A Scrapbook Layout with No Photos?

Has the thought of making a scrapbook layout with no photos ever crossed your mind? If you're a writer at heart, I'm sure it has...

There are some scrappers that have very little journaling and others that love to tell the story behind the pictures.

You don't want to leave out any details, but you end up writing so much that your journaling takes over the page and you start to sacrifice space for pictures.

So...in place of a scrapbook layout with no photos, here are some ideas on how to keep all of your scrapbook journaling without compromising design:

  • Dedicate and entire page to journaling. You can create a section page within your scrapbook that lays out the nitty-gritty details of the story, so your filler pages can concentrate on the pictures.

    Or... you can create a two-page scrapbook layout where one of the pages is all journaling (this works great for 6x6, 8x8 and 8.5x11 layouts).

  • If you don't mind your scrapbook journaling being hidden, you can write your story on a tag that is placed inside a library card pouch and then put a picture on top of the pouch.

    Or... you can create a flap where the picture is placed on top and the journaling is inside.

  • Finally, if you know you're going to write a lot, just GO BIG and use 12x12 scrapbook pages. On these pages, you can fill up an entire 8.5x11 sheet of paper and still have room for three or four pictures.
  • Now, there are other instances where you have to make a scrapbook layout with no photos simply because you "have no photos." This is OK and you can still scrap the event, especially if it has a lot of meaning to you.

    In these cases, try and think of your journaling block as the picture and then design around it. Since you're not trying to match any colors in a picture, you can let your emotions about the event dictate the colors you use.

    Happy Scrapping!