A scrapbook is a time-capsule of visual memories and a portfolio presents a body of artistic or professional work. Combining the two lets you use your imagination to create a book that invites readers into your life through your hobbies. When deciding on scrapbook page ideas and titles for the portfolio, think about the formal or informal message you want to communicate to the person flipping through the pages.
Create a portfolio scrapbook that showcases work with a personal flair. If you want a more professional look, design clean and simple pages that guide a reader to the work and not the page design. Incorporate bold, black borders around photographs or written documents. If you are creating a photography portfolio, consider matting the pictures with a bevelled-edge mat board to place in the book. If you'd rather make a fun and and colourful book, choose coloured pages. Add small details--like sequins, glitter, stickers, pressed flowers, stamps or written notes-- to draw a reader to look at each detail.
Find the overarching theme of the book. Some scrapbook makers like to choose the title before assembling the book, which helps inform how they piece together their design and the work inside. Others prefer to wait until they finish the book to choose a title so they can look over the work and see a recurring theme or sentiment.
If you are building a portfolio of family vacation memories, consider using a quote as a title, a sweet or funny thing someone said about the trip or to a family member. Or, choose one destination or memory from the trip that symbolised your experience together such as "Searching for Sand Dollars" or "Reaching Home" or a similar thematic summation.
Add actual objects and pieces of objects into the scrapbook. The scrapbook model, unlike a normal portfolio, asks that you place real objects imbued with significance and memory into the book. For example, if you are creating a portfolio of high school memories, tell the story through notes you and your friends shared with each other. Place the written notes into the book like you would in a photo album.
If you are creating a book to crystallise a tropical vacation you went on with a partner, add some of the shells or sand from the beach into the book. Cover each page, like you would a photo album, with a plastic adhesive sheet so all the objects stay inside. Or, create pockets of materials. Place envelopes or a small paper or plastic pouch in the album. A reader looking through the book can open up a pocket and discover the hidden contents.
Tell a story through pictures. Choose to add descriptions of the photographs or let them speak for themselves. Dedicate an entire page to especially significant or well-shot photographs. For smaller photographs or group pictures, place four or five photographs on a single page. Scatter the amount of photographs throughout the book so that a reader can concentrate on one photo and then move to a group of photographs. Consider adding captions or word-bubbles to the photographs so a reader can "hear" a dialogue between subjects.
A few companies offer online digital scrapbook solutions. Smilebox is a photo service that offers scrapbook designs. Choose a template design and personalise the book with personal photos, notes and music that plays when a reader opens your book. Like an online greeting card, you can e-mail the digital scrapbook to friends and family and keep one for yourself. Add to the scrapbook when you take new photographs or when you want to add fresh pages of work or memories.
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