Make Your Layouts Sing


With the advent of iPads, smartphones and digital notebooks, it’s no surprise that these days technology has advanced to the point where you can make your scrapbooks sing.

I recently helped a friend craft a music-themed memory album for her tweenage son upon his return from band camp. We considered adding sound to the layouts, but decided against it at the last minute. Since my pal’s son didn’t bring back audio clips from the camp, we didn’t think sticking in a random recording would be appropriate.

Of course, you could easily jazz up a music-themed layout by adding a Scrapbook Alive voice recorder. The tiny white tool allows you to record up to 10 seconds of sound on an imbedded microchip, and then play it back for your friends and family members as they view your scrapbook pages. So, not only can they see your pictures and read your journaling, but they can also share a special moment by being able to hear a favorite song or unique audio clip.

If you forgo the voice recorder, don’t think that your layouts will fall flat. There are hundreds of scrapbooking supplies available for crafters looking to create music-themed albums. Often, it helps if you narrow down your search by selecting a particular type of music. For example, if you are into country music, you can easily design a stunning backdrop for concert photos, tickets, stickers and other mementos with specialty paper and embellishments.

Craft stores and scrapbooking websites are crammed with acid-free country music theme scrapbook paper, which features images of cowboy hats, microphones, boots, guitars and lariats. Other scrapbook paper designs that can be used in a country music-themed book include: red and white gingham, calico print, wanted posters, horseshoes, hay bales, stagecoaches, saddles and lassos. Once you select your background paper and photos, consider adding some small bits of rope as a page border, and cowboy boot stickers in a two-step or line dancing pattern.

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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.