Combining basic scrapbook components should give any scrapbooking enthusiast a nice pretty
finished layout, but how can you know when it's done? The typical recipe for
chocolate chip cookies basically includes sugars, butter, eggs, flour,
vanilla and chocolate chips. Ten minutes in the oven and the the beep of the timer lets you know the cookies are done.
Just as the
cookies are made with some necessary ingredients there are also some
essential components for your scrapbook layout.
simple or classic layout recipe might be finished in a shorter period
of time while the recipe for a collage layout would possibly take
longer to ‘cook.' Just as the addition of nuts or butterscotch chips
and oatmeal would add to the baker's enjoyment of the cookies, so too,
the addition of other products and papers adds to the scrapbooker's
delight when finishing a layout entree.
Any scrapbooker should ask themselves a few questions before bringing their finishede page to the table.
- Did I choose photos that grab my viewer?
- Have I told my story get a reaction from my reader?
- Does my title capture the overall flavor of my message?
- Do the embellishments add to the meaning of the overall design?
you have followed the recipe for a basic layout and answered yes to
these questions, you can assume that your layout is ready for prime time. It is finished, at least until you look
at it months later and resist the temptation to tinker with it once
It is good to remember that fellow scrapbookers
often include items on their pages that yield a finished product
according to their own personal tastes. After all, some of us like
walnuts in our chocolate chip cookies, some of us like pecans, and some
of us just eat them plain.
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