Guest Author - Kathleen Rensel
Titles are a basic part of the scrapbook layout. But, what makes a good title? How does the scrapbooker create one? Is it ok to not have one? Let’s take a look a little more in depth.
The title can tell the tale. People say a photo speaks a thousand words, but with scrapbooking, sometimes the title does too. We’ve all seen the way a cute or funny title on a layout can make us feel something. The scrapbooker can use the title to tie everything together or to say something that is funny because it is the exact match (or opposite) to what the photos show.
Creating the “perfect” title can put a lot of pressure on the scrapbooker. Sometimes the photos being used don’t seem to lend themselves to being cute, funny or clever. Or maybe titles are just the hardest part for a scrapbooker personally. (Just as a little side note, titling my articles here on BellaOnline is probably the most difficult task for me. We are told they should be short, easy for Google to use and evergreen, not splashy, or trendy.)
Luckily, there are books that are completely all about titles and title ideas. There are articles and websites and scrappers can even go to other scrappers work and find catchy titles. They could look at how journalists make their titles in newspapers, television, and even magazine articles.
So, the titles don’t need to say everything (that whole thousand words thing) and they don’t have to catch the eye like a newspaper headline might. What should they do?
1. Tie photos together. For instance, there are four photos of a small child playing in sand. If they are all the same child, the child’s name could be used in the title, like “BooBoo’s Beach Day.” It ties those four photos together around the name and the activity.
2. Give important details. Maybe in the example above, the beach was a special trip to a big name beach like Cocoa Beach in FL. The scrapper might want to note that in the title, like “Maddie’s 1st Cocoa Beach Trip.” That gives information about a special part of the trip, the location.
3. Convey or elicit a feeling. Say, the photos are all about crazy faces or something sad. Maybe the titles would be something like, “Many Crazy Faces” or “How Sad Can One Day Be?” Using the feeling words in the title can help convey feeling.
The scrapbooker doesn’t have to use a title. Maybe the journaling says it all. Maybe the photos say it all. But, titles are very important to most layouts. They give the “pow” to person who is looking at the album. Take some time and practice, try out a few different titles and see how it brings the layout to life!