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Scrapbook Ideas

Apr 15, 2008
Wikipedia defines scrapbook as "Scrapbooking is a method for preserving a legacy of written history in the form of photographs, printed media, and memorabilia contained in decorated albums, or scrapbooks". While the photographs, printed media and memorabilia make it distinct, the "decorated" part identifies the project as a scrapbook as opposed to a basic notebook. Here are a few scrapbook ideas for you to improve your end-product.

The person that produces a scrapbook should keep in mind that the project is an extension of one's self. Through the layout, decorations, colors, and textures, the producer controls the project.

A lot of thought must go into what may seem mundane. Things such as size, number of pages, materials required have to be planned and determined before the fun or creative stuff. Go ahead go wild. Don't hold back your creative juices. The producer defines the perfection of the project. All these aspects have to be present to reach perfection. Scrapbooking as a hobby lets people express their creativity.

Don't underestimate the power of color combinations. With the right color combinations, the project looks great. If the combinations are wrong for the project, an otherwise effective project loses some of its attractiveness. With improper color combinations the project can look shabby.

The proper enhancements to your scrapbook can spark up the project. These enhancements can turn a poor effort into a decent looking project. If you start out with a good project, the proper enhancements can make it shine and glitter.

One of the most important aspects in the formation of an attractive scrapbook is the use of borders. Borders can be made of stickers, stamps or stencils. Borders should highlight the focal points of the page, they should not steal the show. While attractiveness is certainly a big consideration, the story is what the scrapbook is about. There should be some contrast between the borders and the outlines of the individual photos or clippings. Main photos should be highlighted with different colors of pencils, even multi-colored pencils for each individual piece. Borders, whether page or picture are an important vital role in the scrapbook. Along with the highlighting function of borders, they will also add spark to the project.

There is usually an individual or group that is the focal point of the story. This should be the root of the scrapbook and everything should flow from it. The photos should be placed in the proper order, most likely chronologically. The order of the photos plays an important role in the telling of the story. The order should also be pleasing to the eye. The realism of the scrapbook is determined by the proper flow of the photos.

Related accents should again enhance the main focal points on the page. Things like clippings, article references, and quotes add a lot of pizzazz to the scrapbook.

Triangles are a very important concept in layouts for scrapbooks. Placing pictures, clippings, or stickers in triangle forms, make the end project more pleasing and eye-catching.

To enhance the looks of a scrapbook, it should be divided in multiple sessions.

Along with the triangle mentioned earlier, the principle of "Rule of Thirds" should be kept in mind with forming a scrapbook. Dividing each page into thirds offers a lot of possibility as to formation and layout. Divide each page into three sections both horizontally and vertically. This leaves you with 9 different cells and placement guides. Across, down, or diagonally all can be used effectively for layouts.

The attractiveness of the scrapbook includes consistency. If the same stickers or stamps are used throughout the project, the entire look of the project improves.

To boost the looks of the scrapbook, use effective sketching for the important photos.

The scrapbook is classified in the form or three or five accents.
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