Patterning and Spacing in Your Scrapbooks
How can you arrange your scrapbook page to best show off your
mementos and embellishments? You can place everything in the
center of your page, place a single focus item in the center, or
divide the page into sections adding items to each section. You
may also choose to lay the items out in a standard recipe or
Shapes also make interesting placement patterns. Common shapes
include circles, squares, hearts, and stars. However, you can
also place items in object patterns such as mountains, trains, or
The shape you choose for your scrapbook will depend entirely
on your theme. For instance, a logical shape for a wedding or
Valentines Day scrapbook is a heart. A nice shape for a Christmas
scrapbook is a Christmas tree. You might make a cake pattern for
you niece the pastry cook. Let your imagination and creativity be
Various ready made patterning templates are available on the
Spacing is a difficult matter. There is a fine line between
having a balanced scrapbook page and a gaudy mess. If items are
too closely spaced your reader will feel overwhelmed. If your
items are spaced to far apart your viewer will feel short
Look at your page.
Close your eyes.
Open them again.
Does your page look cluttered?
Does your page have more photographs than background?
Are your embellishments drawing the focus away from your
Then, you need to simplify your page a bit and increase the
spacing between objects. Remember you can always add more
Is your page bare?
Is your page uninteresting and colorless?
Then, think about adding some more mementos and colorful
embellishments. In this way, you can decrease the spacing between
objects making your page more energetic.
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