Choosing Your Scrapbook Layouts
Scrappers typically prefer for other scrappers to create their own layouts. While they do share their own designs, or even sell scrapbook layouts, they tend to expect those who use them to give it their own flair and simply draw ideas from it. These are shared to serve as inspiration, allowing your creativity to grow and get your gears turning. Personally, I love to use ideas from books, magazines and websites to transform my own layout into something spectacular. Typically, you’ll find that your themes are different, and there are many other differences that are made clear as you peruse the forums or check out idea books. You will almost certainly use different paper, embellishments and tags, and of course, journaling. You will always put your own personal spin to a page. I get some of my best ideas from scrapbook layouts Singapore.
A layout is simply the way that you arrange everything on your page. The photos, embellishments, journaling and memorabilia are all given their own special spot on your chosen background. It can be pretty time consuming to layout your photos and everything on your papers. I know I’ve spent hours in the past piecing everything together carefully, rearranging them to find the best way to display everything without muddling the overall theme and story. I have a few go-to strategies that I use to create pretty layouts that are great for any theme.
Base it on Photos
Rather than basing your layout on your theme, you should base it on your photos! You need to have a layout that is suited to the size of your photographs, as well as their shape and the size of your album’s pages. Themed layouts can make for some amazing inspiration, and you may find yourself doing designs you never would have thought of. However, attempting to recreate an 8.5x11 themed page with a single large portrait-style photograph when you have a 12x12 page and three landscape photographs is not going to work well. Seek inspiration from layouts that share the same number of elements, even if they aren’t the same type of elements.
Classics are Great
I have always loved a good, classic layout. A quadrant page is a versatile and classic one that works great for four elements. They are simple to recreate while adding your own flair and themes. In a quadrant page, the sheet is divided up into four sections, or quads. Each one can contain their own element. With a quadrant page, you can organize these four squares in whatever manner you want. They can be vertical and horizontal, offset or perfectly aligned. It is all up to you. This is one of my tried-and-true layouts that I’ve found can be pulled off no matter what. The versatility in this is crazy! You can use four of the same elements, or mix it up with a couple photographs, a tag and a journaling piece. Once you discover how easy it to create such a layout design, you won’t be struggling with finding ways to create a beautiful 4-element layout.
Two Page Layouts
Don’t fear creating layouts that have more than a single page. Two pagers are a lot of fun and offer a lot more potential than a single page! They match and flow together across the pages, offering scrappers the ability to use even more photographs, embellishments and journaling entries. There are some go-to tips that can allow you to create a beautiful two-page layout without much trouble. First, treat it like it is a single, large scrapbook page. You can take one big 12x24, or whatever size, page and arrange your photos, embellishments, journaling, titles and other items across it as you please. Once you’re done, simply take your cutter and slice right down the center. Yes, even through photos and embellishments. Just remember to avoid cutting faces in half, and to adhere the items back onto the paper. With two pagers, aim to create a balanced layout. You can do this with symmetry or with asymmetry. You can use magazine pages for inspiration in how to create these balances if you find yourself struggling with it. These types of layouts are fantastic for telling a story about a trip, vacation or other larger tales that have plenty of photos and points of interest. Don’t use them for single snapshots or smaller stories, as they can get lost in the background.
These are just some of the many tips I have about scrapbook layouts. If you have any suggestions, you are welcome to comment below and share them with me and other readers!