space. If you have six picture places and only five photos, remove one. If the page faces the wrong way for your photos, flip it. If the photo spaces are landscape and you need portrait, rotate the template. The rules for templates are just like in the movie “Fight Club”: Rule 1 – There are no rules.
Here are some examples of ways that I’ve customized some layout templates to fit my needs.
For this example, I adjusted the photo spaces to suit my needs:
My final example involves a substitution for the two larger photos with one larger one and a simple rotation.
Another way to make templates work for you rather than against you is to switch things up a little – photo frames do not have to hold photos. They can hold embellishments or papers or be completely substituted with a large title or another embellishment. Blended paper pieces can be used for photos. Remember the first rule of templates? There are no rules!
It would be super easy to make a quick album following these ideas. I find multi-photo templates are wonderful if I’m making a travel album and want to keep my pages similar but not identical. With a simple rotation or flip, I have a cohesive album with little fuss! This is a great hint for granny’s brag albums, too!
On a final note, don’t limit yourself to just single pages either. Double pagers are easily customized by adding two singles together and adjusting as required.
In these examples I didn’t add or remove anything, just rotated and flipped until the pages were balanced and I had space for journaling and a title. These could be a great starting place for next year’s Project 52!
Have some fun! Mix things up a bit! Embrace templates and let them unleash your creativity, not fight it. And if you get stuck, refer back to Rule 1.