|Posted: 3/10/2013 1:57:19 PM|
Look at all the other pages being created around you - at a crop, in the gallery, in videos on a site like this one, or in magazines, and feel like your "style" is just somehow completely different? I'm not especially upset about it, it just strikes me. I don't get into all the vintage stuff, can't do a layout with one picture, or everything smashed together, and don't tend to use much extra "stuff".
Loc: East Coast
|Posted: 3/10/2013 2:27:13 PM|
Yes, but I love looking at anything scrapbooking related and love seeing how everyone works with papers and other products even if it isn't my style. It also helps me look at products in a different way. Each person has their uniqueness and that is so important!
Pea with a Pen
Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 3/10/2013 3:18:32 PM|
Yes! I do "old school" a lot more than most Peas, and there is another challenge website out there that I participated in most of last year but am not this year because the style of most of the design team and participants is so much more gesso, artsy, collagey, not me. The Two Peas design team is much closer to mine than that one's is, but I still do a lot more photos and a lot less product than I usually see on most people's layouts.
PEAring through my camera lens
|Posted: 3/10/2013 5:07:47 PM|
I can definitely relate. But my style suits my photos, and my family like my pages. As long as I and my family like how I scrap, it doesn't really matter if my pages are trendy. Good thing, since I am definitely "old school" according to the current trends.
I know that my layouts aren't everyone's cup of tea. So it doesn't bother me if theirs aren't suited to my style, either.
There is no right or wrong way to scrapbook, unless your goal is to get published in a magazine or get on a design team. Since neither fits my current goals, I scrap the way I want. All that matters is if I like my layout, although my family's appreciation does rank a close second.
|My Scrapn' Blog
Photographers are violent people. First they frame you, then they shoot you, then they hang you on the wall; but if you're real good, they will scrapbook you!
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 3/10/2013 5:26:34 PM|
Yes, mine is exactly the opposite of what is currently trendy.
But I started scrapping in 1998, and as the styles changed so did mine. Until as some point I learned to develop my style-the style that is "me". The one that suits me perfectly. The one I love that reflects my tastes and my goals.
The scrapbook world moved on with their new trends, old "stuff" and new trends again. And that's how it will continue to be. I'm very happy where I am.
Debbie in MD.
Loc: Elgin, SC (NE of Columbia)
|Posted: 3/10/2013 9:36:09 PM|
I am not finding much inspiration in the gallery. One photo, one page layouts with lots of embellishments are pretty to look at, but not my style at all.
I DO like going around to see other people's layouts at crops. Their pages are simpler and more what I am looking for. Two page layouts with multiple photos.
|Karen in SC
Two page, multiple 4x6 photo scrapper.
likes shiny things
Loc: Ontario, Canada
|Posted: 3/10/2013 9:44:05 PM|
Not necessarily with the styles/techniques you listed, but I do have those kinds of feelings often.
|Posted: 3/10/2013 9:45:41 PM|What a timely thread for me!
I am absolutely the same as Karen, above. (I love your description of yourself under your name: 2-page, multiple 4x6 scrapper!)
Yesterday I spent a lot of time looking in the gallery and on blogs and in magazines. I watched a couple of videos. I was looking for inspiration to get going again after having not scrapped for myself for a long while. I decided that I would try the whole one-picture-per-page trend but change it up to suit ME -- i.e. use at least THREE pics on a page! (Shocking!! LOL!)
Then I threw some scraps of this and that down and ripped a few pieces of washi and on they went ... and when it was all done I looked at it and I HATED it. It was the ugliest scrapbook page I've ever made and the only one in 15 years I've ever thrown away when I was done!! (I can reprint the pictures and none of the ephemera on the page was irreplaceable.)
Don't get me wrong -- I'm not saying the pages that others do like that are ugly. I think they're lovely. But they are not me and my albums don't want them!!
I rarely get my DH to look at my pages when I'm done but this time I did. He said, "What IS that?? Who did that? It's not a "you" page. Don't do that anymore. Go back to what you do. Be true to yourself."
I've never had such "high praise" from him!!! And I've never been so motivated to do some "old fashioned" pages before! Can't wait to get to my scrap room tomorrow!
|Posted: 3/10/2013 9:49:49 PM|
I LOVE the gallery, and I love to watch Shimelle's videos, but I don't really see much that I apply to my own layouts. It's odd how many of the layouts that, even though they have more than one photo...they treat multiple photos as one, which still doesn't really help me.
|Posted: 3/10/2013 9:52:07 PM|I love Shimelle too and I really love Mercy Tiara and Noell Hyman's stuff too. But what I need is a scrapper who does process videos in my "oldfashioned" style! Now, who amongst us in this thread will take on the challenge?? I'd subscribe!!!
|Posted: 3/10/2013 10:02:16 PM|
I think my style has changed to be more like what is in style. I like to change and try new things.
At one point I scoffed at 1 photo pages. Now I've done a few to get solo pictures scrapped. I just had some pictures that would have otherwise sat in a drawer.
Scrapping should be done your way. You should enjoy it and love it, no matter what is in the gallery.
Loc: New York City
|Posted: 3/10/2013 10:09:07 PM|
I am not sure that I would consider myself an old time scrapper. But I really do like one photo l/o. I have just realized that I like l/o that don't cover the whole 12x12 pp or cardstock. I only really use a lot of pics for vacation l/o.
It's freeing for me to finally now my style.
|Posted: 3/11/2013 12:44:38 AM|
The 1 photo lo's don't bother me, but there were a few times when I saw a lo and had to find the picture. One lo had so much on the side of a 12x12 as a border that I thought I was only looking at embellishments until I found the picture. With that being said, at least for me, I don't want the embellies over powering my photo that they become non existent so I won't do that style but I do love the layer look and adding a few embellies.
|Frozen Pea as of 11/15/2013 Goal: Complete 100 pages & 50 cards before purchasing SB items.
Projects accomplished while being frozen:
Layouts = 3
Cards = 6
Loc: Lost in thought
|Posted: 3/11/2013 4:32:52 AM|First, I think this is supposed to be fun, & comparing ourselves to others (as so much in this life already has us doing) might take some of that fun out of it, unless you're the kind of person who looks at something different & says, "Hmm, that might be fun to try."
So, if you are interested in trying something different, but you want consistency in your albums, or you're afraid DH might say "What IS that," as mentioned above, what about starting an album just for fun & experimenting? Kind of like an art journal, but without all the subtext of "I'm randomly painting & pasting & it's really cool" that sometimes seems to imply? (I think sometimes it really IS cool, sometimes it's a self-indulgent mish-mash, but either way it leads to working a cool part of the brain, so it's all good as long as one doesn't get too full of oneself about the mish-mash's being "art."
As an example, I have my "regular" albums documenting holidays, vacations, etc. I started what I call "portrait pages," that have a photo of a person I know, where I challenge myself to make the page reflect that person & his interests & personality. And I started making mini albums, which I can show to people or not, & go crazy with techniques I want to try.
Not everybody has to SEE everything you do, just as not everybody has to LIKE everything that you do. But if you automatically write something off as "not my style" without discerning what specifically about it is/isn't your style without even testing things, you may be missing out on something interesting, fun, or useful to your scrapbooking process. Just my thoughts. OMSN (Off my soapbox now)
ETA: Sorry so long, & no offense intended to anybody who is wherever he is in his process & happy there.
I've been a dilettante, but I'm thinking of dabbling in something else.
You Wanna Peas of Me?
Loc: Western NY
|Posted: 3/11/2013 4:37:50 AM|Yes, but when I go to crops, I notice a lot of people there do clean and simple which is great, but not my style and mine are always so "cluttered" compared to theirs. Everyone has their own way and style, and that's what makes it so fun.
|Chocolate......who needs a reason?!
50 page freeze challenge:
Started Jan. 3, 2014
15 12 x 12 pages completed.
I'm just a pea:)
Loc: *Sunny Southern California*
|Posted: 3/11/2013 4:10:40 PM|
Everyone has their own style. Do you really want yo be just like everyone else put there?
Look at some of your favorite peas or designers. They all have their own style.
Just love what you do. Because really, who wise matters?