Ever look at a scrapbook layout you love and wonder how the scrapbooker chose which products to use? How do masterful designers decide which colors, shapes, and composition would best reflect the feeling of their layouts? It’s about more than just pretty paper that matches their photos or the latest trends. If you look more carefully, you’ll see that there are subtle (and not so subtle) reflections of the story in the design.
Hi, this is Rachel Kaufman from Scrapbooking from the Inside Out, and I’m going to show you how our designers have tied the visual design of their scrapbook layouts to the story they’re trying to tell.
Using Symbolism in Scrapbooking
A horizontal strip of paper can represent forward motion, layers can evoke complexity, clusters of embellishments can create warmth and comfort. Sometimes symbolism is more direct–a lotus flower speaks of peace and serenity, a butterfly illustrates freedom and transformation, and closed flower buds embody the potential for growth and opening. This visual amplification of the words and photos in a layout is what makes it go from good to great—from a nice page to a moving piece of expressive art.
Utilizing wonderful symbolism included in our new kit, and their own artistic imagination, our design team created some beautiful layouts on the subject of contentment.
Examples of Symbols in Scrapbook Layouts
Design Team Coordinator Melissa Elsner used woodgrain and a cozy grouping of flowers, a clock, and a wire heart-shaped hanger to help tell the story of the memory of the ease and contentment of childhood.
Jen Matott creates a vision of a far away place with her use of lotuses, her central image floating on the page and a rising and setting sun with her paper. A great image of a content moment.
Nicole Martel uses a title that blends into her background and a sprinkling of paint to express the aphorism “to see the rainbow you’ve got to experience the rain.”
Bonita Rose Kempenich created a diamond shape on her layout with her title and journaling, reflecting the beauty and value of family harmony.
Scrapbook Kit Giveaway
Are there symbols you turn to on your layouts time and time again? Comment here and let us know what symbols you would use to demonstrate contentment, and you might win our newest kit. Entries must be received by Monday, April 9, at 9:00 am (MDT). Sorry, we can only ship prizes to people in the United States.
Our newest kit, contentment, helps you combine color, design, and symbols to help your creative heart express itself.
And do come join us at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out and grab your kit and our free multimedia inspiration now…we would love to welcome you and join you on your journey. Come on by and explore your inner world!
–Rachel Kaufman, Scrapbooking from the Inside Out
P.S. Want more great tips on incorporating meaning into your visual design? Check out the following resources:
- Let Your Loved Ones Inspire Your Design
- One-Hour Challenge: Scrapbooking Family Style
- “Scrapbook Family Style” in the March/April 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine
P. P.S. Don’t forget to download CK Parakeet for Free Font Friday!
Congratulations to our winner, Cori W! Watch for an email to claim your prize.
I think that I tend to use clouds to show contentment.