..which seems as good a day as any again this week for Thinking Out Loud. And today I'm thinking about what it takes to make a good page.
- what does it take for you to finish a page and lean back and say to yourself - this one works and I like it?
- or, when you look at a page by somebody else, what makes you say - wish I'd made that one?
What works for you?
- Let's start with finishing it because I bet somebody's thinking it. It's a good point. It's not often I start one page before finishing another; but it has happened and then it's harder to go back. Or is it? Anyone make lots of pages and then add all the journaling, say, in one sitting?
- Is it the design? Of course there are tricks you can learn to help a page look pleasing to the eye; and if your brain likes what it sees. it will make you stop and look a bit more - but maybe a page with heart is just as attractive? Certainly it's just as important. Fifty years from now, someone dipping into your scrapbook will be there - probably- because they want to find out something about your or your family and not just because they like pretty pictures
- The photo? It's no secret that I like to make pages with any photo I can get my hands on. If I have no photo at all, I do without. And I'm happy with that. But there are many, many talented photographers out there who take gorgeous photos and add them to layouts and make us stop in our tracks. Their success isn't only in pulling me in to look at their pages, it's in their pushing me on to try to take better pictures.
- The story? Would you be surprised if I said I don't think all pages need a story? Maybe you don't agree? Year ago, scrapbooks were repositories, like day books for recipes and quotes and thoughts, scraps of fabric, even, or postcards. I'd like to see more of this kind of scrapbooking today. Pages with memorabilia or a great saying or line from a song? They are good pages!
- and I guess that means that I don't think you need a lot of fancy stuff to make a good page either. I love to shop for it, and I get pleasure from using it; but what I don't need are lots and lots of special exclusives or limited editions. Because I love to see scrapbooking as a leveller.I think it shows us how alike most of us are underneath it all. We all - mostly- face the same challenges in life, look for the same good bits, try to get through the same bad bits. Pages we can all relate to are good pages. And you don't need fancy stuff for that.
- So, what does that leave? Crazy pages about one off funny incidents? Pages about feelings? about life changing events? The subject, then. And if the subject matters to you, then you'll turn it into a good page, with or without any of the extras. And you'll have had fun doing it. What do you think?
What do you need for a good page? I bet I've left something out...
My pictures today come from a little album I made for a Scrap365 article Twenty Things Good Scrapbookers Need to Know which originally appeared in April this year.