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Scrapbooking Tidbits

I've been scrapbooking for many years, I can't even remember how many. I have always loved crafts and photos so putting the two together into scrapboking is a lot of fun for me! Scrapbooking is such a huge topic, there's no way I could even attempt to have a comprehensive page about it, but here are some tidbits I've decided to share.

How I Design My Scrapbooking Layout

There are several different ways I go about designing my layout.

Choose the photos I want to scrapbook first

Sometimes I have a set of photoes I'm focusing on getting into my scrapbook, so I start with the photos in this case. One of the hardest parts of designing a layout, for me, is figuring out how to arrange the photos on the page. What helps me a lot is looking at books, templates I have, and other layouts I have done for ideas of how to arrange that number of photos. Once I've figured out how I'm going to arrange the photos and on how many pages, then the fun starts. Sometimes I'll pick a color scheme first, trying to pick a color that stands out in one of the photos. I try to choose a color/colors that I already have at least some of the paper for, since I have a lot of paper. Sometimes before choosing the colors and paper, I'll pick some embelishments I already have or I'll make some embellishments I think would be fun to make and that go with the photos or theme. Once I have the photo arrangement, color scheme, and embellishments chosen, it all comes together for me.

Choose the embellishments to use on my layout first

Sometimes I have an embellishment or set of embellishments I really want to use. When that's the case, I look through my photos for something that goes with the embellishment. I can't always find photos to go with that embellishment, but I try to be imaginitive and also keep in mind that I can often modify the embellishment a little. If I can't find photos to go with that embellishment, I try to think of whether I will ever have the sort of photos to go with that embellishment. If I can't even think of any, then I put the embellishment in a "give or throw away" pile. No point taking up my precious scrap-space with things I will never use! Once the photos and embellishments are chosen, I usually have a color theme in mind for the paper. I try to make paper I aleady have work, but sometimes I will need to buy the right paper.

Choose the layout first

I typically end up in this situation if I've made a layout (without photos) at a workshop or if I have a page kit I want to use or if I have paper with the layout pre-printed on it. In this case, I know how many photos I need so I look through my photos for a set of photos from a particular event or theme that are the correct number of photos for the layout. That can be hard to do so sometimes I'll have to put embellishments where photo