What if you could have design prompts that will propel your creative scrapbook flow without actually telling you exactly where to put things the way a sketch does? What if those design prompts were flexible enough to work with different numbers of photos and other items so you don’t have to restrict yourself to prompts that only work with a specific numbers of photos?
Sketches, page maps, or strict templates can give you a framework in which to apply some of your creativity. But they limit your range of creativity if you are at a point in your development when you design (or could design) your own pages. Is it time for you to hold the reins of your own designs?
I started sharing my Flexible Templates because I understand the benefit of having a starting point to get your design going. Creative seeds are good things. But I know how much more I enjoy not having to refer to something else to tell me where to place things. You can use the Flexible Templates as a propeller toward your design, but without having to look at anything specific to get it going.
How do you use Flexible Templates without looking at a visual example?
I base the templates on a visual image, such as three train tracks for the Train Station Flexible template. You should be able to recall the image idea of three parallel train tracks as your starting point. You don’t have to look at a sketch or my own examples to decide where to put your photos and other items, though you can.
The point is to be able to make your own structure from the inspiration of three tracks. You might do any of these ideas or come up with your own…
- Make your tracks vertical with three columns of vertical photos and long journaling as the trains.
- Position your tracks at a diagonal to produce a more energetic tone for your story.
- Make your trains out of twelve different photos by making each photo a 2.5×2.5 square
- Or make your trains out of just 3 long photos and patterned paper and embellishments.
- Create a sense of movement by having your photo trains extend all the way to an edge of the page.
- Or create a sense of stability by centering the trains on the page so they look like they’re stationary on the implied (non-literal) tracks.
Just thinking about these different ways to form my “trains” and “tracks” makes the creativity flow enough that I want to go scrapbook right now!
The video tutorials for each of my templates are just to give you an idea of what I mean by “Pinboard” or “Moving Panels” or “Train Tracks.” They’re also an opportunity to share some of the design principles that might assist you. After you’ve watched a tutorial on a Flexible Template, I recommend you add the template name to a list and refer to the names to generate your own layout designs.
Use the idea of a pinboard to jump-start your scrapbook layout design.
A pinboard is a place to pin up photos, ephemera, memo’s or reminders, and other items. How can you use this visual idea to create a page? In my Pinboard Flexible Template tutorial, I share some ways I’ve used it to display a series of photos, such as the layout at the top. I also assemble a page where I had ephemera from a dance competition program instead of actual pictures.
Pinboard Flexible Template Video Tutorial
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