Creative Scrapbook Page Layouts

Scrapbook page layouts mimic your own personal style. If you like certain colors or textures, they will ultimately be displayed in your layouts. The same is true of the flow of your scrapbooks. Look at the flow of your home décor. Do you line several of your candles on the counter or do you use a single, larger candle? Maybe you prefer to use a variety of different colored and sized candles?

Whether you like to mix colors or keep accent colors to a minimum, if you let your own personal style and flow become the main force behind your creative scrapbook page layouts, you'll end up with scrapbooking pages and albums that show your unique tastes and styles.

Balance
Balance is the first and most important aspect used in scrapbook layouts. Without balance, the entire page will appear off kilter. Balance does not mean that both sides of the page need to be equal in size, color or number of items.

Layout balance focuses on the balance between color, size and type of items on the page and how they relate with one another. Essentially, the balance of a page is how well the objects and design work together. For example, when you add text to a page, only use one font. Too many different styles of letters will make it difficult to read the text.

Symmetry
Symmetry is the harmony between the balance of the page and how aesthetically pleasing the layout is to the viewer's eyes. Since not all of your layouts should be the same, find a few that feel right to you and keep them on hand for easy layouts. For instance, cut your page into six equal parts. Use four of the parts to tell your story through photos that are the exact same size. Use two parts of the page to add designs or embellishments.

Cut out a strip of paper (about two inches wide and as long as the page) that corresponds in color with your design and photo. Use this strip as your journaling section or as a base for your title. This strip can be added across the middle of the page, so that it runs directly through the photos, or along the top or bottom. You can even run words sideways or diagonally across your layout.

Color
Color is also an important component when working on your scrapbook layout. It doesn't matter what colors you use, as long as they compliment one another and at least two of the colors can be found in your focus photo.

Photo Composition
Images should try and follow composition balance rules. Photos where the main subject in the photo is looking straight at you are generally your best choice for photo selection. When the main character is looking to the side, try and position the photo on the opposite side of the scrapbooking page, so that he or she appears to be looking across the page-toward the message-rather than off the page. The focus photo or main photo on a page ideally should be larger than the other photos.

Follow a Pattern
If we want to compare your scrapbook page layouts to flowerbeds, you will understand the importance of certain patterns. If you're like most people, the border in your flowerbed is usually a solid row of like flowers or like-colored flowers. You probably have flowers clumped together in bunches of three, five, seven or more in the center of your flowerbed. Flowers tend to be more pleasing to the eye when placed in clumps or rows. The same can be applied to scrapbooking layouts. Keep in mind that the eye is used to seeing certain patterns, therefore the eyes relate to these patterns more easily.

For aesthetic reasons, embellishments such as flowers, raindrops, bees or stars look better when planted on your page in a triangular pattern.  The triangle does not have to be a small triangle. Space items on your page so that they are pleasing to the eye, making you want to linger and take it all in slowly.

Scrapbook Page Layout Tips & Tricks

  • Never take the focus off of the main photo. The main photo, sometimes the only photo on the page, should never get lost in the layout. Mat the photo with a coordinating color that will make it pop from the page. If you want to really enhance the photo, try double matting.
  • Always add some type of text to your page layout. The message is what makes scrapbooking layouts so memorable. Create a text box for your message, and write from the heart. Give details that might otherwise be forgotten, and don't shy away from emotional messages.
  • Avoid crazy or lazy layouts. If a layout is too busy, it loses its impact. Ideally, a scrapbook layout should make the viewer want to linger on the page. Try to stick to three to five colors, and no more than seven pieces of embellishments per page. At the same time, don't be lazy with your layouts. Add zip to your page. Items that compliment and mean something either to you or to the person in the photo are the ideal embellishments. Too few items on the page can make the page look unfinished.
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