Sunday, 8 April 2012

Scapbook Page Titles

Do you struggle with scrapbook page titles?  Does a title come to mind as soon as you choose your photo or do you decide on a title once the page is complete?  Does every page need a title?

I think I could answer both "Yes" and "No" to each and every one of those questions, though I have very, very few title-less pages myself.

Frequently my 95% complete page will sit on my desk for a day or two while the "perfect" title is trapped in the recesses of my brain; I know it's there - maybe I dreamed it - but I want to wait for it to surface.  Sometimes it does, other times I settle for something else and move on to the next page.

Occasionally I pick a photo and the future page title is glaringly obvious - maybe it's a play on words, or a phrase we were using at the time, or a lyric from a current song that just fits somehow.  My first April Counterfeit Kit page certainly fits this category (even though the statue is of a mammoth rather than an elephant): the title was set in stone!

Layout of Mammoth in Zoological Gardens - Barcelona - Jimjams
I've used a sketch from Creative Craft World
as part of the weekly challenge on UKS.
I seem to find it relatively easy to come up with alliterative titles (like Secret Surprise or Bognor Beach) but these start to look a bit cheesy if overdone. Occasionally Often my "perfect" title contains too many vowels for the alphabet I had in mind and I end up mixing fonts or get inventive with a backwards "3", a trimmed "Q" or an upside down "w"!

Manilla tags - clips - bakers twine - buttonsWhen I really struggle to find the right title, and my family and scrapping friends can't help either, I resort to the internet! My first port of call is usually Denny's Quotes (they have a decent search facility and a mix of page toppers, quotes, poems and lyrics).  Other places I go include The Perfect Title (organised into categories), The Quote Garden and Song Lyrics (you can search albums, artists, songs and within the lyrics).
I could do with some reliable alternative places to visit, so do please share where you go for page title inspiration in the comments.

P.S. I'm multi-tasking as ever and, while my page fits a UKScrappers/CCW challenge this week, it also ties in nicely with this month's challenge over at The Studio: to include at least three items from their supply list - Kraft, twine, die cuts, ink, a star and washi tape - I managed all but one! Pop over here if you fancy having a go yourself!

27 comments:

scrappyjacky said...

I'm always having to mix fonts.....or die cut......as I never seem to have all the letters I need for a title!!
Happy Easter.

Alison said...

Great page and title I use your places to, but also scrapbook.com...they have ideas for page titles and quotes too!
Alison xx

Melissa said...

Great layout - I really like the clean design & that is definitely the perfect title.

I'm fortunate that Robbie is a ready source when I'm stuck for a title - he can just spit out something perfect almost everytime.

Happy Easter!

Mini said...

A super page, Jemma and I agree, a perfect title. Thank you for joining in with us at Creative Craft World.
Sue x

alexa said...

Some neat tricks for letter shortages here, and useful links - didn't know of these, so thank-you!

Emily said...

I love using various fonts and letters for titles on my pages, and turning numbers into letters, etc. As far as titles, and coming up with them, I do have some troubles on occasion, but I will go to my boyfriend for help, and he can usually come through for me! Great work btw!

furrypig said...

thanks Jemma never visited those sites before and I often need inspiration! Great page too xxx

Clair said...

I'm happy to leave my layouts without a title if one doesn't immediately come to mind. But, if I want a lovely title and I can't think of one, I generally try a book of poetry.

There will always be something - and it will always be beautifully worded.

Sian said...

I have just submitted something on this subject, so can't say too much! I find inspiration anywhere and everywhere. But I'm also happy to simply use the date if absolutely nothing springs to mind. Or "today..", something like that

Glinda said...

Titles are something that I love but often forget because I can't think of a great one. Thanks for sharing your sites that you like to use. Great multi task job. I need to stat finding more challenges to do. As for the layout I really like how you cut simple square shapes. It looks so uniform and clean. A must scraplift.

Lou said...

Brilliant page, love the photos and the little bulldog clips for your journalling. Thank you for joining in with us at CCW.

Lou x

susibee said...

Great page and fab title. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Craft World.

Missus Wookie said...

I used to stress about titles but decided I can cope with pages not having them. Do like them tho' - so mixed feelings.

Tend to pull a line from the journaling. But I do like quotes and have several posted into Evernote tagged 'pages to create' with an explanation of which photos.

Lisa said...

I love those MME papers and this layout is really great. As for titles, we were onlay talking about this at the weekend at a crop. I'm terrible at coming up with them and they are usually the very last thing that I do on the layout or just before the journalling gets added anyway. I don't have any good sources but what I'm looking for is somewhere to give me suggestions without any e's!! But thanks for your top tips. Will check them out for sure.

Julia said...

The colors, the color blocking, the title, what's not to love about this layout!!!

Scattychick said...

Love it Jemma the colours are fab and it all really comes together beautifully :) Thanks for joining in with us at Creative Craft World x

li-bee-ti said...

Wonderful layout! I just love your design, and expecially those tiny pink buttons on the tag and the photo as well. really pretty.
As for titels... well, I guess I can also answer Yes & No for your questions...English in not my mother tongue, so somethimes I make titles in English and sometimes in Hebrew. I take my inspiration from songs (mostly), quotes, play on words, etc. Rarely, I turn into internet for inspiration, but maybe I should do it more often.
Thanks for making me think about this topic :).

Anna said...

Great layout, love the blocks of paper, thanks for joining in with us at The Studio!

Tricia said...

Lovely page! I'm yes and no on titles sometimes they pop right in my head and other times they take days. Thank you for the links!

Tara O said...

Great use of the tags...I am stuck with the ones I put into my kit. Sigh.

Love your LO!!

sutty said...

Super page I love the blocks of colour and well done on fitting all those challenges in :)

OneScrapHappyMomma said...

What a cute page and I do love that title! And yes, I am like, I can answer yes and no to every single one of your questions. Thanks for the links - I see them being used alot!

Sherri Thompson said...

Love this page, Jemma! The design is perfect, and so are your embellies. Thanks so much for sharing!

S said...

That is a great page - great title. I don't struggle with the wording of titles so much as mixing fonts and sizes of the titles. There is always more to master, isn't there?

sarah's little snippets said...

A super page, love your photos! Thank you for joining in our challenge at Creative Craft World this month. Sarah x

Ryann said...

How cute! Love the title, those photos are just so fun!

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

What a fun title!