Scrapbooking Layout Tips

Simple Scrapbooking Layouts

Many scrapbook starters find it difficult to create a layout. If you are one of them, then you may have to read the following to get some easy ideas on what are the different types of scrapbook layouts you can use.

Patterned paper layout

When using patterned paper as a scrapbook page layout, you should follow the following rules: Never use a paper with a pattern larger than the smallest photographed head. Patterned papers are secondary to the photos, so never give too much concern if you cannot find the right photos to go on the pattern; and, use plain paper over the pattern as a journal box.

Nameplate layout

Use large letter tiles to make bold effects on the layout. You can use stamps to put your name on the page. Stencils are also a great way to accomplish this. You can also use other methods such as various sorts of embellishments to spell a name, embroidering the name on the page or using fonts like calligraphy will also look great.

Hand-print layout

Whether you are an artist or not, hand-printing the page will give you a unique layout. Use acrylic paints, colored pens, watercolors, or crayons to do this.

To achieve great results, concentrate the large hand-prints around the borders of the page. Smaller hand-prints can come in between.

Newspaper layout

Create a page that would have a relatively look like a newspaper’s front page. This will work best if you intent to make a page that focuses on a significant event. Use an Old English font as a heading; somewhat similar to the heading of a newspaper. Then, use a large text for the headline. A Times New Roman font is ideal for the story. Place a photo on the side or in the middle of the page.

Rub-on Transfers layout

Using rub-on transfers can be both easy but also tricky. It is easy in the sense that all you have to do is rub it-on and immediately you have an instant layout. However, it is tricky because it takes some practice to achieve a perfect transfer. If you are using rub-on transfers for the first time, you should start on a smooth surface. Once you get the hang of it, move on to the next level and use the transfer on other surfaces such as metal, mesh, ribbon, and glass.

If you must use rub-on transfers on non smooth surfaces, make sure the rub-on adheres enough to make permanent contact. Some brands are stickier than others.

Z pattern layout

In this arrangement, all the materials being used follow a Z pattern. In other words, the arrangements should start on the top left of the page and move on a Z pattern.

Focal point layout

In a focal point layout, a photo is used as the focal point and the development of the project moves outwards. Use a large photo as the focal point,  This will draw the viewer to the starting point of your masterpiece. If you are using more than one photo, try to make them of a different size. You can use 3 different photo sizes arranged diagonally, with the focal point on the largest photo. You can also use one large photo with 2 small photos on each side. Or, you can use 3 photos of the same size and make arrangement to highlight a certain point.

Aging paper layout

Weathering a paper is a popular technique on creating a layout. There are several ways to do this:

One is by damping the paper and ironing it to dry. This will create a sort of a weathered look to the paper.

Another way of aging the paper is by rolling it into a ball to make it look wrinkled. Then, sand it with the finest grained sand paper you can find.

There are more scrapbook ideas you can use but these should be enough to finish your scrapbook.

If you want to make other types of layouts, you can combine 2 or more of the previously mentioned types of layouts to make one unique layout. The important thing is to use your imagination and creativity to make a good layout and be proud of what you have just accomplished.

Happy Scrapbooking…


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