Designing your scrapbook pages doesn't have to be a chore.
In fact, scrapbooking just got a whole lot easier! The Creating Keepsakes team has put together design cheat sheets that will
not only inspire your creativity but also offer solutions for design techniques,
cool color combinations, and helpful layout sketches that you can use over and
The order of how the eye views each element on your
scrapbook pages is called "visual hierarchy." Creating with a visual hierarchy
in mind is a great place to start as you build a layout. Aim to have your pages
use a visual hierarchy in the following order:
"Love" by Elizabeth Kartchner
Add different colors, fonts, and shapes to your layout to lend
contrast and visual interest. By using colors that complement rather than match
your photos, you will create a nice contrast that helps your photos stand out
"Spring in Utah" by
Repeat colors or elements to guide others from one side of
your layout to the other. You can add repetition with photo shapes and sizes,
embellishments, color, text, and more.
"Tradition" by Mou
Visual balance can be achieved by simply arranging your
photos in a block or grid. This approach helps the visual weight so that no single
side of your layout feels heavier than another.
"Cool Cuts" by Amanda
Place photos, accents, and elements in close proximity to imply
a relationship between all the items. Grouping the objects together will also pull
your layout together.
"Marcie & Joe" by
For more design tips, check out Creating
Keepsakes magazine and the "Design Solutions" column in Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks. Note: As a premium member of Club CK, you will automatically receive a subscription to Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks, along with other great benefits! Join today for less than $3 a month!
--Joannie McBride, Creating
Keepsakes assistant editor