It’s the accumulation of well-chosen and carefully crafted details that create a masterful scrapbook page. Check out 5 details on “Today I am Golden” by Marie-Pierre Capistran, and see if one or two of them can inspire your next page.

Marie-Pierre made this page as a part of her work for the Get It Scrapped blog post, The 5 Page Parts As Focal Points on the Scrapbook Page.

1. Start with a plain white canvas and pile it on!

Marie-Pierre says: “I have to admit that my layout finished way more loaded than how I thought it would. But I still think that my title gets the focus because of all that white space around it. The empty pulls the eye away from the business of the rest of the page.”

2. Opt for a title with a double meaning.

Marie says: “The words in my title are playing with the ‘golden’ theme of her golden birthday, but they also add a double meaning: she is golden and loved.”

3. Use a layered shelf to separate your primary page elements from supporting elements.

Marie says: “To separate the title and main photo from the smaller supportive photos, I layered 3 ribbons. One solid pink with some dark pink and glittery leaves motif, a transparent tule kind of ribbon. It was very wide so I folded it in 4, which gave it more consistency than a single layer would have had. And I topped all of these with a narrow gold ribbon that I glued in place forming circles.”

4. Use a series of photos to make the viewer feel like they’re there!

Marie-Pierre says: I took so many photos of this special event, but I chose these 4, and cropped them into squares and laid them out in a row, to develop the story a bit more.

5. Use tone-on-tone word strip journaling to guide the eye through your page’s design.

Marie-Pierre says: “I printed my journaling on white cardstock and cut it out into strips. I glued them loosely, creating small hills to give movement to the page.”

Today I’m Golden by Marie-Pierre Capistran | Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts; Letters: American Crafts; Gold Leaf: Houston Art and Frame; Stamps: Mama Elephant; Puffy Stickers: Stickers Nouvelles Images; Label: Pretty Little Studio; Ribbon: from stash.

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Marie is a French-Canadian, mom of two little girls, married to her Swiss-German husband since 2000. As an expat family, they moved quite a bit, and they are now settled in Prague, Czech Republic. Marie is an artist at heart and has been crafting for many years. She enjoyed working with many different types of crafts including watercolor, paper cutting and calligraphy before she fell in love with memory keeping in 2008, which is now her biggest passion. Marie now has her own line of scrapbooking products manufactured by Pretty Little Studio. Marie has been on many design teams, has won many scrapbooking contests and has been teaching online. She is back on the Get it Scrapped design team for the 6th year. You can find her blog, on Facebook and on Instagram.