Lesson 02 – Creating your own layouts

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Creating your own layout is something that you might want to do and you might have looked at a dozen of scrapbooking pages and magazine. You might have bought all the supplies you need too, but you have no clue on where to start? Remember this, all good layouts have some common elements; what you bring to is your own approaches and style, that’s why no pages are the same.

Step 1: Pictures: Selecting your photos that you want on your pages is the best place to start. Remember that not every photo is a scrapbooking photo. Select the one that has a special moment or story attached to the event that you want to capture in your page.

***Important tip***
NEVER and I do mean NEVER use your original photo if they are irreplaceable photos. If you have some old photos you’d like to scrap, scan them and have them printed or print them out yourself or e-mail them to a developer to be processed, but do keep them in a photo safe environment. That is why we have storage boxes.

Step 2: Concept or Theme: Looking at your selected photo, try to identify a concept that appeals to you and that you can use in your design. Once this is done, select a layout. Looking at the theme of your photos will help you select this and it is essential for your next step. Some of the examples: Love, friendship, tradition and for more see my themes and idea article. Think of your journaling, about the story you want your photo to tell and a title for your layout.

Step 3: Color Scheme: Third step is choosing the right paper (colors and pattern). This can be overwhelming sometimes until you learn a few tricks. The easiest way to choose is putting common colors from your photos. For more great tips on how to choose the right colors for your scrapbooking pages visit my article: Choosing the right color for your scrapbooking pages.

Step 4: Embellishments: Now the fun part: adding embellishments like stickers, ribbon, flower just to name a few can help bring together the photos, paper and journaling. They can be as simple or as complicated you want it to be. To determine which colors of embellishment you should use, use the same concept as choosing your paper or find a focal point in your photo to mimic ea. like a child’s dress.

Step 5: Unity: The final step is to put your pages together. If you’re having trouble with layout design, you can work with idea Books and page planners or Layout from my blog to help you decide on how to place all the elements of your pages. The build layouts have already taken into account essential design principles such as focal point, repetition, balance and unity.

Follow those 5 easy steps and you’ll be on your way to finishing your first layout. May there be many more to come. Happy scrapping!


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  1. Kraig Bolinsky
    May 29, 2012 @ 16:00:44

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