Weekly Warm-Up: Try This Scrapbook Layout Formula

Isn’t it fun to come up with new designs for your scrapbooking layouts? I like to find designs that work for me and reuse them. A current favorite design of mine is based on dividing the page into thirds.

"I Love Taking Pictures" scrapbook layout

The Rule of Thirds

1/3 photos + 1/3 title and embellishments + 1/3 white space = well designed layout

"Goblin Valley" scrapbook layout

sketch for "Goblin Valley" scrapbook layout

Any way you divide it you can make the design work. Try it out on your next project and see how fun it can be to play with thirds.


Want to learn more about scrapbook page design?  One lucky winner will win a spot in the following two classes:

Design Challenges, taught by Elizabeth Dillow with Stacy Julian

"3,037,648" scrapbook layout

Fitting scrapbooking into a busy schedule can be tricky; even more so if you’re feeling a little stale, bored, or generally uninspired! Scrapbooking is about the photos and the words that make up your memories, of course, but if you lose sight of the value of the process, our beloved hobby can feel a little like a chore—and scrapbooking should never feel like a chore. If your creative process is feeling a little anemic or you simply want the accountability of a challenge to reset your creative focus, you need Design Challenges!


Scrapbooking on the Grid, taught by Wendy Smedley

"J & E" scrapbook layout

You don’t have to be a magician to learn a few scrapbooking magic tricks! You don’t have to be a trained graphic designer to use proven principles of design on your scrapbook pages, either. In this class, you’ll discover how to use a grid structure to create beautiful pages for any scrapbooking style. You’ll gain an understanding of how to spot grids (even the ones that seem invisible!) and how to adapt them as a foundation for photos, product, or white space. You’ll never look at a blank piece of cardstock the same way again!

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling us if you’ve ever taken an online scrapbook class, and if so, what you learned from it. Whether you’re inside or outside the US, your entry is welcome until Monday, April 16, 2012, at 9:00 am (MDT). Winners will be posted here.

—Wendy Smedley, Big Picture Classes

Congratulations to our winner, Patricia! Watch for an email from CK to claim your prize.

Patricia says:
Yes I have taken several online classes and classes at conventions and stores. Each time is an inspiration and chance to experience new ideas and techniques. These classes sound like they would be inspirational and provide new creative outlets. I would love to participate, thanks for offering them.
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96 Responses to Weekly Warm-Up: Try This Scrapbook Layout Formula

  1. Sarah A. says:

    I have taken several as well and ALWAYS learn something new – whether it is how to take better photos or a new use of supplies.I love taking classes!

  2. Melissa Johnson says:

    I’ve never taken one…would really love to!

  3. Jen W. says:

    I have never taken an online class but I’d like to try one out!

  4. Catherine Franz says:

    I have never taken an online scrapbooking class. I can’t imagine how it can work, really. I’m a visual person and need that visual component. Would like to try one though. I do so like to learn.

  5. Steffanie S says:

    I have never taken an online scrapbooking class. I once took a photo editing class from Jessica Sprague—I learned so much! I would love to have a chance at a seat in one of these classes. New ways of thinking are always good!

  6. lee jurak says:

    i keep postponing from signing up for online classes….i do watch tutorial videos and learn techniques…

  7. Rebekah N says:

    Would love to learn something new!

  8. Gayle Lucas says:

    I have taken a few classes online and have learned how to take better photos and how to use fonts to make the titles standout better. Love learning new things!

  9. Susan o. says:

    I love online classes! I can stay in my pjs and scrap with creative teachers!,

  10. Stephanie DiSabato says:

    I took the self-paced clustering class at Big Picture classes. I loved learning how to build each level.

  11. eunice says:

    No! Have registered for a couple but never find the time. :( Do take live in person ones, though, and love them. How much better to be comfy cozy at home??!

  12. Stacey says:

    I would love to try an online class, although I think I would need some structure since I’m a procrastinator in every level of life ;)

  13. Jean riddler says:

    I have only recently started scrapbooking my new grand-daughter’s photos and I am so in need of online lessons!! There is so much I have to learn. Yes please, do pick me !!

  14. norwegian_gal says:

    I haven’t tried any online classes, but would love to try one! :) Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. Celeste B. says:

    I have taken an online class but it has been many years. I did enjoy it.

  16. LCJinRoslyn PA says:

    I’d love to try a design class. Am going to try the “rule of thirds” on my next LO!

  17. Sandy Muffley says:

    I haven’t taken any online classes, but I love to learn new techniques.

  18. Crystal says:

    I’ve only taken the free online classes at Big Picture.

  19. Debra says:

    I love Big Picture Classes!! Wish I was at home to take a new class every week!

  20. Diann Cornell says:

    I’m new to scrapbooking and have never taken a class.

  21. Lya L. says:

    I wish I could take more online classes – thanks for the chance to win!

  22. Sandy L says:

    I have! I learned about digital scrapping and using Adobe Elements. I’d sure like to take one of these, too! I am creating one scrapbook for our granddaughter and one for our son and his wife, who was in Iraq traing Army Nurses. Thank you for the chance!

  23. Mel H says:

    I’ve taken a lot, and right now I’m learning a lot from Kerri Bradford’s Silhouette class…especially the print and cut feature…awesome!

  24. Monica Woodward says:

    I have yet to try an online class. Its on my to do list.

  25. charlene says:

    sounds fun!

  26. Carol M. says:

    I’ve taken a couple classes in the past and loved them!!! I’d be thrilled to be able to take one again!! I am feeling in a bit of slump these days and think this would be a great pick-me-up!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  27. Lori Glennon says:

    I have taken an online class but it has been many years. I did enjoy it.

  28. Cindy D says:

    I’ve never taken an online class. I would love to win!

  29. Cindy M says:

    I have never tried an online class but it sounds like a great idea. I would greatly appreciate chance. Thanks for all the good tips at Club Ck.

  30. Ange says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Would love to win a spot in one of those classes.

  31. Cheri says:

    I am currently taking the 28 sketches class with Lisa Day at Big Picture and am looking forward to TruScrap next week. Lisa’s sketches feature different photo sizes so I have forced myself to learn how to resize my photos for layouts.

  32. Patricia says:

    Yes I have taken several online classes and classes at conventions and stores. Each time is an inspiration and chance to experience new ideas and techniques. These classes sound like they would be inspirational and provide new creative outlets. I would love to participate, thanks for offering them.

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  34. Alissa Gosch says:

    I haven’t ever had the opportunity to do an online scrapbooking class and boy am I jealous of everyone who has. We seem to be so far behind you all in the US over here in Oz so I love seeing these new things to do to improve and create some more amazing pages. Would love to take part in an online class!

  35. no, but it sounds fun!

  36. Melinda Wilson says:

    Yes, I have taken an online class and it was a six month class from BPS about graduation. It was awesome class and I ended up completing it twice since I had two sons that graduated within a couple of years. It taught me how to combine only the highlights of each school years and childhood years. Should I never get back to scrapbooking any additional layouts, they have a very nice album from each year from birth through high school graduation.

  37. Lynda says:

    I have taken an online class, and in fact, it was yours’, Wendy – The Organized & Inspired Scrapbooker from BP. I learned SOOO much. My joy & speed of scrapping has improved tremendously. I now know what I have & exactly where it is. I have to admit though that I didn’t reach this point until about a year after I finished the class. I spent too much time scrapping & not enough time purging!

  38. Barbara says:

    I haven’t taken an online class but would love to learn more about scrapbooking.

  39. Becky says:

    Yes I’ve taken several classes at Big Picture Classes. I just finished ” Finish Line Scrapbooking” and learned a really cool (and a challenge to my normal routine of scrapping) method of making a quick, intuitive 6×6 memory of an event or relationship. I scrapped 45+ photos of a recent vacation and finished my book in 5 hours! Super fun!

  40. Valerie says:

    Less than a year ago I took my first online Art Journal-class “In the sun”.
    Last month I enjoyed “Journal In Your Pocket” (also an Art Journal-class).
    I enjoyed both of them and although there may be a difference between Art Journaling and Scrapbooking, I’m sure I would really enjoy the classes that are offered.
    What I learned in those previous classes? Different techniques and having fun being creative!

  41. Kate says:

    Yes! I’ve taken online classes before and they are sooo worth it. I’ve learned new techniques, and always come away with loads of ideas and inspiration!!

  42. Linda Johnson says:

    Love to learn design such as the scrapbooking on the grid. Looks like a style I would enjoy working with. So I will cross my fingers!!

  43. Yes, I am currently taking the ’28 Days of Sketches’ class with Lisa Day and I am LOVING it! Most of the sketches have been for one page layouts so this class has really taken me out of my comfort zone as I’ve always been a two-page scrapper. I have also learned how to scrap just one photo on a page and have it turn out amazing! I’d like to give a huge shout-out to Lisa Day and Big Picture Classes for offering this wonderful class and would be so thrilled if I could win the two classes in this drawing. They have been on my list of things to do as they look to be just as exciting as the one I am taking now! My fingers are crossed!

  44. Susan Dickinson says:

    I’ve never taken one.

  45. Susan Dickinson says:

    I’ve done mostly card making, but need to make some scrapbooks.

  46. sherry says:

    I started a class but had to drop out, my computer went down!
    Could really use the classes you offer!

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