Spice Up Layouts with Memorable Words

Scrapbooking proves that a little can go a long way. This includes embellishments, photos and words. An experienced scrapper knows that it is never a good idea to crowd a layout with so many elements that it invokes sensory overload. I love scrapping with stickers, but there’s no way I could expect a page to pop if I covered the entire thing in adhesives and left little room for the photos and memorabilia to breathe.

The same can be said with journaling and the use of quotes. In my opinion, a little goes a long way. Quotes are a wonderful way to convey a certain mood that was felt during a specific time. In addition, they can also be used to preserve a special feeling. For example, many scrappers add quotes to wedding layouts, be it in the form of a best man’s toast or a few lines from the bride and groom’s wedding vows.

Finding the quote you want to feature in your page design is one thing; the next challenge is to find interesting ways to place them on the layout, so they don’t seem arbitrary. Some quotes are more challenging to place than others. If you are having difficulty finding ways to use quotes in a layout consider writing the words along the border of a page or photo frame. Another idea is to place the quote in a conversation bubble above or next to the photo of the person who uttered it. This is an especially good idea if you are using a quote from a child. You could also repeat the quote continuously on scrapbook paper, so it looks as though the entire page is nothing but one long quote. Yet another option is to use the quote as a title on the page.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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