Carrying a theme through an album
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PeaNut 536,643
January 2012
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Posted: 12/5/2013 9:59:44 PM
I scrapbook chronologically except for when I have a vacation or special event that has a lot of photographs. In that case I start a separate album. When all photos in a book are from the same event I feel like the pages should have similarities, but when I try to coordinate them my pages start to all look the same.

Does anyone have suggestions for how to make pages look like they go together but not like they re ll the same?


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Posted: 12/5/2013 10:11:32 PM
Mix and match 2 or 3 collections I'm using 3 different collections in my Disney album that carry similar covers and to make them more uniform in a way is I'm making sure every page has a mickey head with one larger circle and 2 smaller circles. Sometimes it's enamel dots sometimes rhinestones and sometimes just chipboard but there is one on every page.

Oh and I'm also trying to use only 4 or 5 different washi tapes.

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PeaNut 153,156
June 2004
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Posted: 12/5/2013 10:59:55 PM
I just finished up a vacation mini. I used HS Serendipity. I used the same font for titles, a few sequins on every page, punched circles on many pages, and white matted pictures on every page. I did separate the papers into different groups - one group for each of three main vacation events. So there is definitely a theme throughout the album, but the different papers helped to make just enough changes so it's not exactly the same color scheme on every page. Similar, since they're all from the same collection, but not exactly the same.

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PeaNut 553,267
May 2012
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Posted: 12/5/2013 11:04:18 PM
When doing a theme album or mini book, I don't use the same embellishments but I do try to use the same 3 or 4 colours mixed with white or cream....
I often pick a paper line that I love and then add a few other papers that go with that line. Then I do whatever design I like for the individual pages and they go together because the colours all match and they have some of the same papers.....
Thee is a baby book in my gallery that is an example of what I'm talking about.....,


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PeaNut 13,202
March 2001
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Posted: 12/6/2013 7:39:28 AM
I have used 2 main ideas when making theme type albums.
One is to use just one or maybe 2 co-coordinating patterned paper lines for the whole album. I used just one range for baby albums for my 2 nieces and for my son's wedding album, and 2 or 3 when I scrapped the cruise we went on last year.
The other thing I have done is use the same background cardstock color for the entire album. I did this for a travel album when I first visited Europe (a few years before I came here to live) - all the pages are on kraft cardstock, but I use varying patterned papers depending on the photos/place we visited.



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Posted: 12/6/2013 8:14:20 AM
I recently completed 2 different themed albums as Christmas gifts. I worried about the pages looking all the same too but in the end they all looked very different.

Instead of a collection, I chose a color scheme. Each book had 3 colors plus a neutral. I made up 2 kits, pulling the papers and embellishments together in each color scheme.

I didnt have any themed embellishments but on a lot of the pages for my niece's horse book I used velvet ribbons and for my nephew's fishing book I used twine. There may have been some other specific embellishments I used in each but I forget now.

A couple of the sketches were repeated but with different papers each page ended up looking unique. It was fun!

Hope you get some ideas.
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PeaNut 536,643
January 2012
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Posted: 12/6/2013 12:48:50 PM
You ladies have all been very helpful.

Jane, I appreciate the comments about the Disney album. I have 2 Disney trips to catch up on and I wanted to stear away from using the traditional red/black/yellow that goes with Mickey Mouse.

I like the suggestions you have all made. Trying to use the same few fonts throughout the book should also be helpful. I have just started trying to make layouts that go side by side and coordinate, but are not necissarly a double-page layout.

Thank you!!!

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Posted: 12/6/2013 12:59:16 PM
Glitter girl has a couple of videos where she explains how she builds her albums.


PeaNut 113,955
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Posted: 12/6/2013 1:02:42 PM
When I am making a theme album, I start with the same background color for each layout. I think it really helps to make the album look more cohesive.

ETA...Shimelle & Glitter Girl both mentioned using repeating elements so the pages feel more connected. There was a recent 3 part series where GG worked on a wedding album and she explained how she used particular colors, stamps, punches, embellishments on each page to keep it unified even though the patterns were varied.


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August 2012
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Posted: 12/6/2013 3:25:49 PM
I think Shimelle's Cover to Cover class would help you a lot. if interested Here is the link.


PeaNut 586,816
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Posted: 12/6/2013 8:05:58 PM
I like to choose three cardstock colors (for example, white, kraft and pale pink for a baby girl album) and limit my embellishment types to a certain number (so maybe gems, stickers and die cuts for a simple style) and then let myself use whatever patterned paper I want to create the variety. I tend to use one print font and one script on my Cameo to create all the titles.

I also liked Shimelle's Cover to Cover class.

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PeaNut 208,592
June 2005
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Posted: 12/8/2013 8:02:12 PM

Instead of a collection, I chose a color scheme. Each book had 3 colors plus a neutral. I made up 2 kits, pulling the papers and embellishments together in each color scheme.

I pick a grounding neutral: one of black, white, grey, or brown (whether dark, medium or light creams). Then pick a couple colours (2, max 3).

Less preferred for me, but equally effective, use a single paper line or paper pack with the grounding neutral.


PeaNut 193,131
February 2005
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Posted: 12/8/2013 9:08:32 PM
-using one or more collections
-using one color scheme
-same background (kraft or other color cardstock) throughout
-repeating embellishment (type- like sequins, or image- like stars)
-repeating one or just a few fonts/stamps/letter stickers/etc for titles

In the past (several years ago), I did a few with just one collection or one color scheme. Our engagement album I used all the same fonts for the titles, and had 2 heart punches that I used somewhere on every page.

Now I think that would feel too limiting to me and I would probably get bored with those papers. The only "theme" album I've got going currently is DS's baby book. For that, I picked 4 or 5 baby lines that I really liked, all with a white base (vs cream). They've got some overlapping colors (lots of baby blue!), but different enough to keep my interest.

I think there are lots of ways to go about this. It probably helps to plan it ahead, and to decide if this is going to be a project you finish up pretty quickly, or if it will take you a while (in which case if you want to have all the same papers, then you need to plan to purchase enough for the whole project, so that you're not stuck in a year or longer when those papers are no longer made).

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PeaNut 425,241
June 2009
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Posted: 12/11/2013 2:18:23 PM
I did an album for a relative and used DCWV Fairy Tale collection. I did alot of the pages with this line, but also mixed in some other pages. I was going to give it to her for Christmas so I hope she likes it.


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Posted: 12/11/2013 8:18:55 PM
A lot of what I scrap has a theme. One of the things I do when I first start planning the LO's is to plan a way to tie all the pages together. One way that I do this is by using the same fonts (one for the title and one or two for journaling) throughout the pages. One of my themes was 8 pages. I used the same border and half circle on each pages. Because they were co-ordinating colors it didn't look all the same. On a 40 page Yellowstone album that I just completed I used a tab with the date or location printed on it on each page. For the next album that I'm doing I plan on tying it together using small letters/numbers in the corners for the state or date the pictures were taken. I just bought some washi tape to use to tie all my CKC pages together. Besides using embellishments to tie your album together you could use strips of one paper on each page, use photo corners or corner rounder on all the photos, same technique throughout the album, do all titles one way, etc.


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Posted: 12/11/2013 9:06:57 PM
I second Shimelle's class Cover to Cover, it's awesome for this!



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Posted: 12/11/2013 10:58:46 PM
I pick just a couple elements that are the same throughout and then allow myself all the diversity I want beyond those 2 or 3 elements. That's all you need to tie a book together.

For example, in one of my themed albums there is a lot of glitter or shiny pieces and I use bright colors. Also, there is a sort of format to the book that is consistent throughout.

With just these few things I use all kinds of products from all over the places and the book is cohesive and super fun.

I did a video tutorial on this at that goes much more in depth.


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PeaNut 572,333
November 2012
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Posted: 12/12/2013 11:06:16 AM
I wrote a post about this on my blog. I am scrapping my Paris trip photos and I came up with a system to keep me from getting bored with my supplies, but to still have a cohesive feel from page to page. So, far it is working pretty good. Maybe, you'll get some ideas that work for you. You can read about it here.


PeaNut 546,535
March 2012
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Posted: 12/12/2013 12:38:41 PM
I'm like some of the other posters on here. I don't pick a paper line, instead I pick a colour palette of 3 or 4 colours with one neutral. But I don't limit myself to just those colours. I will do pages which have 2 or 3 of those main colours plus a dash of another colour for contrast. I've found that makes my albums look cohesive without being too restrictive.

Then I like to have an embellishment choice that repeats throughout, perhaps a shape like cameras or butterflies etc. I also keep the scraps from finished LOs on hand so that a patterned paper may turn up on several different pages. Used for a photo matt here, and die cut into a heart shape there.

One tip I can offer - a couple of years ago I made the error of picking an overly large stamp as the repeating element and used it on *every* page. In retrospect it was too bold and large to have repeating on every page and on some LOs it looked out of place. But of course that might work for other people! I just found having the same large design element on every page was too much.


PeaNut 479,236
August 2010
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Posted: 12/13/2013 5:52:21 AM
I also use colour as the unifying element of my album, typically 2 neutrals, 2 main colours and an accent colour. That gives me room to play with the different shades and tones in those colours.

I find mixing papers and embellishments from different brands and collections help introduce variety and stops the pages from looking too similar.

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PeaNut 408,966
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Posted: 12/13/2013 10:08:15 PM
Another way to tie an album together is by the way you journal. On my 8 page theme I used short phrases for my journaling. On one the I am get ready to do of a road trip I will be using sentences cut apart with the edges inked. Longer journaling will be hidden with pull tabs.
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