5 Scrapbook Page “Liftables” from a Layout by Shanna Hystad

When your details and design are well-chosen and carefully crafted the result is a masterful scrapbook page. Check out five details on “Wild in Arizona” by Shanna Hystad, and see if one or two of them can inspire your next page.

Shanna made this page as a part of her work for the Get It Scrapped blog post, “Find and Use Inspiration for Designing with Line on the Scrapbook Page.”

1. Use a background that mimics the background in your photos.

Shanna did a wonderful job of selecting a background for her page that would make her photos look right at home.

Not only is the coloring a good fit for her desert scenes, the tone-on-tone pattern mimics the texture found in the backdrop of her photos.

2. Use a triangle crop to add interest and energy to your design.

Cropping our photos in a shape other than a square or rectangle is a quick way to add instant appeal to your page. It is fun and unexpected and the tringle shape that Shanna used here, also creates a sense of motion on the page.

3. Look for line inspiration in the world around you.

Shanna says: My inspiration came from a photo I took a few years ago in Austria at the top of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The rooftop had a unique zigzag pattern that was absolutely breathtaking. When I looked at the photo it also looked like arrows that repeated, which is what I wanted to use on my layout which is about my daughter’s recent girls’ trip to Arizona.

4. Frame your photo with your journaling.

Shanna says: The challenging part here was deciding how to incorporate my journaling into the design, but I used my line inspiration and was able to find the perfect spot. Shanna then accented her journaling strips with chipboard chevron pieces.

5. Use symmetry to counterbalance an interesting crop.

If you opt for a bold crop on your focal photo it may get tricky when it comes to adding additional photos. However, if you use the principle of symmetry to help you place those extra photos, the end result can be magical.

Wild in Arizona by Shanna Hystad | Supplies: Paper: Best Creation & Kaisercraft, Puffy Stickers: Crate Paper, Brads: Carta Bella, Flair: My Mind’s Eye, Tags: October Afternoon & Pink Paislee, Foam Letters: We R Memory Keepers & American Crafts


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Hi, everyone! My name is Shanna Hystad. I live in Auburn, Washington, and have been married to my high school sweetheart for more than 30 years. We’re the proud parents of a 26-year-old daughter, who is often the subject of my scrapbook layouts. I’m obsessed with coffee, which could be why I chose to work as a manager at a large coffee company in Seattle. In my spare time, I’m a blogger and I love sharing my passions with others including scrapbook design, photography, and my search for farmhouse treasures.

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