A horse scrapbook layout makes a great addition to any horse lover's scrapbook. There are many creative ways to use a horse theme in a scrapbook that will work for people of all ages.
Starting a Horse Theme Scrapbook
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced scrapbooker, you can create a meaningful horse scrapbook. Before you begin the project, it is a good idea to figure out the major goals for the scrapbook. This will help you select the right design elements, photos and words for the page layout. To establish your goals, answer the following questions:
- What is the main purpose of the horse scrapbook? The answer to the question can affect the focus of your album. For example, an album intended as a gift for a horse lover may contain more pages with horse quotes and photos of different horses. A personal scrapbook about a child's competitive horse riding will have many pages dealing with the child and her horse, awards and competitions.
- Do I want to make a digital or traditional album? Digital albums work well for people who intend to share it with others online and want the convenience of doing everything on the computer. The digital scrapbooking tools allow you to create professional-looking pages and even mimic the look of traditional albums at any artistic level. Traditional albums allow you to do all the artwork by hand, which many people enjoy.
- What is the scrapbook budget? Determine how much you plan to spend on the entire project. Knowing your budget ahead of time will allow you to carefully plan your scrapbook supply purchases without impulse buying.
- What is the tone of the scrapbook? Do you want the horse scrapbook to be a serious tribute, a humorous look at life with horses or a light-hearted record of fun memories with your horse? The tone is something to consider before creating page layouts and buying embellishments to decorate the pages.
After answering these questions, you will be ready to shop for supplies and start thinking about layouts.
Tips for Horse Scrapbook Layouts
The following tips will help you plan your scrapbook supplies and layouts:
- Before a photo, make sure that your horse is ready for the camera. Brush him, make sure his halter is clean or even take it off for a more natural look.
- Try not to clutter a page with too many photos or embellishments. Lay out the photos and embellishments on a page before gluing them to make sure the layout works.
- Include keepsakes, such as prize ribbons or a lock of horsehair, in the album.
- Write down a description of the horse, his temperament and how much he means to you in the album.
Horse Quotes for Scrapbook Layouts
Incorporating quotes in the album layout can add a personal touch and set the tone of the scrapbook. Here are some famous horse quotes:
- "God forbid that I should go to any heaven where there are no horses." R.B. Cunningham Graham in a letter to Theodore Roosevelt
- "A man on a horse is spiritually as well as physically bigger than a man on foot." John Steinbeck
- "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." Winston Churchill
- "The horse is God's gift to mankind" Arabian Proverb
- "The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears." Arabian Proverb
- "And God took a handful of southerly wind, blew his breath upon it and created the horse" Bedouin legend
- "In riding a horse, we borrow freedom." Helen Thomson
- "A canter is a cure for every evil." Benjamin Disraeli
- "You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people." Will Rogers
- "Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people." W.C. Fields
- "It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts!" Nicholas Evans
- "O! for a horse with wings! William Shakespeare
- "Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground." Unknown author
Ideas for Horse Scrapbook Layouts
A horse scrapbook layout has many creative options. Here are some ideas:
- Horseshoe Layout: Draw a horseshoe on cardstock or use a horseshoe die-cut. Glue the horseshoe on a page. Write a quote about horses inside of the horseshoe. Glue a picture of your horse in the center of the horseshoe. Alternate version - Glue three small photos onto the horseshoe. Photo one and two go on the top left and right ends of the horseshoe. Photo three goes in the middle of the U-shape of the horseshoe. Add a poem or quote on a small piece of decorative paper on top of the page, above the horseshoe.
- Horse Photo Montage Layout: Select photos that should all go on two corresponding scrapbook pages. Cut the photos to size with scrapbooking scissors that add design details. Spread the photos artfully between the two pages without words so that the photos tell the story. Add stickers, stamps and frame to decorate the pages, as desired.
Online Resources for Horse Theme Layouts
The Internet is a good resource for free horse theme layout supplies. In fact, many website have free scrapbook printables for layouts. The following websites have helpful horse layout information for scrapbooking:
- Scrapbook: The site has free horse theme layouts and two free horse theme scrapbook kits.
- My Craft Book: The site has a sample horseback riding vacation scrapbook layout with instructions.
- Scrappin Stuff: The site sells a number of horse theme scrapbook supplies, including layouts.
A horse scrapbook is a good idea for the horse fan and the accomplished equestrian. Explore these options to create a memorable horse theme layout for your scrapbook.