In the olden days it use to be enough to just take the picture and put it in a folder or binder to so that by the time you were done you had a book of pictures with no stories behind them. While this is better than doing nothing with them at all, scrapbooking today has taken on a whole new meaning. It has become an art form that people around the world have become part of. Understanding how to enhance your photos is the essence of your scrapbook layout. A creative and well thought scrapbook page will help you learn how to enhance your photos so that you’re getting the most out of your scrapbook page. But where do you begin?
So you’re looking for great looking layouts to enhance your pictures. Here are some ideas on how to do just that:
Choose a theme. Choosing a theme for your pictures will help make your photos more than just photos you look at. A theme will help tie them into the rest of the page and make them more exciting to look at. A theme also helps you figure out what kind of paper you want to use, embellishments, and other elements you might want to add to your page. You can have any kind of theme you want; some of the popular ones are special occasions such as birthdays and weddings, people and objects, and vacations. These all make for great themes but you don’t have to have special occasions and events. If you want to scrapbook your cat then go ahead and do it.
Choosing your Photos. Enhancing your photos means that you have to be able to pick the right photos for your scrapbook page. I’m sure there are more than two pictures you have taken for the page you’re thinking about. The trick to enhancing your pictures is to decipher which ones will work best with your theme and your scrapbook pages. You don’t need to worry about finding the best composition as you will be able to crop the pictures however you like, but you should avoid using fuzzy, out of focus shots, and pictures that have been taken on weird angles. Another thing to remember about photos is to use odd numbers. They tend to be more appealing in all different layouts; one, three, five, or seven will fit nicely spread across two pages.
Choosing colors. Another part of enhancing your photos on a great layout is to choose colors that coordinate with one another and with the pictures you have chosen. You don’t want to use paper that clashes with a dominant color in your picture. It not only looks tacky but will take the focus away from the subject on your page. Take a good look at your pictures and see if there are certain things you want to highlight. Then choose your background and paper colors from that. A color wheel can come in extremely handy during this process as it will help you find analogous, coordinating, and complimentary colors to work with.
Choose a focal point. Every layout needs a focal point which means that something on your picture needs to either be the focal point or help point the eye towards the focal point. You will most likely need to crop your photos to help enhance the layout of your page and enhance the look of your picture as well.
Create and add layers. The secret to great scrapbooking pages is in the layers. Bordering your pictures in complimentary colors can draw attention and enhance them more. You can use paints, markers, embellishments, and even glitter to help enhance your photos.
Understanding the importance of and learning how to enhance your photos will give you a great scrapbook layout and design every time.