Scrapbook Title Tips: Coming Up with the Right Name for Your Layout

by Lain Ehmann on November 10, 2010

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Are your scrapbook layout titles taking their toll on you? In the past week, I’ve gotten a couple of questions about titles, specifically, how to come up with good ones.

Titles are important for several reasons:

  • They set the tone for your layout
  • They serve as an entry point for your scrapbook page, telling readers where to begin
  • They can play a design role, adding to the overall look and feel of the page

Before I jump into a discussion of titles, let’s talk about not having a title at all on a page. This is certainly an option, but not one I recommend for general purposes. Think about going to the bookstore and browsing the shelves. A beautifully designed cover catches your eye, so what do you do next? You look for the title. If there is no title, you might be intrigued enough to open the book and leaf through, but in general, if there’s no title, you’ll just move on to the next book.

Think about your scrapbook layouts. If someone is leafing through your album, they might glance at a page with no title, but they won’t give it the same level of attention as they would if there were a strong title to pull their interest and get them engaged.

Here are some elements of good titles:

  • Engaging — makes the reader want to know more
  • Introduction to the page (you don’t want to make a “promise” that you don’t deliver on with the rest of your layout)
  • Related design-wise to the rest of the page (it doesn’t stick out awkwardly; looks like it’s supposed to be there)

Whew! That’s a lot to do with just a few words!

There are different styles of titles, just as there are different styles of pages. Here are just a few types I’ve identified:

The one-word title:

Jody Wenke

The alliteration title (my specialty!):

The punny title (another one of my specialties!):

The so-long-you-don’t-need-any-journaling title:

Amy Sorenson/Write.Click.Scrapbook.

The rhyming title:

As you can see, the field is wide open for titles!

The best place to start? Figure out what type of title you like. Go through an online gallery like Write.Click.Scrapbook. to see a bunch of layouts in a short period of time. What grabs your eye? What pulls you into the page? What makes you want to read more?

Once you know what grabs you at a gut level, then you can imitate her success. Don’t be afraid to use the same title as someone else, or to even use the same title over and over again on your layouts! (Ali Edwards does this all the time with “Today you…”).

Still stuck? Here are some sources of titles:

Song titles

Quotes

Movie Titles

Moon Ko/Write.Click.Scrapbook.

Francine Clouden/Write.Click.Scrapbook.

Famous Sayings

Moon Ko/Write.Click.Scrapbook.

Tina Cockburn/Write.Click.Scrapbook.

Numbers

Erin Sweeney/Write.Click.Scrapbook.

Hopefully, this has helped you see that creating a title for your scrapbook layout doesn’t need to be stressful. You have a variety of different approaches to choose from; find what you like, and go with it! Like most things in scrapbooking, there is no “right” or “wrong.” There’s just DONE. And we like done. ;)

P.S. This blog post is the result of questions people have emailed me. I love to hear from my readers! Let me know what’s got you stuck in your scrapbooking. I’ll help if I can!

P.P.S. I recorded this post as an audio, if you’d prefer to listen:

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