Section Titles

Last post I talked about Album Titles and today I’d like to share with you a few ideas for breaking a project down even further into Sections and show you some ideas for Section Title layouts. My epic Exchange Album is over 300 pages long, without it being divided into sections the whole thing could seem disjointed and overwhelming – not only from a viewer perspective but very much so from a crafting perspective. In an album like this sections are necessary for giving a beginning, ending or resting point in the albums contents. Having a common point of connection between your title pages makes it that much easier to find those points and to distinguish between sections.20150513_1SectionTitlePages‘My Awesome Exchange Adventure’ is divided into a total of 15 different sections highlighting what I consider to be the major topics of my exchange experience. They cover my first and last impressions, the people who had an impact on my year, the places I went and the activities I participated in. Depending on what you’re scrapping for most projects you can pretty much categorise subjects loosely into sections about people, places, activities and intangibles (like dates, things, or thoughts). You won’t necessarily always think of them in that fashion but as far as broad categories go they’re a good place to start. For example a holiday album could be divided into a quiz or mini style album with sections about the trip highlights for Mum, Dad, Sibling1 and Sibling 2. Or by the places you visited – towns or cities (or ports if your on a cruise) you went to; Grandma’s house, shopping experiences, natural wonders you saw; local attractions, the museum, the aquarium, the hotel . Or the activities you did – going to the beach, going to a theme park, family time. Or the weeks you were away – Week 1, Week 2, Week 3… or any combination of them all. Here are a few different title pages from my album (some that I’ve shown before) that make up the sections in my first volume of my student exchange album.20150513_2SectionTitlePagesBreaking up an album into sections also means that you as the crafter have specific points along the way to making an album where you can see evidence of your progress and also give you cause to celebrate victories. Say your doing a wedding album and you want to document the back-story, the wedding planning process and the different parts of the day. These broader categories could cover topics like how you met, when you started dating, things you did together in the early days; the proposal, pre-wedding events, choosing the ring, the dress, the venues; getting you hair and make-up done, the guests, the ceremony, the reception, your thoughts on becoming husband & wife etc.  Just like Jennifer Wilson always says breaking down a project into smaller steps helps you to see the next action to take in the crafting process and build momentum to finish the project. Breaking your album into sections, layouts for those sections and then steps to complete the layout makes it seem a far more achievable task than beginning an album and getting in stuck on the whole “where do I start” mentality and not getting very far.20150513_5SectionTitlePages20150513_6SectionTitlePagesOne thing to consider with section title pages is that you may need to include some element of design or connection to make them seem cohesive. This may be using the same layout design for each title page, using a unique set of fonts only for your title pages, having a specific colour scheme or design (like polka-dots) or collection of supplies. Depending on the scale of your own projects, you can determine how obvious or subtle to make this. Originally my section pages were just going to be like any other layout – a mix of papers and supplies that gave a hint at the coming content, but after I inadvertently made purple my colour of choice for the first two I crafted, it suddenly became clear that, that was the path I would follow for the rest of the project, including my album title page. I also have a bit of cross-over with supplies on these pages as well, usually only or one or two elements that appear on other section titles like the Making Memories adhesive ribbon on my ‘First Impressions’ and ‘Family’ layouts. Sidenote: The idea has always been to add tabs to the outside of the page to further show the division of the section, but I only recently picked up a tab die-cut while in Hobart for the Heidi Swapp Spotlight event. The main tie-in between section pages is definitely the purple colour though. Each section uses its own unique mix of other colours but purple is the one that brings it all together.20150513_3SectionTitlePagesIf you’re looking for a really simple and effective way of denoting sections, dividers are another great way to show the break between sections. Like me you can make your own from diecuts, patterned paper, cardstock or chipboard. Or you could use pre-made dividers that can be left ‘as is’, in their original form or become as dressed up as any other layout depending on your intention for them. Becky Higgins has quite a selection of plastic divider tabs for Project Life albums and Heidi Swapp’s recent release Wanderlust contained some chipboard dividers to fit in the binders that are part of that collection as well as month, alphabet and embossed dividers for her Memorydex trays or dies to cut your own.20150513_4SectionTitlePagesI really haven’t seen too many examples of title pages out there but it is something I really enjoy including in larger projects or stuff that requires a clear delineation between parts of it. Do you like to make or have you ever shared section titles in your own project? I’d love to see some of your work.

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