Classic design style comes directly from traditional photo albums--the photographs are aligned with just enough embellishment to enhance the page. Often, multiple photos are used to tell a story. Photo matting or framing is simple. This page style is all about structure and balance.
Clean and Simple Design
Clean and simple layouts keep the focus on one item (usually a photo) by using white space (open areas on the layout without embellishment, photos or text) and using a limited amount of embellishments. Backgrounds are often neutral but always simple while embellishments can be any color as long as they complement the photo.
Assemblage: Clustered and Layered Design
In this style, photos, papers and embellishments are layered together for a design with great texture and interest. Photos are sometimes arranged at various angles and clustered together, surrounded by the layers of papers and embellishments that are the cornerstone of this style. This style can be anything from formal with straight lines and realistic elements to informal with tilted papers and whimsical or doodled elements.
Photo Blend / Collage Designs
Showcase a favorite photo by turning it into a work of art. The photo is blended with background paper. Since the focus is on the photo, usually minimal details are added. There may be a decorative edge and word art. In a more difficult technique, photos are blended together to look like one.
Geometric or Blocked Design
A main feature of this style is a geometric design--squares, rectangles, circles. Sometimes there are lots of photos and less embellishment; other times, a clean and simple design is achieved.
Fantasy style layouts take the subject of a photo and place it into fantasy-like scenes. Fantasy layouts are less about preserving a memory and more about creating an artistic representation of a memory.