It's easy to feel like you have to put as many photos on your layouts as possible. But I'm a big believer that in many cases, less is more.
In the page below, you'll see I used one picture, put it on a really chunky black matt, and then embellished around it.
Using one photo also creates an un-mistakable focal point on your layout.
Plus, when you're only scrapbooking one picture your page automatically feels more open. Having space on your page is a good thing!
By keeping the scrapbooking ideas that you incorporate on your pages simple, you can also actually save on supplies and start scrapbooking on a budget.
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When deciding on scrapbooking backgrounds I generally follow a simple formula:
1. The more colors and busyness of the photo/photos the more simple and plain the background needs to be.
2. The more plain and simple the photo/photos is, the crazier I can get with my scrapbook background.
A great example of where I've followed rule 2 would be in the image below.
You can see I have a simple image of young girls in a sepia color. The photo is plain, simple with minimal action.
The scrapbook backdrop is full mosaic, bursting with colors and activity. And as I'm sure you'll agree, the scrapbooking ideas shown in this layout just works!
Simple and uncluttered pages are generally the best approach to use for scrapbooking albums.
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When you get started making your page with scrapbooking supplies such as plain paper, card stock, photos or background, consider using shapes like the hearts on the pages below as a key element of your layout.
On this scrapbooking page I used love hearts and scattered them around the title and photo to add some action and color to the page!
This works well because the patterned paper on the background is pretty plain and simple.
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In creating the layout below, I used hanging hearts embellishments using heart cutouts and washi tape.
It took me about 10 minutes to create this effect but doesn't it look great?
Don't be afraid to get creative with your stash and think about how to use them in new, exciting, and creative ways to make an awesome interactive scrapbook page.