Welcome back for another installment of Steps to Scrapbooking! Today we will be discussing how to choose a theme for a scrapbook album.
If you have completed Step One, your photos are organized into categories and you are ready to choose a theme for your album. Is it absolutely necessary to scrapbook with a theme in mind? No, but choosing a theme will help you narrow down and focus on the photos and supplies that you will need to complete your project.
After spending time looking through your photos to get them organized, you may have found stories you would like to tell or ideas for scrapbook pages (layouts). If you took notes while organizing your printed photos, these should also help with picking a theme for your album. There are no specific rules to selecting a theme. You don’t even have to narrow it down to only one.
What you choose to focus on can depend on many different factors. So, if you don’t know where to start or are feeling overwhelmed, ask yourself the following questions:
- Why do I want to scrapbook?
- What stories do I want to tell?
- For whom am I making the album?
- What is the purpose of the album?
- What or whom is the album about? (Will it be about one person or event? Will it be about family life or another general topic?)
With the answers to these questions, choosing a theme should be a piece of cake! If not, here are some theme suggestions:
- Baby or kids
- School days (can include memorabilia, achievements, or artwork)
- Everyday life
- Family history (heritage or relationships)
- Holidays (including Christmas, birthdays, etc.)
What are some themes you plan to scrapbook?