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How do I Choose the Best Scrapbook Design?

By Sheri Cyprus
Updated May 17, 2024
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Choosing the best scrapbook design for you helps ensure a good project outcome. After all, scrapbooking a whole photo album by carefully arranging acid-free stickers, papers and other materials around your favorite photographs often takes a lot of time as well as concentration. You should give some thought in picking a scrapbook, or album, that captures the mood of your photo collection to give a good start to your project design.

For example, to display black and white photographs of relatives, choose colors very carefully and limit your choices to avoid taking the focus away from the pictures. You may want to limit your color scheme to black and white plus one or two complementary colors for interest. Complementary colors are the pairs opposite each other on the color wheel such as red and green, orange and blue, and purple and yellow.

Choose stickers that keep the style and tone. To enhance the black and white photo collection described above, look for stickers, ribbons and papers that not only fit in with your minimalistic color scheme, but also aren't too modern looking. Antique car stickers, romantic roses, Victorian ladies hats, or things reminiscent of days gone by would be suitable.

If, on the other hand, your scrapbook includes color photographs, you may want to add much more color while concentrating on the theme of family. A chronological scrapbook design often works best for family albums. For instance, you could devote the first pages to the wife and husband's respective families with their relatives as well as childhood pictures displayed. Then, family photos that include the couple's children could be added in the kids' birth order.

To add interest to any family album scrapbook design, even a chronological one by date, you could include feature pages. For instance, you could create a photo page of family pets. Choose colors that suit all of the pets. A photograph of a black dog may not show up well matted on dark purple scrapbook paper, while a yellow stripe may coordinate in a striking way with the same photo.

You may want to make a page title such as "Our Family Pets" and add cute, pet-related stickers like little feeding dishes, toys and grooming brushes. On your feature pages, you may want to include papers with text, such as each pet's name and birthday. You could add fun information in your scrapbook design like “Barney's favorite things: Chewing up slippers, car rides and barking at the floor mop.”

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Discussion Comments
By Ocelot60 — On Nov 20, 2014

@raynbow- If you are planning to make a wedding scrapbook design from scratch, white or ivory material with a shimmery finish for the covering will make it look very nice. Using white or ivory pages for the inside of the book will match perfectly.

As far as the contents, I think that your friend would appreciate photos, keepsake items, and even some written words about how much she and her fiance means to you. This will be a gift that she will treasure for a lifetime.

By Heavanet — On Nov 20, 2014

@raynbow- I made a wedding scrapbook several years ago, and I used a photo album with a wedding design. Though meant for photographs, this type of album makes an ideal scrapbook. All you have to do is add some scrapbook pages as needed to include specific sentimental items and mementos. The pages you will need for photos will already be there.

By Raynbow — On Nov 19, 2014

I'm trying to find some ideas for a scrapbook design that focuses on a couple and their wedding day. My best friend is getting married, and I want to make one for her as a gift that chronicles the past few years with her fiance up through their wedding day.

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