6 Steps To Creating Your First Scrapbook Page

September 24 2011No Commented

Categorized Under: News

It is a common mistaken belief that traditional scrapbooking and it’s digital counterpart are two separate pastimes. Personally I see them as the same but the way in which you finally get your scrapbook page ideas down are different.

Therefore the process that follows can apply to both traditional and digital scrapbooking. The steps are the same just the medium that you use is dissimilar.

Step 1. Select the pictures

The primary purpose of any scrapbook page is to capture memories. Most of the time this is done by using pictures as the centerpiece of the design. So it’s only fitting that the initial step in the act of making your first scrapbook page is to choose your photos.

There aren’t any set rules of how many pictures you should use. I’ve seen many successful page layouts made using just 1 image and others using as much as 10 or even more.

My tip is to pick one photograph as the primary focus, the whole page design can then be based around it, which makes your job as a scrapbooker all that more easy.

Once you have picked your principal photograph you might need to use others to compliment it. Try to use further images that enhance the story that you are attempting to tell. These maybe photos taken from different angles/view points.

Step 2. Pick a theme

Picking a theme is normally less complicated when you have decided on your principal image, as everything can be based around that main focal point.

Pick out one or two colours from the photograph to base your page around. Or for a bolder statement try a contrasting colour.

Also see what textures are present in the picture and incorporate those into the design. For traditional scrapbooking this may be gluing similar textures and objects to the page. For digi scrappers you could use digital elements or further textured overlays.

Step 3. Organize your materials

This step is principally directed towards traditional scrapbookers who’ve collected a big stash of scrapbooking supplies. Going thru your supplies now will both save time later but might also give you more inspiration for the following step. If you’re scrapping digitally sort through the files on your computer in the same way will help. You might even want to have a look online and see whether a kit is available based totally on your selected theme – this alone is one of the great benefits of digital scrapbooking – the convenience and speed of gaining more supplies by a click of the mouse.

Step 4. Plan the layout of your page

My tip here is to take a look at what other scrapbook designers are doing. This is great way for inspiration and new concepts to try in your scrapbook layouts.
Whatever you do always try and add your own stamp (no pun intended) and don’t copy everything exactly.

When you start to work out your layout try not to be too symmetrical. To the eye this may be boring. A page can be much more interesting with one or two layout tweaks.

Many artists around the world use the rule of thirds when they’re composing a piece of art. The same rule can apply to scrapbooking too. Divide the page into 3rds. This may be horizontally or vertically and try and include a fascinating part in each third. Try hard not to be too firm with the structure by laying your pictures and elements a little outside of the third to link everything together.

If you’re traditional scrapbooking don’t fix anything down till your certain on the layout. Obviously digital scrapbookers can experiment and play around as much as you like, even saving variances of the layout which might even be used on different page later down the road.

Step 5. Add depth by layering

One of my fave methods of giving my scrapbook pages a lift are by adding depth. I do this by layering.

Now this may be using 2 or 3 different papers with a little offset overlaps as the base of the page. Or I use the same technique underneath my photos.

Step 6. Add journaling

The final step is to add journaling. Don’t include journaling for the sake of it. Everything on your page ought to have a purpose. Frequently I will not include any journaling at all. But if I have a story to tell that enhances the photos, or there had been an event that proceeded the actual photo being taken, I can document this memory on the page.

Making your first scrapbook page shouldn’t be disconcerting. There is no right or wrong way to scrapbook. There are only simpler strategies. It’s a straightforward formula that I find works for me. Give it try yourself.

Rich Pargeter is an artist and digital designer based in the UK. In his spare time he enjoys creating digital scrapbook designs and shares them along with more scrapbook page ideas on his blog at TopScrapbookPageIdeas.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *