|Posted: 2/27/2013 7:36:21 PM|As I look back over the years of scrapping, I see that my style has evolved of course, but I still don't really scrap the way I would really like to. Some of you are so dang good at really "junking up" ( I mean this in a GOOD way) the LO with tons of visual effects and great non-traditional usage of color. I tend to very linear and simple and I hate it! Is there some kind of a trick to being more abstract and learning to use more embellishments per LO or is that just a personal style? HELP!
Leader of the Banned
|Posted: 2/27/2013 7:42:04 PM|
I think there is room to adjust your style by looking at layouts and possibly scraplifting but I think more of it comes down to it just being 'in' you.
What are you looking at?
|Posted: 2/27/2013 7:58:59 PM|
I think it's a bit of both. Knowing basic design theory is a great place to start, and then once you know what works where and why (got all that? lol) you can add touches that make it distinctly your style.
Loc: Sunshine State Orlando, FL
|Posted: 2/27/2013 8:04:47 PM|
GG videos love them and that's how i got my layering technique and using papers from different manufacturers and just bringing them together with the embellishes.... also you tube is great i follow mercitiara and ginbeth1 and of course our own shimelle lane those are my three go for inspiration...
Loc: Poconos PA
|Posted: 2/27/2013 9:17:49 PM|
The more I youtube, the more I evolve and the more my layouts mature. Seeing good design is a cure for bad layouts, at least in my opinion.
Make a Wish
|Posted: 2/27/2013 9:58:50 PM|
Frankly, I like your style very much. Took a look in your gallery.
|Posted: 2/27/2013 10:02:12 PM|For me I give myself the "three strikes you're out" rule. Meaning I'll commit to try a new technique or product on at least three projects before I give up on it.
I leave the embellishments, tools, etc. on my desk during my creative periods so I remember to use them. Most of the time I find I end up using them even more often than just three times.
If I don't "discipline" myself a little bit, then it's too easy for me to get in a rut (which still happens ALL the time.)
|Posted: 2/27/2013 10:14:38 PM|
I think that you are not giving yourself enough time or credit. You have beautiful layouts.
If I remember correctly you just recently came back to scrapping after taking some time off, maybe you could try practicing what it is that you are really wanting. Nothing ever happens right away, it takes time and practice and before you know it you are doing it.
Loc: Aussie in SC. USA
|Posted: 2/27/2013 10:18:04 PM|
I don't know, I would love to scrap more like I did when I first started. I was much more technique based and was known for it.
But changing up your style has a lot to do with comfort zone and confidence too. You can have all the art and design theory in the world, and still be shy or scared about 'messing' something up, making mistakes and feeling bad if you ruin a paper you loved, or fear wasting embellishments.
When I was in the fine arts world, we were always told that the only way to do it is just get in and try. Practice with mock ups if you like. It might seem a bit odd to just practice with fake embellishments, but it might help. Paints and other mediums go a long way, but just get in and try it and see how it goes. Try a couple of scrap lifts as another poster said... you never know. At worst you will find out what you truly do like and don't like. Even that is a huge start.
Now to take my own advice lol!
|Posted: 2/27/2013 11:05:47 PM|Thank you all. After reading your thoughts, I realize I need to 1. be patient with myself, and 2. keep trying and watching YouTube videos! I will be checking out your blog too - I know that will help.
Pea with a Pen
Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 2/28/2013 12:05:47 AM|
I find that scraplifting ideas and participating in challenges are what would lead me to add those little extras. Also, if I use certain sketches (i.e Pagemaps) there are so many embellishments indicated, it's not too hard to put clusters in the spots indicated instead of just one little embellishment.
But I'm not an expert at "junking it up." Most of my pages are fairly simple.
I'm just a pea:)
Loc: *Sunny Southern California*
|Posted: 2/28/2013 12:08:11 AM|
Challenges are a great way to push your style and put layouts together with things you wouldn't usually use
You Wanna Peas of Me?
Loc: Western NY
|Posted: 2/28/2013 4:50:27 AM|
I find that my style tends to change every now and then. Sometimes I try to be more trendy, and others, I just go with it. I love my style now compared to when I first started.
The Paper Baker!
|Posted: 2/28/2013 5:35:39 AM|
I think for me personally, I don't mind getting in there and messing with things & "junking" it up with a new technique, or a different photo placement.
I am not linear at all, so my photo placement in the very first stages of a layout, start off the mood for me. I don't line them up perfectly, or will group them together offset toward one corner & that starts a fun grid for my embellishments to work into.
Loc: Hillsboro, TX
|Posted: 2/28/2013 5:57:35 AM|
I think the biggest thing for me in evolving my style was stepping out of my comfort zone and getting over the fear that I'd ruin the pretty paper or perfect embellishment. And I find more often than not when I just let go of the fear and just do it, I'm very happy with the results!
I would second what I've heard hear - try scrap lifting layouts you love just to get a feel for placement, check out some challenge blogs, try some sketches, etc. but mostly try just one layout without fearing you'll mess it up. I think you'll find it tremendously freeing!
Loc: Oklahoma City, OK
|Posted: 2/28/2013 3:46:52 PM|I think 'practice' is important, too.
I make sketches or play with ideas when I'm trying to use up 'waiting' time. I work in theatre, so there's always time waiting for someone- missing actors, drunken directors, drunken and missing designers... or other times like watching TV or a movie at home (I can't just sit still). I have my 'layout playset.' I have graph paper with squares drawn on them, that I photocopy and use to draw on- and my favorite practice-tool, my Post-Its. They're 3x3, so I imagine that as being 12x12 (you know-SCALE!) and I've cut other post-its (using the sticky part) into little squares representing 3x3,3x5,4x4 and 4x6 photos.
I practice my scrap skills with these- and that seems to help me to improve, and also to try-out an idea before cutting up the nice paper.
I've tried this, with a drawing app on my iPad, but it didnt seem to have the same effect- probably cuz I couldn't layer pieces of post-its, as if they're real paper.
Sometimes I even draw stripes and lines on the little bits of post-its to simulate different patterns.
I dont know if I'm adding anything to the conversation here or if I'm just rambling, so I'll go now- lol