Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Georgina Hefferman
“If music be the food of love, play on” Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
In many of Shakespeare’s plays, music is used to carry the plot through from scene to scene. This is similar to our everyday lives. Can you remember the song that was playing in the background when you had your first kiss? What song did you have playing at your wedding? Does your child have a favorite song that when you hear it on the radio, it reminds you of him or her? What song makes you cry? What song brings back happy memories? I imagine you have an answer for at least two of these questions!
Many of our everyday events or special occasions are linked to or summed up by a piece of music and we sometimes don’t even realise it. Whether you like classical, jazz, pop, rock, country, gospel, hymns or rap, there is something for everyone and each piece of music you listen to will evoke a different memory, a different feeling. Why not harness that emotion and put it in some music-inspired scrapbook layouts? Remember the music and not just the moment!
There are many ways you can add music to your page and here are a few of my favorite ideas.
- Record a song on a CD and incorporate this into your scrapbook page. Perhaps you could hide it in an envelope with some hidden journaling about how the music makes you feel.
- Create your own musical background paper using this gorgeously detailed stamp from Prima and create a page about your top ten songs of all time.
- Add the slightest delicate hint of musical notes to the edge of a page using this amazing punch from EK Success.
- Create a page about a favorite concert you attended and embellish it with musical stickers like these ones from Jolee’s.
- Know someone in a school band? Scrap photos of them but include copies of sheet music that they played. These embellishments from K&Company would make cute accents too.
- Been playing Rock Band on the Wii with your family? Scrapbook a page about that – who has been practicing the most? Who has the X Factor? These guitar stickers from Paper House Productions would make great embellishments on a Rock Band page.
- Record your own singing on this Dinotalk gift card holder and surprise someone with a scrapbook page as a gift.
- Use little brads from Queen & Co to add dimension to a page where you look back at how your tastes in music have changed as you have gotten older.
- Use a Tim Holtz musical mask to create a shadowed effect on your scrapbook page. Give it a vintage feel, and scrapbook a family history page about music that means something to your family.
- Use musical quotes or lyrics to a favorite song on your page and scrap it on this music-themed green paper from Deja Views.
If you are looking for more inspiration, how about some musical quotes:
- "Music's the medicine of the mind." --John A. Logan
- "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." --Victor Hugo
- "Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul." –Plato
- “Music is what feelings sound like.” --Anon
- “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” --Johann Sebastian Bach
I’ve also had a look around in the Scrapjazz gallery and found these few layouts that might inspire you:
- Kimberly M has created a digital layout of her son with a guitar and she has overlaid it with a musical script.
- Jeter2girl21 has created a Guitar-Hero-themed page, embellishing it with a lot of cool bling and rock-and-roll background paper.
- JLo2 created a page entitled “Music to Our Ears” and has used background paper with mini iPods printed on it as well as dainty musical notes so as not to take the focus away from the photo but to highlight the theme of the page.
- Here is one of my own layouts incorporating the music theme into a layout about my dance class.
I hope that has given you some inspiration to create your own music- themed scrapbook pages. If you find yourself wondering what to journal on a page, think about a song that says what you want to say and use the lyrics.