Let’s be honest, with all the photos, embellishments, cardstock and other scrapbooking supplies, it can be really hard to pinpoint a focal point on your scrapbook pages.
The first step to making an eye-catching focal point is to ask the right questions. What is the story you want to tell? What do you want people to focus on most when looking at your scrapbook pages? What other supplies can you use to enhance your story?
The Secret Sauce…
Before we get into our list of quick tips for choosing a scrapbook page focal point, it’s important to know this secret. Are you ready? The secret sauce behind any great layout is flow. You need to make an impact with the color combinations, shapes, scrapbooking embellishments and photos you choose. It should all work together to guide the eye to your focal point.
Now that you know the secret, you can use these 10 quick tips to make a scrapbook page worthy of some attention.
- Size matters – Making your main focus larger than the rest of the pieces on your page is one easy way to guarantee it gets attention. Enlarge your favorite photo and tell your story.
- Create layers – Just like cake, your scrapbook page has layers. Adding matting to your photos is a great way to make them pop against your cardstock bringing more focus where you want it most.
- Empty space – Just as important as the photos and embellishments on your page, the negative space needs to lead the eye to your main focus.
- Law of attraction – Grouping embellishments, journaling and other accents around your main focus is a great way to create a proximity that attracts the eye.
- Pick a position – Your focal point doesn’t have to be in the center of a page. By putting your favorite photo away from the other pieces on your page will make it seem more important.
- Disorient – Consider turning things on their sides, literally. By angling your main photo differently than the rest, you can be sure it catches the most attention.
- Ride the rainbow – Not surprising, using a contrasting color to mat your photos or to embellish the space around your main photo will automatically make it seem more important.
- Get in close – If most of your photos are taken from a distance, consider cropping or snapping a very close-up photo. This will add visual interest to your page and create a dynamic focal point.
- Crop it – If you have too many photos competing for attention on your page, consider reducing the size of the less important ones. You’ll still get all your photos on the page, but you won’t pull focus away from what matters most.
- Less is more – When you want things to stand out on your page, don’t give them a lot of scrapbooking supplies and embellishments to compete with.
What are you waiting for? Stop focusing your attention on this post and try out these quick scrapbooking ideas on your next layout.
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