Secrets of a Title Page

We often talk about the meaty parts of scrapbooking here, from visual storytelling to journaling prompts and everything in between. Today, instead of what comes in between, let’s discuss the very beginning, or at least front, of a complete scrapbook album—the title page!

The title page of an album is that very first page you see when you flip open the cover. It is there to provide a quick visual summary of the stories and memories beautifully documented inside. Regardless of your scrapping style, the title page is something that we all have in common. Without it, our albums look and feel incomplete.

So you know you need a title page for your album. How do you start? The very first, and probably biggest, “secret” to a good title page, is to create it last. After the inside of your album is done, then is when you should begin to think about designing your title page. There are several reasons for this. Creating the title page last allows you to pull from visual elements and themes illustrated throughout your pages and layouts, including topics, color schemes, and designs.

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Waiting until the end to make your title page will also allow you flexibility in your story telling. If you make a title page first, especially one that includes photos and journaling, you run the risk of not highlighting something that you add in later.

A title page can also work as a sort of “table of contents.” If you choose to go this route, use some of your extra photos to map out what someone can expect to see as they flip through your album. You can arrange them in order, number them, and add short blurbs, like in our example, or create a collage without any words.

Or you can create a title page without any photos. Add a title and journaling that corresponds with the photos you include on the following pages. If the “table of contents” approach isn’t your thing, a quick name referencing the topic of your album, like “Disney Vacation 2018” or “Grandma Gigi” or “My Favorite Things,” can also do the trick.

As you’re designing your title page, keep in mind that it is an extension of your album, your memories, and you. However you choose to make it, match the storytelling style you use inside, and most importantly make it your own.


Recipe

Make It from Your Heart Vol. 3: Pattern 17
B1539 My Acrylix® Pen Pal Alphabet Stamp Set, C1704 My Acrylix® Stargazer—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7230B Chelsea Gardens Paper Packet, X7227B Make Waves Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5967 Pacifica Cardstock, X5977 Crystal Blue Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2817 Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2892 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, X7229C Stargazer Complements, Z1297 Edge Distresser, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
½” Shape <Halloween> (p. 43, #M417CCA)

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Artwork for All Seasons

The release of another great idea book means we have an excuse to share even more artwork! When it comes to memory keeping, we know that each person takes a unique approach. We love to see beautiful, high-level artwork, but we know that it isn’t always realistic to add all the bells and whistles to every layout. After all, soccer practice, piano recitals, family meals, and all those other demands are important, too! Today’s artwork celebrates a style of memory keeping that is less elaborate, but no less lovely.

The beauties below are all done with just a few ingredients: B&T Duos™ papers and selected embellishments—no stamping required!

Heartstrings layout

12″ x 12″ You Had Me at Hello Layout
Magic: Card Trick™, X7193B Heartstrings Paper Packet, X7193C Heartstrings Complements, Z3015 Heartstrings Assortment, Z3024 White Shimmer Trim

The charming papers of the Heartstrings paper packet make beautiful layouts devoted to those you love.

Journaling spot

Did you notice that the journaling spot on this layout is really a Heartstrings Complement in disguise?

Heartstrings layout

12″ x 12″ Love These Moments Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 2, X7193B Heartstrings Paper Packet, X7193C Heartstrings Complements, Z3015 Heartstrings Assortment, Z3024 White Shimmer Trim

This layout is made of White Daisy bases accented by pieces of B&T from the Heartstrings paper packet.

Washi tape Complement

Aren’t these strips of washi tape fitting? Surprise! These aren’t washi tape strips at all—they’re stickers from the Heartstrings Complements. Their coordinating colors make them the perfect fit for this layout.

Hopscotch layout

12″ x 12″ Love This Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 6, X7194B Hopscotch Paper Packet, X7194C Hopscotch Complements, Z3016 Hopscotch Assortment, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment

This layout is a fun combination of the Hopscotch paper packet and the coordinating Complements.

Hexagon Complement

This Hopscotch hexagon sticker is a nice design element that is ready-to-add. It makes a beautiful page border as it is, but can also be trimmed to fit differently-shaped spaces on your layouts.

Hopscotch layout

12″ x 12″ Fun Day Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 10, X7194B Hopscotch Paper Packet, X7194C Hopscotch Complements, Z3016 Hopscotch Assortment, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment

You don’t have to add a lot to a layout to make it complete! The clean and classy look of this layout is very attractive.

Hopscotch title Complement

The size of a title isn’t the only feature that can make it stand out. This sentiment from the Hopscotch Complements captures the right tone of the layout and draws the eye right away. It achieves the same look as a stamped image without getting your fingers inky!

Thanks to our coordinating papers and accessories, you’ve got lots of tools at your disposal for creating quality layouts. Get started with these adorable new products from Seasonal Expressions 1!

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