Scrapbook Page Layout Ideas
Whether you are an expert scrapbooker or just beginning, coming up with page layouts — and ultimately book layouts — for your photos can seem like a daunting task. When I first started, I was thinking, "How do I put together a page? What colors should I use? How much is too much?"
Laying out the first page might be the hardest part of the whole project. After some planning and the making of the first page, the rest will fall into place, picture by picture. Don't think too much, let your imagination run wild, and have fun with it. The possibilities are truly endless.
Note: For this article, when I reference a page layout, I'll be referring to a two-page layout for the sake of flow, consistency, and visual appeal of the finished product.
The Basics of Building a Scrapbook Page:
Before even starting to create layouts and place photos it's always a good idea to follow these few basic steps.
- Plan first: Get everything out and spread them on your flat working surface. Look through your photos and papers to see what you have to work with. Planning will give you a better idea of what you have and how you can use them in your layout.
- Pick a theme: Looking at your photos pick a theme for your scrapbook. The theme can relate to events or places in your photos.
- Arranging photos: Now that you have a theme it's time to start planning how you want to arrange your photos. However, I'd advise not sticking anything down just yet. You might want to change your mind before you finish the layout. There are many ways to arrange your photo's. Mix and match the photos on the page to find the best layout before sticking anything down permanently.
- Adding other elements: Adding embellishments, stickers, titles, ect, is a great way to continue telling the story. When placing these elements be sure that each one relates to the layout in someway. Repeat shapes, colors, and common designs through the layout to provide consistency and balance. Repetition will also tie the entire book together, making one cohesive "story".
Page Layout Tips:
These starter tips will help you create a finished look for your layouts as well as bring your photos and pages together as one unit. Remember there are always exceptions to every rule and your photos, page elements, and personal preferences will help you determine just how you format your individual layouts.
- Using an odd number of embellishments or photos creates a better visual impact on your pages and draws the eye to the whole page as well as gives your layout a more finished look. (sets of 3's, 5's and 7's are most common for embellishment numbers).
- Creating layers on your pages will not only help bring colors and patterns together, but it will create a border and give your page a textured effect.
- Alignment and placement of everything on your page should have a visual connection. This means that you shouldn't place things so far away from the focal point of your page that it doesn't connect in some way.
- Likewise items relating to each other should be placed close together so they become one visual unit rather than several separate units. You want your pages to flow and come together as one visual and appealing unit, rather than separate units and photos combined on one page.
The photos you're trying to put together will help you in your quest to find the right layout for your book. Here are just a few examples of photo inspired layouts.
- Fun photos--Inspire layouts that are irregular (meaning slanted pages, and accents), have catchy sayings, and bright bold colors
- Family vacation photos--Layouts that consists of three photos to a page, telling the story of your vacation. Color palette comes from the photos or vacation destination.
- Baby book--Layouts that include such things as locks of hair, footprints, and designs of trains, rattles, and the like in pastels. Scrapbooking a baby album is a way to preserve your babies important milestones in a new and fun way.
Not every page layout is going to look the same, however using a similar color palette will bring all the pages and photos together. Usually I will draw my colors from the photos I plan on putting on the pages, however on occasion I have chosen colors that fit the theme of my book. For example, in my wedding album I'm using lots of reds, black, white, and silver papers. However, I am also incorporating pieces of brown and blue which happen to be the colors of our wedding.
Scrapbooking kits can be a blast to work with. They come with papers, stickers, accents, layout ideas, and a book to put your pages in. These are great for beginners as they have everything you need in one kit. If you are struggling with layout ideas they are a great starter tool.
Although everything comes as one package there is still room for imagination as new papers and accents can be added to what you already have. By no means are theses kits all inclusive. They are meant to help and be a guide for your completed project.
Scrapbooking is a great way to personalize and remember family vacations, the birth and milestones of your children, or any assortment of photos you may have. You don't have to be overly creative to make a professional looking scrapbook. There are many kits and websites that can help you in your quest to creating the perfect design layout for your scrapbook.
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