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You've already worked out that scrapbooking is awesome and are inspired by all the other amazing scrappers out there. However, it's really hard to decide what to place in a scrapbook when you first get started and still have your learning to scrapbook badge.
To help you make a start, here are some scrapbook ideas on what to set in a page and what to avoid.
Table Of Contents:
1. What to Put in a Scrapbook Page
a. Title or Words to Describe the Page
b. Include a Date
c. Use Stamps
d. Add Personal Touch
e. Use Memorabilia
2. What to Avoid
a. Avoid anything not Acid-free
b. Don't use Original Photos
c. Don't go overboard with Decorations
d. Don't include every single Photo
e. Avoid bulky Embellishments
3. Final Thoughts
Yes, scrapbooking is all about showcasing photographs in a creative way, but you also need the reader to understand what the photograph is about. Make sure to include either a title or some words explaining the page.
If you're a little stuck on the inspiration for a title, help can be found in our handy book, 10,000 Scrapbook Pages Titles.
Alternatively, a few notes in a journal-style will do a great job of adding some context to the photograph to help tell the whole story.
In the image below, the title and journaling are essential to telling the story behind these pictures.
Often a date or something indicating the ''when'' of the photograph is just as important as a title. I mean, a photograph of a couple getting married makes it obvious what is happening, but the date someone got married is an important piece of information for the viewer.
Not every page needs a date, but it's useful for major events such as birthdays, holidays, concerts, family dinners, etc. as well as on the title page. The cover page of a dance scrapbooking album below shows the year the photographs are taken to indicate the ''when'' of the story.
Make use of your stamps! They are an incredibly versatile scrapbooking tool for embellishing your scrapbooking pages. It doesn't matter if you use the older wooden-backed style or the newer clear stamps, they all look great at the end of the day.
Handwriting some notes or using beautiful handwritten script-style lettering for the page titles is a great way to really personalize your page.
It doesn't have to be perfect, the nature of handwriting something yourself makes for an authentic scrapbooking page.
Alternatively, if you love getting creative with drawing or coloring, incorporate this into your scrapbooking page either on the background or in a DIY embellishment.
The vintage-inspired scrapbooking layout below uses some handwritten lettering on a DIY printable label.
Wait! Now That You Know What To Put and What To Avoid In Your Layout, Then You'll Need To Start Working On Your Scrapbook Page....Let Me Show You...
♥How to START and FINISH a layout to perfection (so no more pushing things around on a page for hours and hours).
♥How to get your creative juices flowing again so you'll NEVER experience scrappers block again!
♥How to always have the perfect scrapbook layout for every occasion!
Using memorabilia such as ticket stubs, buttons or an old piece of vintage lace that used to belong to grandma is an amazing way to preserve your memories on the pages of your scrapbook.
Make sure if it's a paper-type piece of memorabilia like a ticket that you scan it and reprint it on acid-free paper. There is more about this in the ''what to avoid'' section further down!
The photo below is an example of some old-fashioned ticket stubs that have been scanned and reprinted onto acid-free paper.