The Basic Ingredients for Eye-Catching Scrapbooking Page Layouts

Published: 03rd June 2010
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A scrapbook hobby can be a fun and enjoyable experience. However, for anyone new to putting together scrapbooking page layouts, it can be difficult to know just where to begin. To get started, it's helpful to know exactly what goes into creating a good page. There are certain elements that most scrapbookers use over and over to create their layouts. These elements include the photographs, background paper, accent paper and embellishments, page title, and journaling.

Let's start off by talking about the photos to be used on your layout. Usually, each layout consists of one or more photos. For most layouts featuring multiple pictures, there should be something that ties the pictures together in a meaningful way. They may have been taken as a party or during a holiday gathering. Maybe the subject of the photos is the same. The snapshots can be used as they are, or they can be cropped.

After selecting the snapshots to be used in your layout, it's time to pick out the card stock or paper that will be used as the background for your page. To select the background paper, look at the photos for inspiration. Is there a color that seems to pop out at you? If so, it may be a good choice to base the color scheme of your page on.

Before making the final decision about background paper, decide what accent papers and embellishments you want to use. Accent paper and cardstock can be used to make borders for your layout, as mats for your photos, and to make die cuts to embellish your page. Additional embellishments may include stickers, stamps, tags, clips, eyelets, and other details.

In addition to these, accent papers can also be used to create a title for your scrapbooking layout. You can also use stickers, stamps, or even your own handwriting to create the title. The title tells what the page is about - it can be the name of the person in the photographs, a short quote, or a simple saying.

In addition to the title and pictures used in the layout, you may want to provide written details or commentary about the subject of the layout. This is commonly referred to as journaling. Journaling can be handwritten or typed. It can take center stage along with the photos, or be hidden under another element on the page.

Using these components, it's simple to put together scrapbooking page layouts that are both fun to make and a joy to share.


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