Back to the Basics of Scrapbooking
29 June 2012
Author: Karen Bulmahn
Scrapbooking has really evolved in the past fifteen years. It has made a complete transformation from the traditional “photos only” on the page to unbelievable works of artistic displays. Many people who would like to start scrapbooking actually become discouraged and overwhelmed by looking at a finished page in a magazine, feeling as if it is too complex for their talent. After reading this article, hopefully the enthusiasm will return as the basics will be brought back to the focus of preserving memories.
Key points to consider when starting a page are photos, paper, journaling and a title. Once the theme is decided, which is generally inspired by the photos, paper can be selected to coordinate. If you are a beginner scrapbooker, begin with solid color cardstock on the first few layouts, this will help make it easier when coordinating colors. Consider using a color wheel to aid in color choice, and begin with no more than three colors.
Try sketching out the page elements on paper before you begin. This will act as a blueprint of sorts, and will allow for more efficient scrap time. A layout would look pretty chaotic if photos were trimmed in different shapes and placed randomly on the page. In order to achieve organization in layouts, the design elements of line, letter and shape need to be implemented.
To use line correctly, divide the page in three’s vertically or horizontally with imaginary grid lines. This is part of the rule of three’s. When placing paper, photos or embellishments, work within the grid lines to achieve good balance. It is also suggested to create a triangle somewhere within the layout to keep your eye moving around the page. The triangle can be formed visually by arranging embellishments, photos or shapes in three different places on the layout. In the example “Toothless,” there is a triangle created with the circles that contain large flowers. The triangle also appears in the “Swing” page example, which uses small punched flowers as page accents.
Be sure to include a space for the page title and also a specific spot for journaling. When creating the title, there are many choices ranging from flat art which includes hand written (see “Toothless” page example), computer generated, die-cuts and flat alphabet stickers, to three dimensional products such as chipboard letters or three dimensional stickers. When journaling, it is highly recommended to state information about the photos; for example, who is pictured, what is taking place, and the date. Journaling can be anything from telling the story to simply listing the facts.
The main tools needed for a beginning scrapbooker are a paper trimmer, a pair of good, sharp scissors, adhesive and a journaling marker. EK Success Brands manufactures a complete line of scrapbooking tools that will prove to be long lasting and easy to use.
If the basics are used when someone begins to scrapbook, it will produce successful results. This will surely set up a life-long love for the craft, and will allow for your own personal style to develop over time. Try going back to the basics!