Picking a theme for your page
Once you're organised, it's time to browse some simple scrapbook ideas or think about what you might want to create a page on.
This can be literally anything – your last family holiday, a wedding, your children's first days at school. Whatever you decide, it's important to have a clear understanding of what the page should convey in terms of theme and emotion. Then you can decide whether you want to keep the page sweet and simple with just photos, titles and memorobilia, or if you would like to add some extra sentiment by journaling your thoughts, feelings and memories about this theme.
Now you can begin thinking of what embellishments you would like to use, which are little features that can bring a page to life with their quirky, colourful or otherwise interesting characteristics.
A good example of an embellishment is a button or ribbon. Once you have some good scrapbook ideas and know what and how you would like to embellish your page, you are ready to sketch your layout. You can do this on a plain piece of A4 and roughly draw what photo, title, journaling and embellishment will go where. Planning your page means that you will have a clearer idea of where things will go once you move on to the real page. It also means you'll never find yourself in a position where you've got no room left for any kind of journal entries (this used to happen to me regularly!)