Do you really need introductions in your scrapbook albums?
Let me just say that before I add title pages to the fronts of my scrapbooks, my experience of opening them feels random and a little perplexing. It can almost feel assaulting to be slammed with that first page without explanation — like when you get up in the morning and all of the kids bombard you with complaints and requests without bothering first to at least say, “Hi, Mom.”
But of course, that doesn’t happen at my house. I’m just speaking hypothetically. ;)
Why not welcome your viewer — and yourself — with a pleasant greeting, a hint of what’s inside your book, and some helpful explanations?
I don’t believe every scrapbook has the same title info needs. I allow for a little mystery in some, and a lot of explanation in others. It depends on the story I’m telling in my album. No matter which way I do it, I love the way my title pages make me feel when I open the covers of my scrapbooks.
Here are five examples…
1. The Mysterious and Subtle Title Page That Only Hints at the Story
This is for an album about myself. Without being too explicit it says who I am and what I’ve always been about. While I may eventually put a few details inside the cover of my album, I think the pages that follow give all the explanation I really need for what the album is.
2. The Scrapbook Title Page that Says It All
On the other hand, the story of this album is not so clear on its own. It gives a view of our everyday life between the years of 2007-2011, but without that explanation you wouldn’t be able to put your finger on the topic. Not only that, but toward the end of assembling this album I noticed a repeating thread in our story and the title page allowed me to emphasize it from the beginning and give the viewer something to look for as he or she turns the pages.
3. The 6×12 Scrapbook Title Page that Let’s You Peek at the First Layout
Here’s another album that doesn’t require much explanation but it lets you know up front that this isn’t a general dance album of different performances. It’s specifically for the Nutcracker Ballet. By choosing a 6×12 layout, the outside of the next page is visible. Who can resist turning the top narrow page to see the whole second page?
The varying sized pages make this scrapbook a page turner right from the beginning. Here’s a closeup of some of the detailing in my title page.
4. The Two-Part Scrapbook Title Page That Speaks More Slowly
Sometimes I like to put some of the album information directly on the inside of the cover. When I do that, I still want the front page to incorporate the general idea of the story of the entire album, as well as the title. So this is a two-parter.
Here’s the second part…
5. The Suspenseful Scrapbook Title Page That Hooks You Into the Story
This is another two-parter. It begins with the beautiful title page that came with the Olive Project Life kit. This is not a typical Project Life album that chronicles are current days. It’s an album about my life and observations in the Philippines years ago, and I’m mixing Project Life supplies with standard scrapbook pages.
The first part of the title page offers an elegant welcome.
The second part wraps you into the overall story of my experience by hooking you with a hint of drama and turmoil to come…
“I can’t believe there is another place in the world that is as magical as this one.
That is so happy, but so very sad.
That is so beautiful, but also so maddening.
My first month in the Philippines was torturous. On the first day in my new home I witnessed closeup the most violent and scary scene of my entire time there.
I didn’t know how I would ensure an entire year and four months.
But then, everything changed in just a few weeks of pushing through and I fell in love with the Philippines and its beautiful people. I found myself grasping at every minute as it ticked away from me.
And then it was all gone, like a dream. But if affected me, and it stays with me.
It changed my life.
From March 1994 to July 1995 I lived in the Philippines. I tell this story from my current perspective, 20 years after being home in the U.S. I’m including writings from my journal and from letters home to provide some observations and feelings at the time.
Here is my story…”
Note: I’ve erased a few personal details from the journaling at the bottom in the photo of this page. Just wanted to let you know in case you’re wondering about the blank spots in my writing.
Have you made title pages for your scrapbooks? How are they different from mine?
Hopefully these examples have given you some new ideas!
Play Along: If you’re playing along and don’t yet have a title page, your challenge this week is to make one! And don’t forget to continue adding any missing pages or details as we finish up an album this month. If you post your pages somewhere online, please be sure to share what you’ve done with us by leaving a link in the comments of this post!
To move forward in the Play Along: Finish an Album, click here: How Story Can Make Your Scrapbook a Page-Turner