Lets start with a question. Does every scrapbook page need a title? See, I'm not sure that it does. A cleverly thought out title can pull you in, that's for sure; it can make you smile, charm you into wanting to look more closely. It can cue you into what the page is about (though of course that's what the photo is there for, too); and if it's properly considered as a design element it can add emphasis, draw your eye to the main event, and make use of colour or type in a way which makes your page really pop.
And yet...all of this can also be done in other ways. I remember saying as much to Debbie Hodge when she interviewed me for "Single and Pretty" last year; and she replied that she thought a title was always a good idea. Certainly, when I started scrapbooking, I began a list of titles I'd collect from newspaper headlines, song titles, advertising slogans, anything I could tweak a little. But that list got left behind in a notebook under a pile of other notebooks; and I've been getting lazy.
There are so many cleverly cut big wood veneer phrases and pre printed Life Pages cards out there at the minute that I've been using those instead of coming up with something myself. So, when Get It Scrapped asked me to make a page demonstrating one of my scrapbook masteries, I decided to go back to what I enjoy and gather together some words which work.
Um, yes: another food page, about another weakness. It seems to be a running theme at the moment.But it's true: I've hardly ever met a doughnut I haven't wanted to stretch out my hand and grab. And they always look better on my special plate. They're the fault. On my stars. I hope taking the book title and changing it works. On this page I think I needed a title to add impact to a layout about a very little thing. The title turns it into more of an event. And has persuaded me to lose my sloppy ways. I need to get a good titling groove going again.
And that reminds me. A couple of years ago I came up with a list of easily transferable, stick anywhere titles for use in an emergency. If you can't find the words, you are very welcome to use these ones. No, they won't win many prizes for originality; but if you are feeling that your page is lacking in the colour, or shape, or energy some judicious use of a few alphas can bring, and you are lost for a phrase or two, you might find something here to suit
No Title: No Problem
And if you are looking for more, try googling "title generators". Lots of the ideas will have you thinking about blog posts too. Join me in a snack first, though, won't you?
My page today was made for the new Get It Scrapped blog article How To Scrapbook Faster By Doing More Of What You're Good At