I feel like my 'style' is all over the place and sometimes....

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Christina Collins
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Posted: 1/17/2013 6:59:31 AM
I feel like my 'style' is all over the place and sometimes I just want to give in and scrap nothing but simple layouts.

I admit that I have 3, maybe 4 layouts that are truly my style. They are layouts that I came up with all by myself. They are my favorite but for some reason I haven't been able to scrap that way for a few months now. I've been comparing my work to others and taking to much inspiration from them. I sit here or on pinterest looking for inspiration and I think to myself that "her style is so much better than mine". That's when I go to the scraproom and try to force myself to scrap that 'type' of style. I admit that some of the layouts that come out - I do end up liking - but for the most part they end up in the 'redo' pile because they just aren't *me*. Why am I so scared to just scrap what I like? Why do I have to worry so much about what other people think of my layouts?

I feel like when you flip through my albums - the styles are all over the place and don't compliment each other.

...And I do like the 'simpler' look for certain layouts (where the picture is the main focus) but it's so opposite of what my 'true' style is. Can you have two different styles?

Sorry if this is such a long read. I just had to get my rant out to those who can relate! My hubby looks at me like I'm crazy when I go on about this stuff.



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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:03:37 AM
Your style changes depending on your mood. Don't worry do what works for you.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:04:55 AM
Make the layouts you want. Everyone's style evolves over time -- I know that Shimelle has done a blog post or three about how her style has evolved.

And it's all okay. It's your book -- unless you are trying to brand yourself to have a paper line or something, you don't need to worry about it all that much, IMHO.

At the end of the day, just go for it. Make yourself happy -- you're the one who is keeping the layout in the end.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:08:24 AM
I see scrapping a lot like fashion. I don't get all up in arms about having just one fashion style. Looking through fashion mags doesn't send me into a spiral of not being good enough with my style. Scrapping should be the same way.

I have dress up clothes, get-the-job-done clothes, my every day don't have to really think about getting dressed clothes. No reason scrapping can't be the same way with dressed up fancy artsy layouts, plain get it done layouts and the everyday just do it layouts.

Read the mags like fashion mags. Somethings you'll want to copy for a specific event. Others not so much.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:20:27 AM
I can relate with how you are feeling, although I am a relatively new scrapper. I notice layouts that are not me, but through experimenting with different techniques and materials I have found what I like using. And, like fashion, it changes but my favorite elements or designs remain the same. Experimenting is the creative process. No worries!



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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:28:43 AM
I totally understand-but I have learned about myself through this process! I like to experiment with things, and some are "me", some are not, but it is the whole process of trying them all out that I enjoy!


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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:33:38 AM
"No reason scrapping can't be the same way with dressed up fancy artsy layouts, plain get it done layouts and the everyday just do it layouts."

I totally agree with this. Speaking as someone who has been scrapping for years but only used a sketch/layout for the first time this past month - my pages were all my own and STILL were all over the place! I usually select paper based on the photos I'm scrapping, and it goes from there, based on how much space I have, what the paper looks like, how much time/creativity I have, how much I care about the photos . . . And I'm okay with that.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:41:30 AM
I feel the same way most of the time. I like all sorts of styles ~ my pinterest board is evidence of that! Sometimes I make a really clean & simple layout and other times I feel inspired to make a more elaborate or trendy one. I try to just go with the feeling and not stress too much about how everything fits together style-wise. I think that most of my pages have the same "voice": not necessarily the creative style but the intent behind the layout. To me, that is what makes the collection of albums fit together as a whole. In the end, as long as you're happy, it's all good.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:43:04 AM
I don't give any thought to my scrapbook style. I do what feels good at the time, and as long as I'm having fun and telling the story, I don't worry about the rest.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 8:33:39 AM
I can SO relate to this. My albums are completely all over the place, mostly because I just put the LO's in there without any chronology or theme (), but also because my pages look very different from one another.

I also like to get my inspiration online and love lots of different styles. Like Finnabair with her grungy projects, Lisa Truesdell with awesome photography and more graphic (non-cute) style, Wilna Furstenberg with her airy, feminine style etc... And since inspiration comes from such different places no wonder that shows in your own scrapbooking.

I actually like to scrap in different styles, sometimes I feel like vintage with distressing and flowers, sometimes fun with bright colors and cute chipboards etc. For me, I like it this way. I think of it like how I usually want to listen to music, I like a mixed playlist with different artists (remember the old mixed tapes you used to make? Ballads, rock, pop and whatnot in a glorious mix ). Therefore I don't stress about it much, I just try and scrap what I feel like (and also what seems to come to me relatively easy, scrapbooking shouldn't be a hardship).

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Posted: 1/17/2013 8:48:59 AM
I understand comparing your layouts to others. I get the same feeling sometimes when I see amazing layouts by people and feel mine don't stack up. I think we are just being too hard on ourselves though. When other people look at your layouts I bet they love them and say your amazing and it's just you that is worried about them.

I also think it's difficult to compare yourself to what is online. When looking at 'proffessional' scrappers (like the garden girls) they all seem to have a very distinct style. Part of the reason for this is because their style is their brand. Alot of them are doing this for a living so it's important we can identify their layouts straight away. For our own work it's not important to have your own style because it's about having fun and sharing memories.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 8:57:42 AM
I like that each page has a bit of different look than the others around them. I have had comments/questions about how I come up with so many different ideas. Yet people many people that know me can usually tell my pages when they see them.



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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:04:53 AM
I feel the same way, sometimes! But, I am usually pretty happy with the layouts that I finish, and I don't think I would like it if they were too much the same or too similar in style.

Sometimes it is really hard not to use awesome layouts made by others as a metric for judging my own work. I have to try really hard not to feel like there is a "better". And it's hard, because let's face it -- there are so many amazingly talented scrappers out there!

I try to remember why scrapbooking is important to me:
1. I am a story teller. I love telling stories. I want to record more than just the 5W, so if I can back up a photo with some element of a memory that other people can understand through the layout, then I think that's pretty great.

2. I love paper.

3. I love design. Making a page that "works" is important to me. And sometimes imperfection IS perfect, and that's OK, too.

4. Most of all, I think, I love my family and I want everyone to know it, forever. Each of my layouts is like a little mini love letter to my fam. If in years from now they open an album and look at it and think we had some pretty great moments as a family growing up, and that their mama sure did love them a pile... well, I think that's the BEST layout of all.

Galleries are GREAT for supporting each other and for inspiration. But don't let it become a metric for your own work. Decide what is important to you, and then make pages that make you feel good.






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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:17:31 AM

I try to remember why scrapbooking is important to me:
1. I am a story teller. I love telling stories. I want to record more than just the 5W, so if I can back up a photo with some element of a memory that other people can understand through the layout, then I think that's pretty great.

2. I love paper.

3. I love design. Making a page that "works" is important to me. And sometimes imperfection IS perfect, and that's OK, too.

4. Most of all, I think, I love my family and I want everyone to know it, forever. Each of my layouts is like a little mini love letter to my fam. If in years from now they open an album and look at it and think we had some pretty great moments as a family growing up, and that their mama sure did love them a pile... well, I think that's the BEST layout of all.
That is so awesome!

Like so many others said, I love trying different techniques/styles, too... I still have some old plastic page templates that I use every once in a while - just for something different. I used to wonder what "my style" was but I don't really think I have one. There's just too much stuff out there and in the end, it's your book, your story so, really, anything goes!

Relax and enjoy!

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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:43:06 AM
I actually like to scrap in different styles, sometimes I feel like vintage with distressing and flowers, sometimes fun with bright colors and cute chipboards etc. For me, I like it this way.



^^^^^ I agree with this. If you look at my gallery (I don't have many layouts posted, but enough to get an idea), you can see that I have at least two or three different scrapbooking styles depending on the subject I'm scrapping and how 'artsy' I want to get while I'm doing it.

I have a few pages I did about some of my family 'heirlooms' and to me, those need a vintage sort of feel, so I used October Afternoon vintage-looking papers. (I'm sure Lisa Truesdell could do those pages in her clean, graphic style and make them look good, but I know I couldn't.)

Other pages are vacation / trip type layouts, where I want the focus to be more on the photos, so I do a simpler, sketch-based layout without much embellishment.

As another example, I scrapped a few very-high-energy pictures of my dogs playing in a more artsy style using Amy Tangerine paper, to play up the energy and motion in the photos.

For my pages, I like the fashion / clothing analogy: I have different needs for my pages- and I have different moods when I'm scrapping them- so I use a different sort of style to scrap them in. Plus, like a previous poster said, I love all kinds of paper, so I like to buy- and hopefully use- different kinds!!

That being said, if you truly like doing simpler style layouts, that's perfectly okay-- do what makes YOU happy! (Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the blogland and design team frenzy of using all sorts of product on your pages, especially around CHA time when they're all showcasing layouts to show off the new collections.)






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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:46:04 AM
One of my absolute favorite scrappers is Corrie Jones (one of the new GG's!!) Every page she does is so markedly different from the last, but I can definitely tell it's Corrie's work. It's OK to have different pages and it's ok to have a different style. And nobody's style is better than another person's. But a good LO, regardless of style, is inspirational. For example, Wilna's style is gorgeous, but not like mine at all. It doesn't mean she is not inspiring. I look at her work and adopt some of her elements into my work without copying. Be it color choices, a layering cluster, a banner.

There is also inspiration overload. Too much pretty and it all gets jumbled up in your head. My advice is to picks 10 LO's and use them for a little while as inspiration.

And you said that you have 3-4 LOs that you love. Put them side by side and figure out why. What are the common threads? If you're in a rut, then just scraplift yourself. Sometimes all it takes for me is to start cutting paper and then inspiration comes and it all just flows.




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Posted: 1/17/2013 10:52:16 AM
This is one of the things I love about scrapbooking! There are no hard and fast rules that say you have to stick to one style. I love to experiment with different styles and techniques. If I don't end up liking it, I don't have to do it again. If I do, I can add it to my "toolbox".

Don't be too hard on yourself. I really like a certain print on Pinterest that says, "Comparison is the thief of joy". I try to remember that when I start feeling my layouts aren't good enough (I should print it out and hang it in my scrap area). For me, a lot of the joy is in the creative process.



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Posted: 1/17/2013 10:58:50 AM
I try so many different products, paper lines, color combos that all of mine are all over the place too...lol.I have scrapbook supply ADD...haha! But, I have fun trying stuff out and scrapping different ways so I am cool with it.

If it really bothers you, try finding someone who scraps similar to the 4-5 LOs you really like and follow them by blog or youtube. That way the person will inspire you and have sketches and LOs that may continually inspire you and make your album cohesive.

I scrap 3 books for each of my kids, plus do a PL book for myself. So, if I don't like a particular layout, I put it in someone else's book...hahahaha


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Posted: 1/17/2013 1:38:15 PM
Ladies! You give such great advice. Thank you all very much.
It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who has an 'all over the place' style. I guess all that really matters is that I am having fun with it.

I will say that I think a lot of this is coming from the fact that I just recently flipped through my scrapbook. As much as I love some of the layouts - the pictures just aren't shining through all the embellishments! Maybe I am growing out of my "pack everything on to one page" style and growing into a simpler style. I miss having the pictures be the true star of the show.

Maybe I'll consider making a few changes to my scrapbooking (and keeping it more simple) and keep on layering/embellishing it up with my cards!



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Posted: 1/17/2013 4:48:49 PM
For what it is worth, I really like the cards and layouts in your gallery and I think the pictures shine through beautifully. I don't have any advice the others haven't already given, but I agree that (unless you are mailing them) cards are a great place to embellish if you decide you do want simpler pages.
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Posted: 1/17/2013 5:27:11 PM
Just looked at your gallery and I have to say I just love your work! From the simple to the detailed---beautiful! My own pages are all over the map from busy and heavily embellished to simple and graphic--and I like not feeling boxed in to any one particular style. For me, thats what makes it fun! Keep doing what you love best and you can't go wrong!


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Posted: 1/17/2013 5:32:48 PM
I've always thought my style was so all over the place that it wasn't even a style


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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:04:32 PM
Personally, I think you are being too hard on yourself. My layouts, maybe are all over the place, because I do scraplifting. But I deviate enough that they are my own.

When I finish a page, it's pretty much done. Unless I decide within a year that it needs more embellishing, that is. Because I have been known to go back and look at months-old pages and figure out what else they might need.

The basic design stays the way it is. If I want to rescrap a photo to capture a different idea, or practice a new technique or whatever, I will rescrap a photo on a new layout. But not redo layouts.



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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:19:26 PM
style? we're supposed to scrap in a particular style? LOL

My style (and I have over 1000 LOs posted to verify) is pictures, title, date, (journaling optional), the rest is an open field. I never pre-plan a page. I sit with a photo and run with it and see what happens. Not all my pages are masterpieces, and sometimes i scraplift or use a sketch as a starting place especially if it's part of a challenge, but mostly I scrap matching paper colors to my photos and embellishments to my theme. I like most of my pages even if everyone is different from the other. Kind of like having multiple personalities. LOL

I never really compare my work to others as their work doesn't end up in my books anyway. And if I like something someone did, I'll try it out myself in some form. I do prefer pages that let the pictures be dominant though.

I scrap because I enjoy the creative process and hope I can get down enough memories to give an snapshot of the events, people and places visited otherwise I risk that my kids will only remember me behind a laptop when I'm gone. LOL

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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:19:28 PM
My style is all over the place sometimes too, but I am truly a clean and simple scrapper. (Boys aren't fond of frilly and flowers). I am happy with my style and add techniques and twists as the mood or pictures move me.

I have a friend who has a style all her own. She is frilly and flowery, lots of ribbon and lots and lots of layers, all the things that I am not. We are totally opposite. But, there is not a layout she does that doesn't inspire me is some way. It may only be one little piece or part, but I have learned that while we have different styles we can inspire each other without duplicating each other. We each stay true to the style we truly love and are comfortable with, but often take inspiration or ideas from each other.

That is one of the things I love about this hobby. There are no hard fast rules. Be true to yourself and the style that you love. Let the photos and story guide you and you will love your layouts as you will know that you put your heart into each one.
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