Jazz Up Your Layouts With a Cartoon Scrapbook

You don't have to create a cartoon scrapbook to use cartoons in your scrapbooking. In other words, you can still use those treasured family photos. But using cartoons can be an unexpected way to create scrapbooking variety and interest.

There are many ways you can bring cartoons and comic strips into your scrapbooking, and they all work depending on what kind of scrapbook you're making and what sort of design you enjoy. Check out these ideas and keep the idea of cartoon scrapbooking in mind in the future!

Ideas for a great cartoon scrapbook

1. Keep your eyes peeled for relevant comic strips in newspapers and magazines. If you find one that is particularly funny or really seems to speak to your family, clip it and save it. If possible, laminating it will prevent it from yellowing or aging.

2. Have family caricatures done. You can find caricature artists busking on summer evenings, working at carnivals and exhibitions, or online. If you have a series of funny sketches of your family cartoon style, you can combine them with other comics to create a great scrapbook layout.

3. Try your hand at drawing your own. If you have a bit of an artistic flair, do a bit of research on how to draw cartoons and see what you can turn out. Get a sketch book and have fun playing with ideas before you actually design a scrapbook around your results, though.

4. Download free clip art or find cartoon related stickers. Obviously, Disney is the big one -- there's a ton of Disney stuff out there, and it works really well on cartoon scrapbook pages for the kids. But there are lots of other cartoon type clips and stickers if you use your imagination.

5. Visit www.cartoonstock.com and browse their selection of scrapbook related cartoons and comics. They do charge for their use, but some of them are very appropriate -- and funny! -- to use in your scrapbook layouts.

6. Create scrapbook layouts by pasting down a layer of newspaper and working your layout on top. If you are using newspaper cartoons for embellishments, this helps them blend into the background a bit more and can create a more unified look for your page.

7. If you have access to a program like Photoshop or, better still, Comic Life on a Mac, transform your family's photos into comic strips complete with frames and speech bubbles. If there's a comic strip you particularly like, think about recreating it with your family's photos in place of the cartoon characters, then displaying the two strips side by side in your scrapbook.

You don't have to be a cartoonist to create a cartoon scrapbook anymore than you have to be an interior designer to repaint your living room. With a little creativity and imagination, cartoons make designing a scrapbook quick and easy. Keep these tips in mind and start planning your cartoon scrapbook today!

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