A very warm welcome, scrappers, crafters and creative enthusiasts.
Today, we are providing a wealth of simple scrapbooking layout ideas and 9 different scrapbooking concepts. We are sharing scrapbooking ideas that are so simple, your pages will be made in minutes. These are no stress designs. You'll need very few materials. So cost-effectiveness can also be achieved.
These are perfect scrapbooking pages for beginners. It's scrapbooking made simple.
This is an awesome blog for seasoned scrappers, noobs and for those of you just checking to see what scrapbooking is all about. Whether you do it digi style or you're all about the paper and the glue. You'll find something to use for your next scrapbooking endeavor.
We are also providing a free template, scrapbooking kit with free digital embellishments and free digital scrapbooking papers to get you started. Pretty awesome, eh?
Concept #1: Use a Small Scrapbook Format
There are so many advantages of scrapbooking with a small format.
* First of all, you don't need a lot of materials, which will save you money.
* Second, small or even tiny-sized scrapbook pages or layouts usually can be scrapped in minutes.
* Third, a small scrapbook page is ideal if you do not have a lot of pictures or if your pictures are small.
* Fourth, they make awesome gifts and are cheaper to print and send.
Here are a few examples of small and even tiny formats of scrapbooking for you to add to your repertoire of awesome. These scrapbooking page layouts are ideal for beginners. (I've linked up similar products for ya.)
This is a mix of lovely goodies mostly from the warehouse box at Webster's Pages.
How about these lovely, small format scrapbooking pages?
Totally Eek-A-Licious! This is a tiny format, actually. The biggest part of the page is only 4 inches.
These pages are so tiny, you really can scrap fast and you don't need to put a lot of things on the pages.
1) Apply your favorite background paper.
2) Adhere a few coordinating paper strips or border either across the top, bottom or middle. Use all different widths for more interest.
3) Add some awesome ribbon, bling or pearls to give it some serious Wow Pow.
4) Place your pictures and you're set.
Let's look at just how simple this page is.
There's one very large photo. It's matted and there's a fun background. I've got two stamps in opposite corners and a large title.
The beauty of digital pages is you can start at a 12x12 and then shrink it to 10x10, 8x8x, 6x6x, 4x4...You get the point. Tip: Always start big and then go small. Don't go from small to large or you'll lose clarity.
Concept #2: Use a Large Photo Format to Scrapbook Easily and Fast
Using very large photos is a totally epic way to scrapbook fantastic layouts. I'm talking king-sized. The picture should take up at least 1/2 of your page. You can scrapbook incredibly expeditiously in this manner. You'll need very few materials and or details. Consider a large title. Borders work magnificently with large photos. You can also add smaller photos along with the larger photo. You may not even need embellishments or elements at all. Like my example above.
Check out these page layout examples and you'll see exactly what I mean.
Concept #3: Let Your Pretty Scrapbooking Paper Do The Talking
If you are one of those scrappers who hold on to that gorgeous paper until it's considered retro, I feel ya! It took me years to realize that those beautiful scrapbooking papers are to be used. Not sit in a Pamper's box! Let those stunning scrapbooking papers be the main focus of your page. You don't have to use photos on all of your pages.
Those kinds of papers are ideal for a cover or title page for your scrapbook. If you want to use photos on them, keep them small and move your image around until you find just the right spot. Consider matting your photo if you do want some contrast with your paper. Also, consider using solid or plain paper that coordinates with your design paper. This will lend cohesion to your page.
Here's an example of scrapbooking with gorgeous design paper.
I went a bit nuts designing this paper with my collaboration of Art & Life Scraps, Digi Smash. All I had to do was add an extracted photo of my kitty, the title and then I went around the edges with a few small elements of flowers, curly ribbon and sequins. That's it! Let that fabulous paper do all of the work!
Another idea with this concept is using large, page-sized cut files. This is a somewhat newer style for both traditional and digital scrapbooking. One of my favorite things about this concept is you can customize the cut file to match your photographs.
Tip: If you really want the most flawless, coordinated result on your scrapbooking pages, then it's essential that the colors in the picture match the colors of your papers and elements. Using black and white photos is an alternative if you can't match the papers with the photos.
Take a look at these amazing pages using the cut file concept. Clip in your desired paper to the cut file, leave it white, paint or ink it to coordinate with the rest of your layout. You'll not want to add too many elements or you may get a page that looks busy. Unless you want busy!
Here are a few examples of easy digital scrapbooking pages using stacked layered templates. Once you've clipped in all of your pretty papers and photos, all you have to do is sprinkle a few embellishments here and there. It may look hard, but it's really fast and easy scrapbooking, for sure. That's the beauty of using templates.
If you wanted to use this concept traditionally, it will be a touch more work, but I've got a few tips to make it easy peasy for you.
Tips: Punches or cuttable nests will totally speed up the process. A cutting machine would be awesome, too. If you fill a sheet with all of the shapes required and have the machine do all of the hard cutting work, then you can scrap really fast this way. Digital templates often provide png format for this!
Concept #4: Pocket Scrapbooking or Project Life Styles Are Super Time Savers and So Easy
Another fairly newer concept of scrapbooking is pocket or project life style scrapbooking. There are so many advantages to this style of scrapbooking.
* One, it is super fast!
* Two, you don't need to be very creative.
* Three, Only limited materials are necessary. So, it has the potential to be very inexpensive, too.
We will definitely be writing more in-depth about this style in the future. It ticks off so many boxes for people who want to keep their memories in a scrapbook format. Maybe you don't have time, creativity or the desire to get down and scrappy. Add it to your list of easy scrapbooking ideas, for sure.
Here is a traditional example of a pocket page. You can purchase these special pocket scrapbooking sleeves and simply insert your photos in the pockets. You may accompany your photos with cute journal cards or pocket cards as well as popular digital scrapbooking elements. There are even collections you can buy specifically for pocket scrapbooking. Glitter, sequins and confetti are also nifty additions for inside the pockets.
Another traditional option is to use the format of pocket sleeves, but not use the sleeves. Personally, I love this idea. There are zero limitations and it will save you a lot of money because you don't have to buy the sleeves. Ka Ching! You could simply slide them in a regular sleeve if you like those.
Tip: Draw in the stitches to give it an even more authentic look.
Here's an example for you. Look, Mom! No photos!!!
Above, you can see how stunning products make absolutely gorgeous pages.
Here are a few more examples of digital scrapbooking ideas. The beauty of digi style project life pages is there are many more options. The actual pocket sleeves are more limited in format choices.
This page below got some serious attention in a few of the scrapbooking groups I'm in and Pinterest. I felt terrible because it scrapped up SO FAST! I used two concepts from the list, today. Large photo and project life style. The template made this page possible to design in less than 15 minutes!
Concept #5: Creative Photo Arrangements For Your Scrapbooking Pages
A really cool scrapbook layout idea is caterpillar cutting and placement. Well, that's what I have termed this manner of photo placement. The idea is to take one photo and cut it in a way that it becomes the feature of your page. It looks so cool and modern and depending on the size of your photo, it can take up a considerable amount of space on your page, too.
Matting the photo will enhance the effect. Templates for photos formatted like this are easy and time-saving.
Take a look at this example. The image is linked up to the free template.
Tip: Think really hard on the kind of picture that would work best with this method. Not all pictures are ideal for this kind of style. Also, consider exactly where to cut. Using a scenic photo is ideal. A photo with little details is also advised. Often, a peopled photo with considerable background works best.
Here is another digital layout with a stacked effect rather than a spread out one. Digital scrapbooking templates are highly recommended for this style of page layout.
Another very helpful tip when using this method is to make sure you don't cut down the middle of a person's face. It can look really weird. Add or include more background so you don't do this. You always want to make sure your cuts are at less important parts of the photo.
Concept #6: There is Nothing Square About Using Squares on Your Scrapbooking Pages
Squares are the easiest way to go as you see with the pocket style pages. There is no shame in going with a square look. It's very satisfying for those of you who like everything at a right angle. Using large and or mixed-sized squares is a very easy and fast way to scrapbook and it's yet another way to scrapbook simple.
Tip: Matting is an excellent way to introduce a new color, add contrast and add lift or dimension to your pages.
Here are a few different scrapbooking pages using squares for the basis of the page.
Concept #7 Angled Effect: Here's a Super Cool and Modern Style of Scrapbooking
This style of scrapbooking is way easy. Of course, all of the scrapbooking ideas for beginners that I've given so far are great for both digi scrapbooking as well as traditional and hybrid styles. Templates are excellent for this style simply because they save you so much time. You just clip in your desired paper and photos in the spots and if you like, add some elements, word art or journaling and you're all finished.
I would highly recommend using matting with this kind of page playout.
Check out these pages using this modern layout style.
Again, you don't have to add elements. Just some pictures and contrasting papers and matting would make a really great page.
Concept #8: A Minimalist Scrapbooking Style is Fresh and Modern
To say that a minimalist scrapbook is easy doesn't really seem fair. A minimalist style page might take hours to design, but it certainly doesn't have to. As you may have inferred, minimalist scrapbooking is using very few papers and embellishments or elements. More often than not, there is a lot of white space or blank space.
There are artistic styles of minimalist scrapbooking as well as traditional, basic styles.
Take a look at a few pages of minimalist scrapbooking and I'll walk you through the process and concept.
Now, here's a whole lot of white space and a simple scrapbooking layout. Some simple borders and few embellishments is all you see.
Minimalist style scrapbooking layouts are fresh, clean and modern. You can see how this is very appealing and they make super simple scrapbook layouts. They often require few elements and can scrap up quickly and easily.
Concept 9: Starburst or Sunburst are Bursting With Fun and They are Super Easy to Scrap
Last and certainly not least are sunbursts or starbursts. I love using this concept on my scrapbooking pages. It is really easy. Especially, if you use a digital template or cut file, which I will be providing for you.
I suppose this could have gone under concept #3. You could totally just use a paper of a sunburst background, but it is so much more fun building or designing your very own starburst so that it fits perfectly with the kit or collection you are using as well as with your photos.
Starbursts can come at all kinds of angles which makes them super versatile. Use this kind of paper, design or concept when you want to focus on a particular photo or two. Once you have scrapped up your sunburst, all you have to do is place your photos and embellish them if you wish. This kind of page and the concept of really fabulous papers are great for showing off quotes, journal cards and they are ideal for a title and or cover pages, too. Pimp it up by using digital scrapbooking elements or traditional ones. Pretty awesome, right?
Here are a few pages showing off the concept.
Go big with those photos and elements and it all gets scrapped up fast and easily.
Here is a template for traditional scrappers. Just cut out these basic shapes and trace around them on your chosen papers and or photographs. Place the rays as close together or as far apart as you like. Cut off any excess and don't worry about over-lapping that will go under the photo. (Click here for a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this traditionally.)
We've provided more free scrapbooking printables in the form of a sheet of elements in both jpg and png format as well as a mini digital paper pack that you can print or use digitally. Now, you can scrap even further using this concept or use them how you like for your very own scrapbook pages.
Here's what I did with the free goodies using some of the concepts above.
I kept these last scrapbooking pages as plain and simple as possible. Now, it's YOUR turn! I'm getting together a video on how to digital scrapbook in DesignScape. That's the free software that comes with your Plus membership at Design Bundles. Until then, I've got another blog and video with more scrapbooking freebies and a in-depth step by step on how to digi scrap with Photoshop Elements. Elements is an insanely easy software program similar to DesignScape.
I hope you've enjoyed all of the wonderful easy scrapbooking page layouts we've provided for you.
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