For example, choose one or two photos to use for the layout.
Mat the photos by using a basic template, such as an oval shape or rectangular shape. Mat a square piece of stock paper for journaling. Using letter rubber stamps, create a title for the page. Embellish with stickers and confetti.
Think in terms of a grid
Remember the game of tic tac toe? Create a grid by using two complimentary solid colors of scrapbooking paper for the background.
You should have four squares of one color and five squares of the other color. Place a matted photo in the center of the grid and two smaller matted photos in the upper and lower square to the right. Use the upper left square for your title and the lower left square for journaling. Embellish the other empty squares with die-cuts, stickers, flowers or other small items that you typically enjoy using for your scrapbooks.
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Simple, but elegant
A common layout quite often used for scrapbooks can be created by using a solid dark background with a lighter background for the top quarter of the page.
Use stick-on letters to create the title at the top of the page (on the lighter background paper). Using a square template, crop and mat three photos, all the same size. Equally space two of the photos about an inch or two from the bottom of the page. Center and overlap the third photo above the other two. Use the empty space on the page for journaling and embellishments. Keeping this concept in mind, you can arrange the photos diagonally or to the left or right of the page.
Highlight one photo
Have a photo that deserves a page of its own? Begin by using a patterned background that ties in with the photo. Adhere a 5×7 matted photo center right.
Highlight one photo on your page
Horizontally beneath the photo, adhere a wide ribbon. In the center of the ribbon glue a strip of contrasting rick rack. Using a layered label template, make a template for the center of the ribbon. Print a few words on the label to describe the photo. This layout can be used for scrapbooks with most any theme. It's an effective way to bring attention to a photo, yet is very quick to do.
Create a unique background
Scrapbooking paper is typically used for backgrounds in scrapbooks. However, if you use different material for a background, it adds a special touch to your layout.
For Christmas layouts, try using a piece of foil. Making a layout of your flower girl? Use a piece of floral material as the background. Did your child win the spelling bee contest? Make the background out of dictionary pages. Because you want attention drawn to the backgrounds, the rest of the layout can be kept simple. Add a photo or two, journaling, and a title.
Focus on the title
For a fun scrapbook layout, draw attention to the title.
Use a solid background. Create a title that will run vertically on the page. Make the letters big enough to fill up at least half of the length of the page. Use a color that will pop against the background. Using cardstock, adhere a rectangle that is shorter than the title, to the middle right of the page. Adhere two matted photos that slightly overlap each other and overlap the cardstock. Journal in the empty areas of the cardstock. If you tend to create scrapbooks that have more than one theme, this layout is a good way to move from one section to another.
Vary the photo sizes
As you work on scrapbooks, you want to use different layouts. If you have several photos that you really want to use in one layout, vary the sizes. Use a solid background. Mat the photos with the same matting and mat a piece of cardstock for journaling. By varying the sizes and using similar matting, the photos won't overwhelm the page.
Utilizing these simple layouts will help you learn how to make a scrapbook in a very short amount of time. Your pages will look as though you spent hours working on them, when in reality each page can be done in under ten minutes. One word of caution though, once your friends see your work, they'll be asking for help with their scrapbooks!
Topic: How to make a scrapbook
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