A Perfect Day in Paris | A Scrapbook Layout

A few weeks ago, I was a guest poster at Simple Scrapper. My article included specific ideas for how paper scrapbookers can take inspiration from digital layouts. I like to look through digital scrapbooking galleries the same way I look through paper scrapbooking galleries.

At the heart of it, scrapbooking is scrapbooking. Great ideas are great ideas regardless of whether they are created in paper or pixels. The layout I’m sharing today was inspired by a digital layout I discovered, Love This Kid by KyRainbow. I was really drawn to the abundance of white space and it inspired me to create this:

A Perfect Day In Paris

Supplies: Pattern paper – Echo Park For the Record Fancy Floral, Fabric Store, Lace Stripes, Advertisement. Cardstock: Bazzill Swiss Dot Butter. Embellishments – Echo Park For the Record Letter Stickers, Making Memories Vintage Findings stamps, Seven Gypsies date sticker, Ranger Inkssentials tag, Tattered Angels glimmer mist Key Lime Pie and Midnight Blue, American Crafts black brads, assorted Prima flowers. Tools – Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. Discontinued items – Gin-X Coasters, Maya Road ribbon, Doodlebug ribbon.

White space refers to the empty area that surrounds page elements on a scrapbook layout. It does not literally mean the color white (unless the background is plain white), so white space can be any color and it can be pattern paper too. It’s a design element that can make a dramatic impact on your page.

In this design, all of the page elements are pushed over to the right leaving the entire left side open. It works because all of the white space on the left balances the smaller cluster of elements on the right. The contrast between the two elements creates drama and makes for an interesting design.

I’m in love with this Echo Park For the Record collection. The colors are beautiful, the prints are vintage fun, the letter stickers offer variety. The typewriter keys and the letter tiles are a perfect combination! I love how my embellishment clusters turned out. Of course, when I was just about done with my page I realized that I had no room for journaling, so I misted a manila tag and added it behind the photo.

I know that this type of design is not for everyone. It clearly is not a page to help you scrapbook a stack of photos. But lately, I’ve been trying to push the limits and scrapbook in ways that aren’t exactly comfortable. This is just a quick page to remind me of a perfect day spent in Paris. I’ve never done a layout with this much white space, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Now that I’ve been paying more attention to the use of white space, I found a few other designs that include white space from these designers:

  1. Lisa Trusdell’s Eight
  2. Kelly Noel’s Perfect
  3. Kay Rogers’ Summer Days
  4. sueluv2scrap’s Ready, set…go!
  5. piradee’s Sunday Morning

And last, I’ll mention Karen Grunburg. She’s teaching a class at Big Picture Classes right now called Embrace Imperfection. Karen tells how her style evolved last year as she engaged in creating a layout a day for one month. Karen is now scrapbooking almost exclusively on white cardstock and some of her layouts also include a lot of white space, like this one and this one. I’m really enjoying the class and looking through her pages influenced me to write this article.

So are you ready to incorporate some white space into your next layout? Maybe not as extreme as this, but I hope you’ll give it a try.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Love the layering on this and how it’s all to one side. Nice page!!!! 🙂

  2. love the way you placed everything around the photo. Great job!

  3. Great picture and great layout, I love the background color and the cluster of embellisments, it comes together beautifully.

  4. Love this! It turned out beautifully 🙂

  5. Oh, Paris! I loved being Paris, too! But I haven’t scrapped my Paris pics yet. For the Record is a fabulous collection. And I agree that Karen Grunbergs classes are awesome! Embrace Imperfection was a real eye-opener to me!

  6. This is absolutely beautiful!

  7. Beautiful layout! I love how the focus is on that fabulous photo!

  8. Sometimes I can’t tell the difference between a digital and paper layout.
    You used your white space perfectly.

  9. I have an entire collection on Pinterest called “White Space Is My Friend”. Just pinned your wonderful layout!


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