What was I thinking re older pages?

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Posted 10/6/2012 by ketsmom in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 10/6/2012 11:59:31 PM
As I said in another post, I am starting a reorganizing and clean out of my supplies in hopes of Sbing again. I used to love making page kits and had quite a collection of them that I got rid of. Oh my God, they were so ugly, busy and cluttered. I know that was the style at the time but I'm so glad I didn't put any precious pics on these pages. While I fell for some of the trends during my obsessed Sbing years, mostly my own pages are much simpler than that.. Can anyone relate to this that has been around for awhile?


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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:27:36 AM
Oh, sure! I think everyone gives in to current trends a bit, whether they intend to or not - it's what's out there to buy and to look at as inspiration! I have to laugh when I look through old scrapbooks and see photos cut into shapes and/or with decorative scissor-cut edges, and those die-cut triangle corners, or the photo-realistic or cartoony themed paper (I thought my paper had to match the subject ALWAYS), or the pages with 'sticker sneezes' all over.

But hey, done is done and I have way too much to go back and make them fit my current style, which will likely change in the future anyway! If I had page kits like that, though, they would go RIGHT out. No way would I use them.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:56:33 AM
I know! Many of my first pages are rather ridiculous. Then, I switched to digital (most of the time anyway) in 2008. My first digi pages are kind of silly too. I have some seriously crazy drop shadows under some of my elements! (Example below.) But...done is done. They are good for memories, and also a laugh!



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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:38:29 AM
I look at the pages I did when I first started in 2004 and I was too asking what was I thinking. But at the time, it was good. I'm glad I've grown and learned over the years. I like my work now so much better than I did back then. I've keep all my pages from the beginning not only as a reminder, but because they are a part of that time period for me.


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Posted: 10/7/2012 11:39:00 AM
I have been around scrapping long enough (since 1996), and around long enough in general (i.e. over 50) to fully realize that as time passes styles and fashions change. No matter when or what you do, it will ALWAYS look "dated" as time passes.

I am sure many of us looked with same pride and satisfaction at the pages made in 1997 or 2002 or 2005 as the page you made yesterday. In five years you will probably feel the same "What was I thinking" about the page you make today.

I am quite sure that in a few years people will look back at the current trend of pages made with one or two teeny photos, surrounded by layer upon layer of embellishments and say- what was I thinking? This is supposed to be about my photos, not embellishments !

I can imagine in the future someone pulling the photos off of those pages and just keeping the photos in boxes so they don't have to store 20 albums of embellishments. Kind of ironic to think that scrapping style may result in the photos going back into shoe boxes again.

So my feeling is to enjoy what I make at the time it is made, and appreciate it as the style of the times.



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Posted: 10/7/2012 12:05:08 PM
I agree with Sophikins.

We create using the materials, tools, techniques and trends of the day we are creating. In time those change and results in a dated looking page.

Just like looking back at hair styles, clothing and home decor and wondering what was I thinking to dress like that. Nothing wrong with what we did then. And someday what we are doing now will be just as laughable/cringe producing.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 12:05:48 PM
Sometimes I look at my pages and say "Why am I still scrapbooking the pages with these old papers and old very simple styles?" Thank you for your post, it reminds me that I will probably still love my pages years from now.


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Posted: 10/7/2012 1:16:03 PM
Those older pages are just a progression for me. My style will continue to evolve and change the longer I scrapbook. I really don't think that our great grandchildren are going to care what the layout looks like as they read all the info about our every day lives.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 1:21:50 PM
Actually while I agree styles change and evolve, my goal is to make my pages as simple and classic as possible while still enjoying the "art" of scrapbooking. Once I found my style, I still like all of those pages, even the ones that are 10 years old. I just have to stick to that style now and I wont care what the trends say.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 1:28:19 PM
think back to the moment when you finished that page. you probably smiled and were pleased with yourself and the good job and hard work that you did. sure, trneds come and go. that feeling of accomplishment will always remain.


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Posted: 10/7/2012 4:06:24 PM
I also started in 1997 and have made over 35 albums......My scrapping style? Well, I think it's always been simple....I like to think classic. I never did care for too many embellishments, or I prefer to use side boarders with embellies/stickers.

I scrap cronilogically (sp?) and try to show what our lives were like year to year...all the celebrations, accomplishments, and fun we had as a family.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 6:04:30 PM
Sometimes I look at my old pages and cringe--other times I look and remember something that I did that I still like and have forgotten about. However, I'm beginning to think if there are pages that I absolutely DESPISE, I should someday think about reworking them. But I always just tell myself that "someday" I will--but the reality is, I'll never be caught up enough to just go back and fix pages that I've already done.


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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:14:12 PM
I started scrapping in 1994 after seeing a Pebbles in my Pocket booth in SLC. My style was a lot different then. But, I figure it's sort of like a tattoo. It's a mark of what I loved at the time.

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