10 Ideas for Dating Your Layouts

When it comes to dating scrapbook layouts, it seems people either do it consistently … or rarely do it at all.

I’m a page dater. It’s important to me to put my stories into context. By including the date on my pages, I am able to also determine other information that might not be included on the page itself, such as the age of my kids or where we were living at the time the story takes place. I also like to be able to compare layouts done at different times to see not only how my scrapbooking style has changed, but how my journaling and perception of life have evolved.

Another reason I nearly always include a date on my layouts is I simply LOVE dating products. Call me crazy, but there’s something about a cool date stamp or clever technique that can send me running to the digi-store faster than just about anything else. Seriously. In fact, one of the earliest purchases I remember making back when I was old enough to have my own money was an adjustable date stamp and ink pad.

For those new to layout dating – or others interested in having a variety of methods at your disposal – I’ve rounded up examples of several different options for adding this little tidbit of information to your pages. Check them out below … and then be sure to join us Thursday evening (7 p.m. Mountain/9 p.m. Eastern) for a challenge chat focused specifically on this topic. We’ll have some goodies for you to play with and hopefully get you inspired to make dating a part of your scrapbooking process.

Ideas & Options for Dating Your Scrapbook Layouts …

1. Perhaps the most basic, simply write the date right on the page, like this…

"Me and Lena" by digideb

2. A date doesn’t have to always include month, day & year. Sometimes just the year will do, such as in this page…

"Laugh Every Day" by scrappurple

3. The date can also be incorporated into your journaling – at the beginning, within the text or at the end, such as in this page…

"Cat in the Hat" by ltarbox

4. Get out that date stamp – the “real” thing or a digital product or font – and stamp that date somewhere on your layout …

"My Lucky Charms" by mummytothree

5. Another popular method is to add your date to a tag, like this…

"Stop Time" by kscwgirl

6. Or here’s another fun date tag, which in this case is prominent enough to also become a bit of a title…

"Meeting Ali" by Heather Prins

7. There are TONS of fun dating products available right now, such as the date strip neatly tucked into this page…

"Beautiful Princess E" by Laura

8. And I especially love the clever combination of standard date stamp and other fun features, such as the stamped circle, overlapping & fill-in options available in the kit I used in this layout…

"21 Things that Make Me Smile" by Kristin Rutten

9. Dates don’t have to be an eyesore. I love how this fun little product is so cleverly tucked into the corner cluster…

"I Love My Lens" by panders77

10. And perhaps my favorite of all techniques, combining several different elements – some stamped directly on the page and others more three-dimensional …

"What Was I Thinking?" by Kristin Rutten

Ready to go shopping for some fun date products? I know I am! I will be sharing links to several great finds on Thursday morning in preparation for our evening challenge chat. What’s YOUR favorite date product? Send me a link and I just might include it in Thursday’s post … right after I add it to my shopping cart!

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Please share your thoughts in a comment below …

Comments

  1. ava-j says:

    thank you kristin, for sahring all the fun ways to add dates to pages. i think iv used most of the ways that you’ve mentioned…but im loving the date tag in the corner cluster. will have to try that one day. 🙂

  2. ava-j says:

    thank you kristin, for sahring all the fun ways to add dates to pages. i think iv used most of the ways that you’ve mentioned…but im loving the date tag in the corner cluster. will have to try that one day. 🙂

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