The other week, I talked about pulling a title from your journaling using two different approaches. One of those approaches gave you a place to put your title and the other meant you had to find a spot on your page to place it. It occurred to me that you may not know exactly how to carve out that space and not knowing where to put it or make space for it might discourage you from using a title. For the final post in this series, you’ll learn how to always have room for a title on your scrapbook pages.
First, you need a crash course in the fundamentals of page design and process. These things are universal, meaning everyone uses some or all of these basics when creating a layout.
You probably already know, or maybe you haven’t thought about at all, but it is an actual thing… that every scrapbook page is made up of some or all of these parts:
- Canvas- every page has a canvas
Also, there are some design principles found in every page, even if you don’t know the first thing about design principles. Some of these, we’ve already touched on in the this series.
These principles are:
- Emphasis– an area or object within the artwork that draws attention and becomes a focal point.
- Flow– used to guide the viewer through the page
- Shape– an area that stands out from the space next to or around it due to a defined or implied boundary, or because of differences of value, color, or texture.
- Color– well, you know what color is, but for consistenty’s sake, it’s defined as is the part of light that is reflected by the object we see
Being able to put names to the parts of your page and identify the design principles you are using will help you understand how all these parts and principles are interacting together to make your page design work. The one design principle that every page has is shape.
Here is a cheat sheet for you:
Finally, we all have a process by which we create our pages. While that process is made up of your personal scrapbook habits, we all start with one or some of the following things:
- with a photo or photos
- with product we want to use
- with a story or memory we want to tell
- with a page design idea
In your personal process, your title may come to you at the beginning, middle or end. So how do you decide where to put it and how do you make room for a title on your scrapbook page if you haven’t planned for it? How does knowing these fundamental things help you know where to place your title?
It’s all about the SHAPE on your CANVAS. The trick to finding a space for your title is to figure out how it is going to fit in with or relate to the shape you’ve created on your page. While there are infinite possibilities for creating a scrapbook page, the amount of shapes in the known universe is limited. That’s a good thing because narrows down the places your title can placed on your page.
When considering where to put your title, ask yourself the following:
- What shape(s) have I created on my page?
- Is there enough space inside the shape for your title? Where?
- Will it add or detract for your focal point and the flow of the page?
- Can you use your title to extend the shape you’ve created in an interesting way?
- Would it serve your page better to live outside the shape?
- Will the title living outside the shape create a new shape on the canvas?
- How would that new shape effect the flow and emphasis of your page?
- Can you split your title up and have it make sense on the page?
For example, in this page, the title came at the end of my process. This page is very loose feeling, but you see I’ve created a triangle shape. (and a good way to create visual interest is break the borders of the shape as long as you aren’t distorting that shape).
- If I put my title at the bottom of the triangle, it will have to be small in order to fit mostly in the shape’s borders. I don’t want my title to compete with the other word art, so it will need to be large.
- If I put a large title on the left side of the triangle, it may distort the triangle shape, which will disturb the flow of my page.
- If I put the title at the top of the triangle, it will add emphasis to my photo. There is also plenty of white space in my photo to layer on my title.
Now you can see the page with the title added:
I’ve just used the very basics of page design to find room for my title.
Sometimes, your design will make more than one shape. I’ll give you the brief run-down of what to do when shapes get more complex…
In Seriously?, I’ve created a rectangle and diamond. When you have two shapes on a page, it’s a good rule of thumb to keep the title in the boundaries of one of the shapes. Notice how the title ends near the convergence of the two shapes? Whenever there is an intersection of lines, it’s good spot to begin or end a title. Think about the sweet spots in the rule of thirds… it’s a similar concept. (notice also that all the embellishments tend to be near those intersections, too…oh, the power of shapes!)
Now try this:
- Pay attention to the parts of your page and your process. Where did you start and what did you include on your canvas?
- Define the shapes that are on your page.
- Use shape, emphasis and flow to decide where place your title at the end of your process.
- Look back at your older layouts. Do you see the shapes you’ve created? How do your titles relate to those shapes?
With a little practice, you’ll master these concepts and won’t have to worry about not pre-planning a place to put your title!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this free series as much as I have enjoyed creating it! I also hope you officially love titles and feel more confident creating them. If you have any questions, leave them below. If you’d like to start at the beginning of the series, click here.