I love how this page turned out because it has a little bit of everything: a flyer, a handout, 4×6 prints, digital pictures and an overly-intricate headline. Blending different forms of media is fun and I prefer it to only pictures or only scraps. It makes the scrapbook look like a scrapbook instead of a photo album.
I wanted to anchor the top and bottom of the page with mini prints of digital pictures. It’s a great option if you have a lot of pictures to use and are short on space. My choices were also limited because the digital pictures I had were of poor quality and couldn’t be printed any larger than a couple of inches. In other words, make it work. Photo paper is very expensive, so I always print draft copies of digital pictures first. After playing with placement, cropping and sizing, I print the real ones.
The mini pictures were attached to strips of blue cardstock which I would later glue to the top and bottom of the page. These didn’t get glued on until the very end after I sorted out and finished the center of the page.
I used a collage for the center of the page for a couple of reasons. First, I thought it contrasted nicely with the orderly borders I had just finished and second, I had a lot of material I wanted to include (isn’t that always the case?). I played with the placement of everything before trimming or gluing down any single piece. I also printed out a couple of draft headlines so I could get an idea of sizing and placement for later.
Carefully trimming each item bit by bit, I gradually glued each piece down to the page.
Time to tackle the headline. I decided to make it difficult by cutting out the letters and then extra difficult by using a script font instead of a block-style. Nope, I don’t own one of those cutting machines.
To do this by hand, I used the same method as I did with the scrapbook title page, essentially making my own carbon paper. The difference here was that instead of transferring the design and coloring in, I transferred the design onto cardstock and cut it out.
I cut as much as I could with scissors, then switched to an x-acto knife for the rest.
I knew this was a bad idea, it took forever (well, about 50 minutes). If you are interested, the font is Lauren Script. I had to use tweezers to place the headlines on the page.
Headlines on and borders glued down, this one is done!
- Don’t be afraid to blend scraps right along with your pictures.
- Print draft copies of digital pictures with low ink quality and play around with them before printing the real thing.
- If your digital pictures are of low quality, you can still print them as mini prints.
- The headline font is Lauren Script. A free download is available at dafont.com.
- Headlines can be done without a cutting machine using this method, but unlike me, make it easy on yourself by using block-like fonts.