Short and Sweet

When it comes to scrapbook layout titles, I like ‘em short and sweet. I don’t care for long, languishing titles that sprawl across two pages, snake around corners and trail down the sides of page designs.

But that’s just me.

I get a certain satisfaction from coming up with cute quips that double as bold titles. What’s more, when you have a short title you have more flexibility in your layout. For starters, you don’t have to worry about squeezing all of the words on a single page. Moreover, you save money by not having to use as many embellishments to spell out the title. In fact, one of the reasons I embrace tiny titles as much as I do is because once I was short a few stickers while designing a six-word title. Rather than run to the scrapbook supply shop to pick up additional “E” stickers, I simply reduced the title to three words.

Lest you think that short is not always sweet, take a look at some of the teensy titles I’ve used on past layouts:

Beach or Pool Themed Layouts: Surf’s Up; Make a Splash; Making Waves; Bahama Mama; Shark Bait; Beach Babe; Summer Lovin’ and Pool Rules.

Baby Themed Layouts: Born to Be Wild; Diaper Duty; Got Milk?; Daddy’s Princess; Shake, Rattle and Roll; Go, Go, Grandma; Bottom’s Up.

Vacation Themed Layouts: Are We There Yet?; Cruisin’; All Aboard for Fun; Hawaii or Bust; The Reel Deal (for a fishing adventure); Let the Good Times Roll; and Thrills and Chills (for trips to the amusement park).

Food Themed Layouts: Grillin’ and Chillin’; Piece of Cake; Easy as Pie; Vegging Out; and Seasons Eatings.

Animal Themed Layouts: Monkeying Around; Hold Your Horses; I Toad You So; Grin and Bear It; Fur Babies; Licks of Love; Free as a Bird; and Santa Paws.

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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.