Scrapbooking Layouts

Written by Liza Hartung
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Scrapbooking layouts can be the hardest things to come up with. Sure, you have the stock seven or eight that you use, but what do you do when you want to break out of that mold? There have to be other layouts out there that would provide the perfect creative touch to this page. Don't you hate running that thought through your mind over and over? You're sitting there, perhaps for hours, with your photos in your hand, your decorated paper spread out, and you move them randomly around the page in your scrapbook.

You are hoping that something will suddenly strike you. Ah, it does! Oh, wait, that's the same layout you did two pages ago. You can't do that again so soon. What do you do when you get stuck in this rut? There are several solutions. Obviously, if you have a scrapbooking book, you can refer to that. If you don't have one on hand, however, you will have to get a little creative with your scrapbooking layouts.

Creative Inspirations for Scrapbooking Layouts

First, really study the photos. See if there are any colors in them that move you. Maybe they are of fall scenes. You can use fall colors like burgundy, rust and orange to create the background. Use leaves for a border. You can connect the leaves together with a green string, or paint a thin rope with gold paint and use that. Make the entire layout in the form of a tree if you wish. Have photos coming off of each branch.

A fun and basic layout that I like is the ripped look. You literally rip the paper that you will be using for your photo borders, regular borders, captions, whatever you like. You can also go with very simple scrapbooking layouts for busier photos. Try dividing the page into four equal sections. Use a slight variation in color for the background of each. Then, center one photo in each section, putting captions or summaries if you like.

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