We’ve been over some, easy, creative ways to jump-start you’re title work in the past two weeks using word art and then adding a word or two of your own to word art. Yet, sometimes word art just doesn’t fit the mood or theme of your page, yet, you are still drawing blank. My go-to strategy in this situation is to borrow a title that already exists from music or movies or books that fits my page.
The advantage to, ahem, borrowing a title is that you give viewers something instantly relatable and understandable. If a title is relatable, people want to delve into your page. Since we often associate these titles with certain feelings or moods, it adds personal meaning into our layouts easily. In the future generations, that title will be a clue to the culture at the time the layout was created. Oh, and it’s a lot easier than coming up with a stellar original title.
To start using this strategy, you’ll need to plug in to your scrapbooking storytelling process. We talked about intention in previous posts, so let’s combine that with some awareness. There are three things to do when starting a page that will make coming up with a borrowed title a snap:
Look at your photos. Do any songs come to mind? Do any scenes from movies, tv shows, books, poems pop into your head?
Look at the product you’re using. Does it bring any known titles to mind? Is that driving the story of your page?
Think about the story of your page. Do any characters, lyrics, or quotes from our culture come to mind?
If you aren’t clear on the story of your page when you sit down to scrap, pay attention to your thoughts as you work your photos and product. Chances are, these questions will be answered as you scrap.
This page borrows it’s title from the movie Riding in Cars with Boys. It was the perfect fit for a story of my son’s limited time as a passenger. The word “boys” can be easily substituted with any noun to fit any page about cars.
This page is about my husband’s Fathers Day gift. The Fault in Our Stars refers to the book by John Green, but it’s also a movie. It’s an obvious choice here for my page, but it could also be used for other stories easily. If this were a page our relationship, a personal struggle or even the night sky, the title of the book would still work.
The title Best Day Ever may seem like an common sentiment in scrapbooking, but this title is actually taking from a song by Spongebob Squarepants. For my family, the title has an extra layer of meaning because we’ll sometimes break out into song when we’re looking forward to an fun event or generally having a good time. This page is about my son’s birthday party, which qualifies as a “best day ever,” according to him.
The bonus to this strategy is that you can take it a few steps further: You can use quotes from your favorite characters or celebrities, lyrics from songs or poems. If something doesn’t quite fit the story of your page, you can take creative license to modify the words in your title to make them fit.
“Hashtag” Selfie title was borrowed from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’s popular (and kinda annoying), recurring “hashtag” sketch. A perfectly silly start for my title to go with photos of my son hamming it up… and if you have a teenager, you can know that this type of behavior is fun for awhile, but can kinda annoying an hour later, just like five minutes of Fallon’s verbal hashtag-ing action.
When I began this page, I didn’t have a particular story or title in mind. I did have the product and the photo- it’s all about coffee. I also had Lorde’s Royals playing while I was scrapping the page. I really wanted to use part of that song in my title, but nothing fit the coffee story. Instead, I used part of the chorus, changing the line “let me live that fantasy” to “really it’s all I need.” Rhythmically, it works for the song and thematically it fits the story of my husband, who treats me like a queen, making coffee for me on demand.
The key for this strategy is to use what you know, be aware of your thoughts and process and be intentional. Be aware of your thoughts when looking at your product and photos. Pay attention to what songs, books, movies or quotes come to mind when you start working on your page. Then borrow a great title… and get creative and intentional with a title so that it fits your page and your story.
Take action: Create a page with a borrowed title. Then take a title that almost works and fit it to your story. Share your work in the comments… or ask questions.
Next week… pulling titles from the people in your stories.
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