For a quick 12x12 layout, choose 1-2 photos. Cut a large block of pattern paper and adhere it to your cardstock. Layer a few embellishments on diagonal corners of the photos and just like that you are done. I had a lot of white space in the bottom section of my photos. I chose larger pieces of ephemera to hide it. While I could have cropped the photos down, layering items on the photo saved me quite a lot of time.
Pocket pages can also be a huge time saver. Take a look at the photos you wish to use and then choose a page protector that suits the orientation of most of the pictures. Cut 4x6 cards from a sheet of patterned paper. You can then easily use both sides to create the layout.Just slip the photos in place and spend a little bit of time embellishing the title card and journal cards.
I had originally intended to create a two page layout. However, using the pocket pages took a lot of the photo placement guesswork out of the equation. I also feel like I was able to add more journaling to accompany the photos.
I did add some bulky items to my pockets which made the cards want to slide out. Use a staple, brads or a bit of clear glue to keep cards in place.
Most of the items used in these layouts came from the September kits. I like to keep some neutral supplies on hand that I can mix in as needed. There are a variety of letters, chipboard elements, brads and stickers in the JBS Mercantile store which coordinate well with each month's kit. Today I used:
Creating with 4x6 photos and JBS Mercantile kits sure makes scrapbooking easy! What's your favorite size photo to work with? Join in on the discussion on the JBS Mercantile message board.