Been out of sbing awhile, so is one of the new trends not matching paper to the picture?

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Posted: 11/1/2013 1:35:18 PM
Hopefully, that makes sense. When I was really into sbig from about 1999-2009, one of the big things was to try and match up the main colors in your pictures with the color paper you used, whether that was cardstock or pp. I can remember spending so much time for instance looking for the perfect shade of.... When I looked in the gallery and on other websites I noticed that the paper that was used, seemed to me to be somewhat random, didnt match any colors in the paper. Im not criticizing, everyone does what feels right to them. I know for me though,I tend to be a clean, linear sber who is matchy,matchy type of person. Probably speaks to my lack of creativity.

The other trend I noticed was paper on top of pp paper on top of more oo paper with a picture, again somewhat randomly stuck on top. I guess I just dont get it.
So are these some of the trends now? Does everyone like this type of sbing or does anyone still like a more clean, linear look to their sb pages?
Again nothing wrong with anyones pages, if you like them do what you want.
For me my sbs are mostly "fancy" picture albums, not art projects. I think they are alot more interesting than a plain picture album but I still want the pictures to be the main focus so I do tend to stay simple.
Just wondered what everyone else is up to?


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Posted: 11/1/2013 1:45:31 PM
I'm not into the matching paper colors to picture, I like the contrast, so my picture does 'pop' from the background. For example, dgd was 'spidergirl' for halloween, when I do her page, I will probably stay away from red and blue...and look for something else to give it that contrast.

I'm just now discovering the multi pp layering with the use of my stencils ala Kiwi Lane, I'm not sure if that is what you are talking about, but I do like it.

After years of 'clean linear', it is kinda fun to change things up. Though I do find I still tend to use multiple pics, though an occasional single pic lo is fun also

but a trend you forgot to mention is Project Life. I haven't attempted it, but it looks really terrific for those who don't have time to plan complete individual 12x12 pages, like for my dil, who just had her 2nd baby.

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Posted: 11/1/2013 1:46:20 PM
That is certainly trendy. I would suggest watching some of the videos by the garden girls to give you an idea of the mindset. I have to admit I still match photo colours to a certain extent, and there are still lots of people still scrapbooking the old way, anything goes it is your photos after all


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Posted: 11/1/2013 1:53:27 PM
I started scrapbooking a few years ago, and one thing that makes me happy is to treat the layout like a big extension of or frame for my photo, so you will find me using colors in the photos on the pages. But I think you're right that that's not the dominant "on-trend" approach any more. One thing I've heard Glitter Girl say is that by not matching supplies to photos, you allow the photo to stand out more by way of contrast. It also lets you use any product on your pages, and some scrappers are very product-driven.

I know at my LSS, I see a ton of people walking around matching two or more shades of cardstock to their photos, so that way of scrapping is not gone! They are just not online, sharing their work, etc.

I consider myself a clean scrapper, too, but I like some patterned papers layers here and there. I like trying out new things within the framework of bold, simple lines.

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Posted: 11/1/2013 1:58:26 PM
I've scrapped for years. I have never matched my papers to my photos. And that has gotten more popular.

My scrapping buddy, always matched her papers to her photos. But I have noticed she isn't as strict about it as she used to be.

I think the layered look has become more popular because of all the pretty paper for sale.

The thing about scrapbooking is that there is a million ways to scrapbook. And all of them are the right way. If you don't personally like a trend, don't do it. Do what you love. Personally, I don't think my albums are fancy photo albums. It's a crafty way to show off my photos.

I love scrapbooking because it can be whatever I want. I try not to judge how other people decide to scrap.

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Posted: 11/1/2013 2:04:24 PM
Your post title made me giggle because I can see how you could be out of it and then look at some layouts posted here now and be like, "What?" The gallery here is very different from 2009. However, I don't scrap any differently than I did in 2009 and I would venture to say most people haven't changed much either. The people I know that scrap in person still stick to a clean, linear style with papers that coordinate and compliment the photos. I don't know anyone in person who puts one tiny picture on every page but that's the trend online with people posting layouts.

I probably do mix things up a little more than I used to as far as color goes because I don't like things to be as matchy-matchy as I used to. The thing about scrapbooking is that it's like fashion - you really can just do whatever feels right to you.

I think you just have to search out people with great design skills or a style similar to your own. My favorites are:

Nancy Damiano
Kelly Goree

Some of my other favorite scrappers now only do Project Life - another thing that's changed our industry.


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Posted: 11/1/2013 2:06:32 PM
I don't look at it so much as just throwing layers of paper on the page as it is (for me) using colors and patterns of paper to set a 'mood' for the page. If it's a fun page topic, I'll use fun colors and patterns, whether the paper colors match my photos or not. It's a lot more 'freeing' to me to work this way, because I loooove patterned paper.

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Posted: 11/1/2013 2:40:06 PM
I read your question and then I clicked over to watch one of my favorite video series, Scrap Your Stash. I'm not up to date with them, so I stopped where I left off and watched a video by one of my favorite Garden Girls, Nancy Damiano.

I had to laugh a bit when she started off by saying that she was choosing papers to go with the photo (her son is wearing a red shirt and she was choosing red papers) and then she proceeded to place the papers down without layering any with the photo! It's funny how it seems that "everyone" is doing something in scrapbooking when it's not really that way at all.

Here's the link in case you want to watch: Scrap Your Stash with Nancy Damiano

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Posted: 11/1/2013 2:42:18 PM
I agree with others who recommended Glitter Girl or Shimelle's videos. She explains really well why she picks the papers, embellies etc that she uses. She can also take a diverse group of pattern papers, that I would never think to put together, and creat a layout that I love. It's amazing. Like you I have trouble with all that layering of pattern papers. At first it seemed a waste of paper since you only see such a small amout of each pattern, but I have so much paper and so many supplies, I might as well start using them up. Have fun getting back into this hobby.


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Posted: 11/1/2013 2:58:18 PM
do whatever you love. set your own trend, embrace your own style and have fun doing it. and most of all don't compare your work to others. life's to short to think you don't measure up. it's scrapbooking it can't be taken too seriously. welcome back into the scrappy world.

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Posted: 11/1/2013 3:10:55 PM
So funny... I haven't stopped scrapping (though I have slowed down the past 2 years much to my dismay, but not on purpose and am itching to turn it around! anyway...) but I too have noticed the same things steadily over the past few years.

Personally, I am pathological about matching the paper to the photos. So much so that sometimes it's truly inhibiting, and I wish I could get over it, but I can't. The one exception would be Holiday papers... my kids' costumes are never orange, green and purple but I can stomach scrapping them on Halloween paper Otherwise, I just. can't. do it.

While I LOVE LOVE LOVE lots of PP and often use a lot myself, I too struggle with the concept of using one small photo. Again, totally personal, not good or bad, but my inclination is to show off the photos, and if it's an incredible picture (as I find so many of these types of layouts are) I want that photo to be huge! LOL

So, it's definitely not something you would just notice if you took a break for a few years and then came back, on both counts. I noticed both trends even while very active! But fortunately, even though there may be trends of all sorts that you see a lot of, I think for the most part we are all doing our own thing, whether it's the "old" way, the trendy way, or a totally new way... or some of each! Best thing about scrapbooking!

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Posted: 11/1/2013 6:52:26 PM
I don't think I'd know a current trend if it slapped me on the head. Ok maybe I'd know a few, but I certainly don't worry about it. After 14 years I definitely have my own style and I'm good with it.


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Posted: 11/1/2013 7:08:05 PM
I second Tracie's post. I love the artists she mentioned as well. And I certainly giggled at your post as well.

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Posted: 11/1/2013 9:58:59 PM
I do what I love, which is linear and matchy matchy.



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Posted: 11/1/2013 10:09:54 PM
OP...I am right there with you but the difference is I started scrapping in 2010 so I have only been at it for 4 years and I scrap like you. I view my scrapping as beautiful photo albums not works of art either. Glad to know I am not alone

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Posted: 11/1/2013 10:27:08 PM

do whatever you love. set your own trend, embrace your own style and have fun doing it. and most of all don't compare your work to others. life's to short to think you don't measure up. it's scrapbooking it can't be taken too seriously. welcome back into the scrappy world.

Brilliantly written.

IMO, with a slight amount of evidence, using a random gathering of non-matching papers does the exact opposite of drawing the eye to the photo.

As part of my undergrad in psych, I worked in a lab that did eye-tracking studies. You have the person immobilize their head by pressing forehead into molded head cradle and biting down on a bite bar, then line up the camera to the eye and record what they look at in several scenes. The more complex the scene, the more variant the eye movements, the less time spent on any one object in the scene, and the less memory the subject had for the scene.

It's not that I don't like the technique. I like it just fine on others' pages. But the idea that complex paper combinations increase the visibility of the focal photo is hard for me to buy.


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Posted: 11/2/2013 12:16:20 AM
Watch some of Glitter Girl's videos. Shimelle doesn't wait for the perfect picture. She does little if any editing. She doesn't match her photos to her papers - heck, she doesn't even match her papers!

She's not looking for perfection and as she often says, she's OK with that.

I love watching her videos because she just seems to enjoy the process so very much, and after I watch a few, some of that enthusiasm rubs off.

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Posted: 11/2/2013 8:48:10 AM
I am a theme scrapper so I rarely match the paper to the pictures. now if my theme paper matches my pictures, then that is good. For example I had some summer themed paper in shades of blue that matched a shirt my son was wearing, so I used that paper because it matched, but it was still themed.

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Posted: 11/2/2013 12:50:34 PM
I still pick paper colors based on colors in the pictures. I also want my pictures to be the main focus. My pages tend to be clean, although my style has evolved a bit in recent months. I want the papers and embellishments to help tell the story behind the photos.

My layouts don't look like most that you see in the galleries. I am definitely more "old school" as it is often called. I don't follow the trends unless I really like what I see, and even then, I use the trend in a way that fits my style.

Following your own "muse" doesn't show a lack of creativity IMO. It just means you march to the beat of a different drummer.

There is no right or wrong way to scrapbook. Sometimes others may make us feel like we are doing something wrong, are behind the times, unpopular, whatever, but you should scrap the way you like.

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Posted: 11/2/2013 1:33:25 PM
Yes, I've noticed that, too.

I'm primarily a themed scrapper, but even w/in that I tend to be very matchy-matchy.

I will never be on the cutting edge, lol.

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Posted: 11/2/2013 2:30:55 PM
For me, it varies from LO to LO.

Sometimes it's more matchy, usually when I'm including a lot of pics on one LO. If I'm only doing 1-3 pictures, I usually want those pictures to stand out, so I'll use contrast.

However, if I really wanted a pic to stand out, I'd mat and frame it and put it on my wall, not on a sb LO.

ETA: I have to say that I've never spent one second of my life worrying about what's trendy in a hobby and if I should do what's trendy for the sake of being trendy. I look on trends as ideas that I can take or leave as they appeal to me or not. (I mean, you're never going to see me in a pair of jeggings or kitten heels or Crocs no matter how trendy they might be at any given time, because I don't like the look of any of them. Same is true for my hobbies.)

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Posted: 11/2/2013 3:51:45 PM
I still prefer to match my photos to my pp and I don't do the floating pictures, I guess I'm not trendy, oh well. Have fun scrapping your pics.


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Posted: 11/2/2013 4:38:31 PM

The gallery here is very different from 2009. However, I don't scrap any differently than I did in 2009 and I would venture to say most people haven't changed much either. The people I know that scrap in person still stick to a clean, linear style with papers that coordinate and compliment the photos. I don't know anyone in person who puts one tiny picture on every page but that's the trend online with people posting layouts.
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Posted: 11/2/2013 4:53:56 PM
I'm another one who still picks papers to match photos. I hardly ever mix in a paper that doesn't link to the colors in the photo or colors in one of the papers that do link to the photo. It's what I like.

It's really about what you enjoy doing and like seeing in the end result. It's great to try a different style but if you don't like it in the end, don't force yourself into that mode. The last layout I did was inspired by Celene Nararro's video this week. MY page has one photo, lots of gesso and mist and handwritten journaling. It isn't my usual style at all. I love the finished project but I'm not going to do that every time because it doesn't work for me as a way of telling the story for most of my photos. Plus I didn't use any pattern paper!

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Posted: 11/2/2013 6:22:17 PM
I can't do parts with paper that doesn't match my photos

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Posted: 11/2/2013 6:25:59 PM
I just scrolled through lots of layouts in the gallery and I'm not seeing what you're seeing.
Most of what I see has photos and paper matching

I also see black and white photos which go with any paper.

I have seen scrapbooker a that look like they may be brand new to the craft put photos with theme paper that doesn't have any color match the pic. But I think that's really just brand new scrappers who haven't found their style yet.

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Posted: 11/2/2013 6:36:07 PM

I have seen scrapbooker a that look like they may be brand new to the craft put photos with theme paper that doesn't have any color match the pic. But I think that's really just brand new scrappers who haven't found their style yet.

Apparently I haven't found my style after 18 years of scrapping. When my ds plays sports I search for *gasp* embellishments that relate to the sports and usually don't match his clothing. And the holidays? My Halloween pages are a total train wreck.


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Posted: 11/2/2013 6:56:14 PM
I suppose it depends on your definition of "matching paper to picture"...there are quite a few scrappers that would say a particular paper matches and others that would strongly disagree on the exact same paper.....

I think years ago, far more cardstock was, it's more patterned paper. You need to use some design principles, I believe, in order for the page to look cohesive. I don't think anyone is suggesting that you just throw a bunch of patterned papers on a page with a photo in the middle and that "the photo will stand out"...

If you look at the GG pages or some of the others in the gallery, there are the rule of thirds applied, contrast, odd numbers, contrasting colours, repeating patterns etc.....
I had a look at the last 3 layouts that Shimelle did and one of them has a b&w photo with only a couple of colours used (anything will match that), one of them only uses 2 colours (that do match the photo) and uses a white background, and the other one, though very colourful, repeats colours in about 3 places on the page, drawing your eye to the photo.....
Often when multiple colours and/or patterns are used, the photo will be centered with a white matting or white space around it (contrast) that makes it stand out.
I think while a lot of scrappers now, will NOT match a photo entirely and use a lot of cardstock, they will still pull colours FROM the photo and use that as inspiration for their pp choices (whether they go complimentary, tertiary etc..)


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Posted: 11/2/2013 7:35:10 PM

Scrapbooking is an art. Do what you like. I've been scrapbooking for about 18 years and my style has changed.

One of the newer trends that I'm seeing that I don't like to use is to put only one picture on a page. I'm about 3 years behind and I'd never get caught up if I did one pix/pg.


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Posted: 11/2/2013 11:56:11 PM
I find it so liberating not to have to match paper to my photos. I also don't mind just having one photo on a page. I do it to record memories, my pages are heavily journaled, and to relax. It is my down time. I like to mix up the styles in my album. I just have fun.

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Posted: 11/2/2013 11:59:59 PM
Like you I came back to scrapping and found much had changed stylewise. I love the new PP layering so I'm doing that in my layouts, but I have a lot of pictures to scrap so I don't go with the one picture per page style. As far as color matching goes I never really tried to match colors in my pictures since I'd be too limited on the papers I could use.

As most of the Peas will tell you, scrapping is about having fun and embracing your own style. It's your albums, so do whatever you like.

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