To help you get started on this wonderful hobby, let’s look at the basic makeup of general scrapbooking layouts.
You’ll quickly notice that most scrapbook layouts will contain most of the elements listed below. These are the “standard” elements.
But of course, you don’t have to use all the elements at the same time. Usually, it’s a matter of picking and choosing elements that best help you convey the story you want to tell.
Get to know these standard elements and then go about experimenting with using as many or as little of them on your scrapbook pages.
Basic Elements of a Scrapbook Layout
Photos are the the essence of scrapbook layouts.
Most scrapbooking pages will have at least one or multiple photos on them.
That said, occasionally you can create an effective layout without a stitch of photo where the emphasis is mainly on the journaling.
2) Page Title
The words that highlight, summarize or suggest the page theme on scrapbooking layouts. You can use famous sayings, names, or simple phrases as page titles.
A title doesn’t always have to be at the top of the layout. It can be placed anywhere as long as it catches the viewer’s attention. Usually the viewer’s eyes will scan the layout for the title when looking at a layout. Then again, a scrapbook layout doesn’t always need a page title.
There’s many ways to creating page titles. Some examples, handwrite or stamp your titles, use computer-generated fonts, use stencils to draw out your titles, use alphabet stickers, or use acrylic paint to write out your titles.
Text that expands or explains the story of the photos. Journaling doesn’t have to be related to the event of the photos all the time.
You can write out short descriptions including names and dates, heartfelt letters, captions, basic information, quotes, lyrics and even poems.
You can write directly on the background paper. You can also write in journaling boxes using cardstock, patterned papers, vellum or other textured papers.
Sometimes, your journaling is very personal and you prefer to keep it more private. In such instances, you can find ways to hide your journaling. For example, you can slide your text into an inconspicuous pocket, or create a discreet lift-up flap to conceal your text.
4) Page Accent
Any embellishment used to dress up a scrapbook page.
Include stickers, silk flowers, slide mounts, buttons, ribbons, brads, eyelets, and such to enhance the attractiveness of the layout.
Page accents should support the page theme and not overwhelm and take away attention from the photos.
5) Photo Mat
The layer underneath a photo which leaves an all-around border that helps the photo to stand out more.
A mat can be made of cardstock, patterned paper, acrylic paint and other decorative elements. A mat can also be thin, thick, dimensional, flat, plain or elaborate depending on the effect you want to create.
You don’t have to mat all the photos. You can just mat your focal-point photo. If you want a “boxy” look to your layout, you can choose to mat all the photos and then double or triple-mat the focal-point photo for extra attention.
6) Photo Corners
Okay, the traditional photo corners are used as anchors to affix photos to a page with ease of removing them later.
In scrapbooking layouts, photo corners are mainly decorative elements to draw the eye to the photo.
Ribbons, brads, page turner and flowers can all be used as photo corners to embellish a photo and call attention to it and make it outstanding.
Borders add visual interest to anywhere you decide to place it on.
There’s many ways to create interesting borders. Decorative borders can be created from a variety of materials. You can even embellish the borders with photos and text. You can also design them with cardstock, patterned papers, fabric, tags, charms, metal and many more.
Now that you know the basic elements of scrapbooking layouts, you’re ready to have fun and get started on creating your first layout! But you might not know what basic supplies you’ll need, so read about the suggestions on essential supplies here.