1) Color -choose a color relevant to your topic, or better style enhance your content – blue for baby boy, oranges/yellows/reds for holiday in fall.
Warning – too many colors can be over powering.
Stick to a few colors and stay with that theme to get a uniformed look.
You may be thinking that you want an eclectic look rather than uniformed. This may work for certain topics but can look very messy very quickly.
It can be hard to really make something stand out if there's a lot going on. If you have an abundance of photos, keepsakes and memories that do not go with the colors you have chosen you can do one of two things:
A) include inside an envelop stuck to the page
B) choose a different theme and color for each page. More your photos to the page that has matching colors.
2) Background – find a background that compliments the content not swamps it.
It also helps to have a plain background if you have a lot to fit on the page. Use topical backgrounds.
For example for a university memories scrap book you might use your old essays printed on colored paper with a pale colored font.
3) Presentation style/format– this will depend on the way it's to be presented – in a book, poster or card etc.
Consider your topic and choose a presentation style that enhances it.
For example if it's a holiday you want to scrapbook make the cover a passport cover each page could have a traditional passport page as background, or suitcase with luggage tags attached.
4) Text and how it's presented – you may want to frame this, use your own handwriting or stencils.
Choosing what to write is just as important as the way it's presented.
There's nothing worse than too much text that you can't be bothered to read or too little that you don't know what you are looking at.
Capture your memories in a short and punchy way. 1-2 sentences at most. Include information that in future would be interesting to you.
Don't include the obvious as the photo will tell a thousand words.
Including the date may seem irrelevant at the time but in years to come when the lives in the book have moved those left behind can piece together so much with a date.
When you want to include more text than your page will allow, present it in envelopes or tags, hide it under flaps or hang photos from the page and have text written on the back.
Whatever you decide about the layout of your page, remember this is your creation of memories and thoughts, go with what works best for you and enjoy the process. There is no right or wrong way with creating scrapbooks.
Topic: Scrapbooking Made Simple