Day 19: Classes, Communities, and Your Style


Welcome to Day 19 of of the series, FIND your FIT!  (To return to the beginning, click here.)

While scrapbooking is an awesome hobby, you may feel a little lost or lonely, or you may find yourself in a creative rut at times. Whether you are a novice or a veteran scrapbooker, everyone could use a little support once in a while!  Today, I have a few suggestions to help out with that.

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Day 16: What is a Scrapbooking Style (and do you need one?)


Welcome to Day 16 of the series, FIND your FIT!  (To return to the beginning, click here.)

We have been talking about your scrapbooking ‘style’ for a while now, but what exactly is a style?  While there are many genres that layouts can fall into, your style can really be anything you want it to be (remember, no rules).  If more than one style or type of scrapbooking appeals to you, do it!

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Day 15: Mid-Month Check-In


Welcome to Day 15 of the series, FIND your FIT!  (To return to the beginning, click here.)

Since it is the half-way point in the series, I thought I would turn it over to you and see how it is going.  Do you have any questions?  Have you tried experimenting to see if you discovered anything new?


  1. Leave a comment or a question in the comments below.
  2. Or, click your way over to my social media sites and ask a question there.





Day 14: Color (and how it works with scrapbooking)


Welcome to Day 14 of the series, FIND your FIT!  (To return to the beginning, click here.)

Picking colors for your layouts can seem like a daunting task. With a little bit of color theory (a fancy word for how colors work together), you can make those decisions a lot easier. Don’t get intimidated! We’re going to break down each element, so it will be fun to use and help you decide how color fits into your style.

Choosing Colors

First, decide how you want to select your colors.


  • Once you have decided on the photo you would like to scrapbook, select 2-3 of the main colors to use in your papers.
  • If the photo is black and white, you have a little more flexibility with your colors.


  • Here you allow the colors in the products to determine the photo to scrapbook.
  • Choose a photo that will work with at least one of the colors, or again, use a black and white photo.

Tone and Mood

  • Just like the tone of your journaling, the tones of the colors will support the feeling you would like to convey in your layout.  The papers and embellishments you choose will help determine the mood of your page, so you want them to work with your photo.
  • Keeping the tones similar creates a visually pleasing, soothing, or neutral layout.
  • Use more contrast in the colors for energetic layouts.

Color Harmony

Color harmony just means that the colors are pleasing to the eye. If a paper doesn’t seem to fit with your other choices, or just seems ‘off’, try something different. Trust your instincts!

The Color Wheel (and how it helps with design)

Using the Color Wheel in Scrapbooking

Analogous Color

  • Choose three colors that are side-by-side on the wheel.
  • Pick the main color that you would like to use and then select the two colors on either side to support it.

Complimentary Color

  • Select two colors that are opposites on the color wheel (red and green, blue and orange, or hot pink and mint green, for example).
  • Complimentary colors provide lots of contrast, so they help a layout to be more dynamic.


  • This is any color combination found in nature.  Think blue skies, green trees, and red flowers.


  • A single color family, such a differing shades of cream or pink.
  • Use multiple textures to provide contrast and to add interest.

Ok, now that the big words and color theory are out of the way, how can this possibly use this in your scrapbooking?

Follow the 60-30-10 Rule

This ‘rule’ is popular in interior design and can be helpful with figuring out how to use color on your pages.

  • 60% of the page consists of the dominant color (the first color you selected from the color wheel)
  • 30% is the secondary, or supporting color.
  • 10% is the accent color or the ‘pop’ of color for your page.

By implementing a strategy for selecting your papers and embellishments, you can easily select colors that fit with your style.  If you are unsure of what your style is, I encourage you to experiment with these different color theories to see how you like the results.  Try different combinations to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.

  1. Was this totally confusing?  Do you have any questions about color and how it works with your style?  Please feel free to ask questions in the comment below!
  2. Adobe Color is an awesome website for selecting colors from your photos.  Try uploading a picture and use the ‘color picker’ to do the work for you.

Day 13: Journaling


Welcome to Day 13 of the series, FIND your FIT!  (To return to the beginning, click here.)

Journaling is an integral part of the scrapbooking process. They are the words that tell the story, document the facts, or convey the emotion of the photos. There are no rules for journaling (as with all aspects of scrapbooking), so you can make the choice about what to include and how you would like to write it.

Examples of what to include in your journaling

  • The ‘who, what, where, when, how, and why’ of the photo
  • The thoughts or feelings of the story
  • Quotes (something funny or memorable)
  • Information from social media posts

How to include journaling on your layouts


  • Use journaling cards or tags.
  • Use a journaling stamp or a pen to create lines for writing.

Computer generated

  • Use a word processing program to write a block of text or to create lines of text to be cut into strips.
  • Use your printer to put the journaling directly onto your layout background (8.5 x 11” layouts for standard printers, 12×12” for large-format printers).


How to keep notes for journaling on future layouts

  • An app, like DayOne, can be used for documenting the details of an event or day.
  • A notebook and pen, especially one that is small enough to carry when you are out and about.
  • Keep a Word document with a list of stories.


Tips for journaling

  • Keep it authentic. Use your voice to tell the story—it is unique!
  • Be sure to leave enough space in your layout design for journaling.
  • Not every layout will require a lot of journaling.  It is ok to make layouts without it.  Again, it is your choice.

How do you journal on your layouts?  Do you prefer using your handwriting or a computer?  Let us know in the comments below!

Day 12: Photos (larger-sized)


Welcome to Day 12 of the series, FIND your FIT!  (To return to the beginning, click here.)

Yesterday, we talked about smaller photos.  Today, let’s talk about larger-sized photos in scrapbooking.

What do I mean by larger sizes?

For the purposes of this information, larger-sized photos refers to prints that are bigger than 4″ x 6″.  I thought that splitting the photo sizes into two categories would be more helpful.

Common sizes

Photo-processors, like Persnickety Prints, offer prints in a multitude of sizes larger than the standard 4×6″.

  • 5×5″
  • 5×7″
  • 6×12″
  • 8×8″
  • 8×10″
  • 10×10″
  • 12×12″

These sizes are just examples of larger photos.  5×7″ and 8×10″ prints can be ordered from just about any developer, and you may have several on hand that can be scrapped.  The non-standard sizes would be a fun addition to your pages.

How you can incorporate them into your scrapbooking

A single large photo:

Larger photos can leave room for titles, embellishments, or journaling to be added directly to the picture.


A single photo or larger on a 12×12″ layout also takes up more space, but still leaves room for journaling or embellishments.


A layout with a larger photo and multiple smaller photos:

As I mentioned yesterday, smaller photos, when paired with a larger photo, support your story and provide detail.



Put them into pocket pages:

If you are a pocket scrapper, you can also incorporate larger photos into your layouts.  Try cutting a larger photo to spread over multiple pockets.



Do you ever scrap with large-sized photos?  Let us know in the comments below!


Day 11: Photos (smaller-sized)


Welcome to Day 11 of the series, FIND your FIT!  (To return to the beginning, click here.)

Photos are important to us.  That is why most scrapbookers start with their pictures when they create a layout or a pocket page.  Let’s talk about options for small-sized photos and how they work with your scrapbooking style.

What do I mean by smaller sizes?

For the purposes of this information, smaller-sized photos refers to 4″ x 6″ or smaller.  I thought that splitting the photo sizes into two categories would be more helpful.

Common sizes

  • 4×6″ photos are probably the most common print size.  They are easily-accessable, fit in your hands and albums, and don’t usually require much resizing after uploading them from your camera.
  • 4×4″ prints are becoming more popular since the rise in popularity of photo apps, such as Instagram.
  • 3×4″ photos are also being offered by more photo-processors, since pocket scrapbooking uses this size in many of the page protector configurations.

How you can incorporate them into your scrapbooking

A layout with a single 4×6″ photo or smaller:

A single photo on a 12×12″ layout leaves more white-space for embellishments and layers or for your background paper to show.



A layout with multiple smaller photos:

By using multiple photos on a 12×12″ or a double-page (12×24″) layout, you can tell a story with more detail.  For example, adding smaller photos to a 4×6″ picture provides supporting facts and perspective to your layout.



Put them into pocket pages:

Pocket pages are great for getting your photos out of storage and into albums.  You can combine 4×6″ and 3×4″ photos, depending on the page protector.  Non-standard smaller photos can also be adhered to a filler or journaling card and slid into the pocket.

Picture My Life pocket scrapbooking


These are just a few examples of how to incorporate smaller photos into your scrapbooking.  If you already scrapbook, consider incorporating smaller photos into your layouts.  Experiment and find what works for you!


Shimelle Laine (She’s the queen of 4×6″ photo scrapbooking.  Watch her video for some great tips for using them on layouts.)

Sketches for inspiration on Pinterest.

4 x 6 Photo Sketch Blog (A blog dedicated to sketches using only 4×6″ photos.)


Do you have any ideas for scrapbooking with smaller photos?  Let us know in the comments below!


Day 10: Pick Your Foundation


Welcome to Day 10 of the series, FIND your FIT!  (To return to the beginning, click here.)

Scrapbooking is rarely one-size-fits-all. You may find that you prefer 12×12” layouts, but may add in pocket pages, mini-books, or photo books to supplement your albums. The background you choose will be the foundation of your layouts. I encourage you to try experimenting with different sizes and shapes to find the ones that you prefer. (This applies to both digital and traditional scrapbooking.)

Typical scrapbook sizes:

  • 12×12
  • 12×24 (2 12×12 sheets)
  • 8.5×11
  • 17×11 (2 8.5×11 sheets)
  • 8×8
  • 6×6

Types of backgrounds:


  • A solid, single-color base.   Typically a neutral color.

Patterned paper

  • Can be found as single sheets, a kit with coordinating sheets, or a designer pad.
  • Cardstock weight can be used alone, thinner can be layered onto cardstock to provide a solid base for scrapbooking a layout.


  • Typically used as the base for mini-books.
  • Cover with cardstock, patterned paper, or a printed layout (for digital scrappers)

How to choose your background:

  • Match the theme of your page or album.
  • Select 2-3 colors from the outfits or from the background of the photos.
  • If your photos are black and white, you can choose colors that may have clashed with the picture if it were in color.
  • Use the gallon/quart/pint principle.  A ‘gallon’ of a neutral, a ‘quart’ of a mid-sized pattern, and a ‘pint’ of a bright or bold-patterned paper.

Do you typically scrapbook the same size?  Do you vary your sizes and materials used for backgrounds?  Leave a comment below!