These easy tips and techniques are things that I’ve learned along the way and will be adding to periodically through posts.
Get ideas from magazines. Advertisers hire professional graphic artists for their pages. Flip through magazines. You might find something visually appealing that you could use on your next page or layout.
Creative cropping. Don’t be afraid to cut your photo (EXCEPT Polaroids if you even know what they are) to focus on a person or object. I’ve heard people say they couldn’t bear to cut a photo. If that’s you, then make a copy before you cut your photo for the page. By using the whole photo, you may have a lot of unnecessary excess on your page. Do you really want that weird guy in the background that somehow got into your photo? LOL. Be creative, cut your person or object out in a circle, oval or even heart (Valentine’s Day). A photo doesn’t always have to be square or rectangle.
Like circles? Make a page with all the photos cropped in circles. Create extra circles on the page for memorabilia and/or journaling.
Inexpensive supplies and embellishments. Use everyday objects in projects. See what’s lying around the house – paperclips, old CDs, old fabric, quotes from old calendars, toothpicks. Anything that isn’t too thick can be used and may be the perfect accent for your next page. Remember only acid/lignon free papers on photos though. If it’s a concern, there is a preservation spray you can use such as Archival Mist by EK Success but it is a little pricey.
– Check out the office supply store. Often they will have something you can use (like fancy paperclips) much more affordable than the scrapbooking section of your favorite hobby store.
Use a pocket from a pair of worn out jeans for a teen’s page or book. Put a note/journal in the pocket or a souvenir.
For dimension. Cut a letter or shape from cardboard (an old box), cover with paper to match your page and tie a ribbon or string around it. Voila a cheap embellishment AND you recycled. 🙂
Hidden secrets. For little surprises or personal journaling, create a pocket on the page.
BEWARE: Newspaper Articles/Tickets. Anything made with paper, either copy onto acid free paper, spray with archival mist or laminate otherwise DO NOT let it touch your photo!
by Debbi founder of SrapbookingForAnyone.com
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