Hi, it’s Leigh here. I have been scrapbooking for almost 12.5 years — and I still get excited about making layouts. Today I’d like to share some scrapbooking basics with you.
To create a layout, I would suggest that you need the following…
1. Photos: These can be many or few, printed professionally or printed at home. While I suggest keeping a lower number of photos to allow for other elements (& a bit of white space), there are definitely no set rules on the number of photos you choose.
2. Cardstock & patterned paper: For scrapboooking, it’s best to use acid/lignen free papers for scrapbooking, so as not to harm the photos you’re trying to preserve. Since the beginning, I’ve used Bazzill Basics cardstock. With so many colours and textures to choose from, Bazzill Basics are the best choice. Of course, my personal preference is white. But I occasionally include other colours as well.
While you don’t need to use patterned paper on your layouts, it’s definitely a fun element to add to your pages, whether you’re using a full sheet as a background or smaller pieces to enhance your layout.
3. Embellishments: Here’s where things can get fun! There are so many fun embellishments you can include on your scrapbook layouts: alphabet or word embellishments for page titles, chipboard, stickers, tags, enamel dots, buttons, bling, sequins, twine…. you can spend a lot of time just choosing the right elements to enhance your pages. Of course, while none of these are “necessary” to scrapbooking, they definitely help make unique and special layouts!
4. Stamping/diecutting: while this is not a necessary element for scrapbooking, as someone who has scrapbooked for a long time, I have been pleased to add these elements to my layouts. I just feel that these are a way I can be even more creative in my craft.
5. Journaling: One of the purposes of scrapbooking is to preserve our memories. To do this, it is useful to write these memories down. You can do this by handwriting on your layout or using a computer to print out your journaling. There are no right or wrong ways — just write them down.
So, using these five elements, I created my layout:
I used some Bazzill Basics Smoothies: Coconut Swirl cardstock as my background. Over this, I layered a piece of Crate Paper Open Book patterned paper. I trimmed a “book” from a second sheet of the Open Book patterned paper, since it went with my reading theme and adhered it along the side.
I matted my photos on some more Bazzill Basics Smoothies: Coconut Swirl cardstock, as well as diecut a tag using Papertrey Ink’s Journaling Tag die. On this, I stamped a Sweet & Sassy flower (I felt it matched the flower at the bottom of the book I’d adhered. I drew lines with a pencil on my tag, wrote out my journaling in pencil, wrote over top of it with a fine sharpie and then erased my pencil marks.
Over the stamped flower, I adhered a Crate Paper Open Book Chipboard element — this sweet little stack of books. I also tied a button onto my tag and knotted it with twine.
I like to add a title to each of my layouts and I often do this with stamping or diecutting. However, this Crate Paper Open Book Chipboard element just seemed too perfect not to use on my layout. With the “happy heart” written on it — it doubles nicely as my page title.
I also decided to add a trio of buttons to the bottom of the “book” I’d trimmed from patterned paper. It felt like a nice way to finish that off.
I’d just like to point out one more thing… When creating a layout, I often create something called a visual triangle. When I place my elements on my page (usually embellishments), I like to place them in a way that they create a triangle which frames my photos. Here, my visual triangle was created by the chipboard embellishment on my tag, the chipboard embellishment that doubled as my page tile and the trio of buttons on the right hand side.
It’s just something that works for me.
Thanks for looking!
Supplies used: Bazzill Basics Smoothies: Coconut Swirl, Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Open Book 12×12 paper pad, Crate Paper Open Book Chipboard Accents, Papertrey Ink Monthly Moments: Journal Card 6 Die, Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream Button Twine, Papertrey Ink buttons, Sweet & Sassy Stamps Parisian Postcard stamp set