How To: Creating Layouts for Boys

I happen to have three pretty special guys in my life: my husband, Brett; my oldest son, Joseph; and my youngest boy, James. That makes for several masculine topics that I need to cover in my albums. Today I thought I'd share some basic concepts to consider when creating layouts for boys.

#1: Design for the boys. While you might enjoy ribbons, doilies, and pretty pink papers, the boys not appreciate it quite as much. And though sometimes I go ahead and incorporate those items into my layouts, I try to design with my boys in mind. I want them to enjoy the layouts I created. So I consider that when designing. Here's a layout that a boy would appreciate for the masculine colors and elements:

 Source: Northridge Publishing Newsletter

#2:  Details, details, details. Think texture, color, and purpose when designing a layout for boys. This layout shows my son's love for bugs. I incorporated items that fit this theme. Every detail was carefully pre-planned.

 Source: January 2011 Scrapbook Trends Magazine

#3: Perspective. Tell the story from their perspective. Ask them to contribute to the journaling. Use descriptive words like the large, bolded words in this layout to describe the event. Even incorporating their handwriting will make the layout more special.

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