Top 5 Techniques to Creating a Professional Scrapbook Design

There is no actual “trick” or secret technique to creating a professional-looking scrapbook design. Rather, it is a mixture of hard work, study, and practice. The professionals spend a lot of time perfecting techniques and learning new ones, and the works of art that you see inside the magazines and on the websites are products of their hard work and experience.

We all want a professional, gorgeous scrapbook design. You open a scrapbooking magazine or go online to a scrapbooking website, and you just marvel at all those gorgeous designs and layouts that the pro scrapbookers keep turning out. How do they do that? Is there a trick or maybe a secret technique that only the pros know about?

However, there are several ways to create your own professional-looking scrapbook pages. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out in scrapbooking or have been enjoying the hobby for quite some time now; just remember and practice these techniques and you’ll soon be creating gorgeous pages that look just like the pros.

1. Backgrounds - You should always pay attention to the backgrounds that you are using for your layouts. Use backing paper for all your pages, no matter what the theme or subject is. If you want to spread out a layout across multiple pages, use complementary backing paper for all of them. And don’t forget to choose backing paper that will highlight the main subjects of your pages, not compete with them for the attention of your audience.

2. Mount your photos -
Always mount your photographs on cardstock or other stiff paper. If you’re wondering why, just pick up two identical pictures, mount one of them on paper, then place the two pictures on your page and you can see which one looks like it was done by a pro.

3. Less is more –
Pick out and use the one picture (or two, if absolutely necessary) that really help to tell the story or send the message that you want, and discard the rest for another entirely different project. Then select and use only a few important embellishments that will help to enhance the look and add to the story. By doing this, you will avoid overcrowding your page with lots of elements that do nothing but clutter it up.

4. Be consistent -
Try browsing a scrapbooking magazine or a website, and look for the works of the pros. You will find that they all have a similar look and feel to them, even if they are actually different pages. So how do you achieve this? Just maintain consistency by using the same writing style and colors all throughout your scrapbook.

You also need to be consistent with your embellishments, like for example, putting a caption for one photo means that you should put captions on all the other photos as well.

5. Keep it clean -
This means being on the lookout for anything that may ruin the polished, professional look that you want. Do you use fabric on your pages? Keep a lookout for those frayed threads and snip them off with a pair of scissors, or you can use some clear varnish to seal the edges. If you’re using glue or any liquids, always make sure to look for and clean up any spills and stains.