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Scrapbook Title Tips

Updated on April 18, 2019
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Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

Learn how to create a title for baby pictures and scrapbook sayings
Learn how to create a title for baby pictures and scrapbook sayings | Source

Getting Started With Scrapbook Titles

I never understood when I got started as a scrapbook artist how important the titles of our scrapbook pages are. They will literally make or break your page.

Think about how odd it would look if you saw a scrap book page without the title.It could have the nicest pictures and embellishments. It could have a delightful story on a journal piece. Yet, without the title, it would be imbalanced and lacking something.

Learning to make great a great title for your scrapbook page is adding the icing on your cake. Just like the title of a book, it captures the interest of those viewing your pages. It tells the story. It draws the interest of the person to your art.

The question always comes up, " Do you start with the title or add the title after the fact?"

Well, the simple answer is that there are no hard rules for adding titles for your scrapbook page.

I , personally like to gather the pictures together that I plan to work on. The I decide how many pictures I will be using. Then I decide if I am going to make a two page layout or a single. Then I select the base paper I am going to use. I like to arrange them on the paper till I am happy without adhering them to the paper. Then I start thinking about the title and where I am going to place it and any journaling.

You figure out what works for you. As you do pages you will refine how you get it all together.

Keep Your Titles Short

Your titles should say what your page is about in no more than 4 words, Otherwise your title will hog the page and take away from your story. Hyphenate words where you can/ Like birthday would become b-day. Use actual numbers instead of spelling them out. Say what you can in as few words as you can.

Consider The Materials For Your Title

Almost anything goes when it comes to the titles on your scrapbook pages. There are all kinds of options when it comes to scrapbook pages.

  • Pre-cut letters or words
  • Chipboard
  • Rub ons
  • Printed titles
  • Die cut titles and letters
  • Wire
  • Titles made from label makers
  • Stamped titles
  • Card stock
  • Printed paper
  • Letters from a magazine
  • Foam Letters
  • Die cut letters and words
  • Letters or words cut from an electronic cutting machine
  • Vellum letters and titles
  • Alphabet stickers

Creating Contrast With Your Titles

Would seem a little obvious normally that you would not want to use the exact same color on your title as the color of the base paper of your page.

Well, you actually could, if the letters were outlined in another color or in say glitter. The point being there are no hard rules how to create your titles, because it is your art !

Here are some contrast ideas to add Some zing to your titles:

  1. Add dimension to your titles-rather than just flat titles, layer them so they stand out on your page.
  2. Use different fonts-you don't have to use just one font-mo\ix it up a bit, Give it the unexpected element
  3. Make some of the title a different size-Make the word or group of words that are the most important a larger size
  4. Put them on more than one line
  5. Bold part of the title
  6. Use different colors on the words of your title
  7. Put them on a shelf-make a shelf with a piece of washi tape
  8. Use different letters from different sets
  9. Use Black letters to make your title stand out and off the page

Use one title for a matching layout rather than placing a title on both pages

Here is one of my pages where I used both the top and the bottom for the title. I also used some odd left over letters to create interest
Here is one of my pages where I used both the top and the bottom for the title. I also used some odd left over letters to create interest

Where To Put Your Scrapbook page Title

Think of the paper on your scrapbook page as your canvas. The pictures are usually your focal point. The embellishments ( anything that you use to decorate the page ) are your emphasis on the focal point ( your pictures)

When we create a page, even if we don't consider it, we are creating shapes. Sometimes the shape we create id a triangle. sometimes a square, sometimes a diamond, but we are always placing the arrangement of the things on our page as a shape.

So with that in mind, you will want to arrange all your other elements first and then determine where best your title might fit in. Use your shapes to find the right place to place your title, rather than just placing it wherever you find a spot.

More Tips Where To Put Your Scrapbook Title

  • If you have a spread on two pages that have the exact same theme (a layout) consider putting the title on one page rather than both.
  • Use a vertical title if you are placing it near a large photo
  • The letters of your title do not have to go in a straight line.
  • Slant your letters to the right or left
  • Bring one up and one down

Here is a title that tells the story in a colorful way ! I love the use of printed paper behind the letters
Here is a title that tells the story in a colorful way ! I love the use of printed paper behind the letters | Source

If you are using a lot of circles, consider curving the title

Take Some Time To Brainstorm Titles

So, notebook and journal in hand, I set out to brainstorm some titles. Grabbed a cup of tea and just started writing down whatever came to my mind. I thought about the kinds of pages that I wanted to create and just made some notes.

I keep my notebook handy because you never know when inspiration may hit.

Of course if you are not feeling creative, there are lots of resources for you where you can get lists of titles. Start with any scrapbook or card magazines that you might have. When you see a title that you like, jot it down.

Of course the internet is full of wonderful ideas ! Start with Pinterest ! Just search scrapbook titles and you will come up with a wealth of information.

Use a contrasting color from the main color of your page ! That gives a highlight to your title

You can use your printer to print scrapbook page titles as long as you use heavier weight card stock-nothing under 80 lbs

Keep a notepad with you so that you can jot a title if it comes into your head or you see a title that you might want to use later

When You Cannot Find A Title

I know that sometimes I have a hard time finding inspiration for my scrapbook titles. I just cannot seem to find the right thing for my pages and layouts.

What I have found that works for me, is to scope out some scrapbook galleries for some ideas to get my creative juices flowing. One site I like to use is Another site that I refer to often is Pinterest.

Just type in scrapbook layouts. You will get a wealth of information.

Using Greeting Cards For Your Titles

You can often find really good sentiments on greeting cards. Before you throw any way or recycle them, make sure to carefully look at them for possible titles,

Final Thought On Scrapbook Titles

Your scrapbook pages are in essence your personal art work. They are unique and personal for your family and the generations to come. Create your pages and enjoy them. Know as you grow in your art, you will get better. But mostly, enjoy the process as you move forward. This is your journey and your art ! Be just who you are, where you are.

© 2019 Linda F Correa


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