When you start scrapbooking, one of the most difficult things to decide is your page arrangement, or design. You can sit for hours, moving your photos from one position to another, not quite sure what looks right. And once you start playing with embellishments, the adjustments can go on ad infinitum! After all, how can you really tell if the button looks better at the top of the page, in the middle, or just below the title?
There are some basic, simple scrapbooking layouts that will help you bypass indecision and move directly to the fun stuff: Creating and embellishing your pages! Here are three page designs I turn to over and over again:
- The grid. Imagine a tic-tac-toe board on your layout. Place a similarly sized photo, journaling block, or block of patterned paper in each square of the grid. Make sure each square has a common margin around it, meaning that it's the same distance from the other squares. Voila! You're ready to add the bling and the buttons.
- The line. Create a line of photos or page elements across your page. The different elements don't need to be the same size, but it helps if they are related somehow (sharing a common color, a common shape, or a similar pattern). Use the space above and below the "line up" for your title and journaling.
- The focal point. This design is a great choice for one oversize photo. Place it in the center of your page, or slightly off-center. Then add a journaling block to the lower left or right, a title above, and a few embellishments, and call it all good!
Creating scrapbooking pages can seem daunting, because there are so many choices. But by sticking with one of these simple scrapbooking layouts, you'll have the basics taken care of and you can move on to the joy of documenting your memories.