Titles set the tone of your pages and bring everything on your page together to create a strong theme.
Like most scrappers, when I started I would get so excited about choosing the right photos and embellishments, but would only give a little thought to the words on my pages.
Most of my titles were handwritten ones and were located at the top of the pages.
Now, after dreaming up thousands of scrapbook title ideas, I realize that having the right words on your page is the key to a beautifully crafted page...
So if you're new to scrapping or just looking for fresh scrapbook ideas, here are five tips to help you express yourself in words on your pages.
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Instead of writing out certain words, I shorten them with hyphens.
For example, "birthday" becomes "b-day". I also use actual numbers instead of the spelling of numbers.
Here are some ideas about the placement of a title that I use when I'm working on a scrapbooking page:
♥ Use one title for a spread, rather than giving titles for each page.
♥ Place vertical lettering alongside large photos.
♥ If a page contains square matting, then place the title in the bottom outside corner.
♥ For pages with circles and ovals, curve the title around a portion of the largest circle or oval on the page.
♥ When using sticker words or phrases as a title, create a sticker title frame around the center photo.
Once I decide on the location of a title, I then choose how I want to position the letters. Sometimes, if I want my title pages to be horizontal, I will purposely slant my letters a little to the left or right while keeping my photos straight.
This gives the page title a special look and it stops me from feeling as though I need to be a perfectionist and line up each letter just so.
If I have a title that's in a corner, I'll usually slant it a little. If it's a 4-letter word, such as love, then I'll place the letters in a block form with L-O on top and V-E on the bottom.
The choices of material for scrapbooking titles are endless! Here are some ideas that I enjoy using:
♥ Letter rubber stamps of various sizes
♥ Letter die-cuts
♥ Card stock
♥ Patterned scrapbook paper
♥ Letters from a magazine
♥ Foam letters
♥ Sticker letters
♥ Using a pretty font, type a title on a clear label
It is important to give your page headlines some texture, that's why foam letters, stickers, and magazine cutouts are my go-to materials for making page headlines as they give an extra layer of dimension to your title pages.
Add sequins to the first letter of the page title. If using letter rubber stamps, allow extra space in between each letter. Then use glitter glue and draw squares or circles around each letter. This technique is perfect for a birthday page!
For "girly" scrapbook pages, I sometimes will cut a fabric flower to fit around the outside edge of the first and last letter of the title. For a boy's page, I've cut out letters from sandpaper for a cool look and texture.
In the example below, I've cut out the letters of my title with a craft knife and then used what would normally go in the trash as the title block! This layout leaves plenty of room for journaling or additional quotes.
Experiment with your scrapbooking titles.
I tend to try out a few different titles for my scrapbook pages and settle for what compliments my photos best.
If you're designing scrapbooking page titles for those that have flowers, cut out simple leaves.
Mat each title letter onto a leaf. If you feel that a page doesn't have a lot of colors, then make a bright bold title or use a different color for each letter.
Thinking of scrapbooking titles is a lot of fun. The more you attempt new and different ideas, the more creative your headlines will become.
And before you know it, you'll be creating catchy scrapbook page titles one after another!
Here's where to find the best scrapbook quotes for your pages.
This is fairly basic, but something so many people overlook.
We've all seen tons of page titles with a template of (names then event) like, "Julia's Piano Recital", "Annie's Dance Exhibition", and "Colby's Soccer Game".
Take note of other elements that you can use for your scrapbook page title. Where was the event held? What was it called? How about the date or season of the event?
A simple journaling can also help tell the story or theme behind your photos.
If Annie's dance theme for this year was "All That Jazz", consider making that the album title instead of stating the obvious. There's just something much catchier and more appealing about "All That Jazz" as the title.
The same goes for Colby's Soccer Game. How much more enticing does, "Boys' State Semifinals Soccer Tournament" for a title sound?! Or even "Spring Soccer 2017"?! Sometimes it's just nice to switch things up with your page titles.
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Imagine you're looking through a friend's scrapbook album. Which is more likely to capture your attention— "Brittany's Party", or "Brittany's Birthday Bash"?! Probably the second one. Incorporating alliteration is fairly simple, but it definitely helps your page stand out.
For example, if you and a few friends went to a concert, you can cut out letters or the ticket number from your ticket stubs, or if you have an old tape of the band, you can use the album cover of the tape or CD and cut out the name of the band and song title and use them to make your scrapbook album title.
If you're scrapping a wedding, you could use your place card as a title for your page and attach the cloth sample that came in with your invitation to show the color theme of the wedding.
Threw a birthday party recently? Why not place bits and pieces of the wrappers from the gifts you received? Free materials are everywhere if you're scrapping with an open mind.
We collect so much from wherever we go, from tickets to free brochures to postcards. This is just another way to make use of those items and take your title pages to the next level!
For birthday parties, you can use puns like, "Piece of cake" or "Lettuce celebrate". Of course, it all depends on what photos you have.
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