Doodle Ideas for Decorating a Scrapbook With a Pen

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Doodle Ideas for Decorating a Scrapbook With a Pen
Practice doodling on a separate page, once perfected add it to your scrapbook layout. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Doodling is a free-form style of drawing. It's an extension of your personality and creativity. Inexpensive and not meant to be perfect, doodling adds whimsy and flair to scrapbook layouts. It is something that comes so naturally that many people don't even know they are doing it. People start doodling as early as elementary school -- filling notebook pages with random drawings of self expression. Use that creativity and put it in the pages of your scrapbook to create the accents that will make it unique.

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Page Borders & Corners

Page borders add a finishing touch to scrapbook layouts. Make doodles freehand directly on the background page or add them to stickers and paper already used as borders. Even a few small doodles can change the feel of a page. If you are scared of making a mistake freehand, use a stencil for the base of your border and embellish with more doodling. Waves, zigzags, dashes, vines, vertical or horizontal lines make ideal borders. Doodles in the corner of pages can accent your theme and help utilise the full page of your layout.

Hand-Lettered Titles

Titles in your own handwriting add an authentic touch to your layout. Sometimes you just don't have the correct font in your collection of stickers, rub-on transfers or die-cuts for titles. When this happens make your own font from doodles. Draw a light line in pencil as a guide to keep your letters straight and erase it after you have finished your title. Chisel-tip pens held at a 45 degree angle are ideal for calligraphy lettering, while fin-tipped pens are best to add curls, dots and hearts to ordinary letters.

Polka Dots & Swirls

Random doodles are perfect for filling dead space on a page. You don't need expensive embellishments, stickers and die-cuts to liven up a page. To add a festive flair to your page try doodling stars, polka dots, swirls or random drawings. Thin-tipped markers work well for doodles. First draw your doodle lightly, then once the ink is dry go over it again with the same pen or another colour to accent it.

Photo Frames

Doodling a photo frame will liven up a photo. If you can't find the perfect paper to use as a mat just freehand dashes, dots, waves, zigzags or your own thin and thick lines to create your own frame. The possibilities are endless as to what you can draw to make a photo frame. Have a layout that is pet-themed? Doodle small cat faces or paw prints all around your photo of you and your cat. Have a photo of a child's birthday? Doodle birthday candles or small cakes all around the photo to make it festive.

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