Jackie: How can you possibly make your layouts before you know what photos you're going to use?
Juli: How can you possibly make your layouts according to, and based on, the photos you want to scrapbook?
Once in awhile I will do a layout "Jackie's way" based on the photos I know I want to use, but it just seems to take me a longer time. I usually have my layouts all done so that when I get my photos together, I just "make them fit" the layout. Sometimes I add an embellishment or two (or eight), sometimes I add a title, and I usually make a spot for journaling. For me, making the layouts ahead of time works better.
No matter how you do your scrabook pages and layouts, just do it!
Yesterday I showed you a layout of mine that went from ordinary to hand crafted. Here are a few different ways you might arrange your photos.
One photo and title added (for the title, I used CTMH's Keepsake Felt adhesive-based Alphabet, page 129 of the 2012 Spring/Summer catalog - item #Z1696 $5.95):
Want to add more than one photo?
Companion page - two photos: you could journal on a 3x3 piece of Colonial White (CTMH) and place it in the top right corner:
Double mat - or not! Sometimes placing your photos on a double mat seems to make it more polished.
Or maybe you want to add just one 5x7 photo (size can be adjusted)
Sometimes I make mistakes (can't believe I just said that outloud!) Some of my mistakes are little "oops" and sometime they are HUGE! I've found that most are fixable.
I have been on a mission lately to use up my older products and move on with the new ones, so while searching my "stash", I found an "irresistable" piece of chipboard. CTMH makes a line of "irresistables" and this piece had to be a couple years old. Irresistables are so named because even though they are white chipboard, there is a design in the chipboard itself. When you ink the chipboard, the design pattern "resists" the ink, there by making a colored embellishment. It was only after I inked the piece that I noticed that it had a small tear in it, and that tear had resisted the ink as well as the design. I still wanted to use it and I really liked the little bit of the tulip color, but it looked really bad!
After covering the "oops" with a button-topped flower, I like it even more. Granted, this is a small "oops", and I have made much worse ones. Most can be fixed easily:
Long story short - there is no wrong way to scrapbook! The idea of scrapbooking is to preserve your memories and tell a story.