Loc: N. Georgia
|Posted: 4/2/2013 11:14:24 AM|I have always been a follower of trends and styles. Recently I went through my albums and noticed such a wide array of styles in my books and some of them were NOT me.
I have gravitated to a couple of well known scrappers and their styles but sometimes I feel like I am "stealing" their style .
|Posted: 4/2/2013 12:12:00 PM|
I wish I new! I have been scrapping for a while now and still dont know my style. I know what I like when I see others scrap but not when I scrap
likes shiny things
Loc: Ontario, Canada
|Posted: 4/2/2013 12:49:22 PM|I don't think your style has to be any one set thing. I think it is whatever you are drawn to, and whatever you feel best/most natural creating.
For me, I can do mixed media messy stuff, and sometimes I really like much simpler pages. I don't think my albums or galleries look as cohesive as some other scrapper's do, but it's all still me.
Loc: West Virginia
|Posted: 4/2/2013 1:11:41 PM|I think biochempea said it best!
I don't think your style has to be any one set thing. I think it is whatever you are drawn to, and whatever you feel best/most natural creating.
make it fun!!
if you dread it, then it's probably not your thing.
|Posted: 4/2/2013 1:34:13 PM|
If you're wanting to identify your style, you can do a little bit of easy homework. Go through your albums and pick out, say 6 or so of your favourite LOs that you created all on your own (meaning, you didn't scraplift the project, etc.).
Then sit down and study them - think about how many photos you typically use on a LO, their orientations, what colours are most prominent, level of layering (minimal/thin pages, vs. layered/thick pages), level of embellishment (simple vs. heavily embellished) and so forth.
I did this with a number of my pages last year and it was really interesting to see the results. I now know that I prefer to scrap with single photos, while I layer my pages usually aren't very thick and my embellishing tends to be on the simple to modern side, I like using journaling card, etc. I also know that most of my favourite LOs involve stripes of paper or banners haphazardly clustered/layered together so when all else fails, I can always fall back on that.
|Posted: 4/2/2013 4:01:13 PM|
Although I accepted my (simple, story-focused, extensive journaling, cardstock-intensive, actual memorabilia) style several years ago, I recommend perusing magazines, online galleries, etc. that feature various scrappers, noting layouts to which you're drawn. Determine what the various layouts you've identified have in common. Those factors likely define your style...
Loc: Quebec, Canada
|Posted: 4/2/2013 4:14:44 PM|I am with Honeybee, I am still trying to figure that out...everytime I see a layout in the gallery I like, I add it to my bookmarks, then I go back look at all of them and try to figure what I liked about each layout. I am so indecisive .
I love all the new trends with the mixed media, but I know that is not my style at all, but I love looking at those layouts, but I know I will never create anything even close...I love clean and simple, but I also love all the great embellishments too... I am so confused when it comes to my style, I think that's why it takes me so long to create a layout...I just don't know which direction I should be heading???
Don't let the dreamkillers get me
Loc: so. california
|Posted: 4/2/2013 4:20:12 PM|
i think my style is whatever lands on the paper after working a bit. i know this much---when working on an entire mini album, i'm not a big fan of "matchy-matchy" where the paper, embellishments, etc all have to come from the same line. i like a bit of the collage style. i like heritage and vintage colors too. not a big fan of pastel or primary colors at all.
Pea with a Pen
Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 4/2/2013 6:52:24 PM|
I think almost everyone's style evolves with new trends, but you do just what you did. You see certain things and know that those are not you. Or you know that certain things are very much in your niche.
For me, a clean and simple style is what I do best. That could be lots of photos or just one. However these days, I probably will have at least a little pattern paper and some embellishments, maybe clsutered. In the past I was fine with no pattern paper and flat embellishments, and I also arranged multiple photos differently than I do on most of my current layouts. I also didn't use as many smaller photos up until three or four years ago, because that's the brief amount of time I've had a digital camera. Much easier to just do 4 x 6 when you're using film!
However, even though clean and simple is my style, if I can pull off a messy or highly embellished page, I will give it a try. I usually practice new techniques on photos I've already scrapped duplicates of or otherwise don't care about, but sometimes I do it on my regular pages.
What can I post about?
|Posted: 4/2/2013 7:29:33 PM|
Shut the PEA UP! Yer gettin me all twitterpaited!
Loc: Husker by Heart in WI
|Posted: 4/2/2013 9:47:51 PM|
Funny you should ask. Personally, I can't escape my "style". I've tried for years, but I can't escape mine. And my style is "Bright and Cute". I will never get the modern, or clean lines, or trendy. I've tried.... and tried....
I've tried the gorgeous "shabby chic"/ "cottage chic" or vintage chic that so many do so well. I love love the look. But I just can't do it.
I mean, I do "cute" well? But sometimes it can suck not being able to branch out. So, I have really somewhat, given up.
The Most Honest Nut you'll find...
Loc: ARIZONA...MY NEW HOME!
|Posted: 4/2/2013 10:50:30 PM|
I guess the best thing to do would be to select the things that you like about the pages that you did that you like. And switch those things up onto several layouts.
I don't know if I even know what my style is exactly and I have been scrapbooking for a very long time. But I do know when something is too much or not something that I like at all. I am a clean lines person. I don't like piles IRL so that is usually reflected in my scrapbooking style. Although I often have diecuts and layered things I just do it in moderatin. I like paint and distressed so that is often on pages.
I think it all comes down to what you like. Try several of the things that you liked doing when you made pages that you really like and that usually is a starting point to a page that is pleasing to me. And it reflects what I like.
hot scrap-pea mama
Loc: Midwest near Chicago!!
|Posted: 4/2/2013 11:11:01 PM|
I would say it's fine to be "inspired by" popular designers work. We all love other designers work. I think it's all about creating pages YOU love in the end. Not really what you think will get noticed. It's all about preserving those memories.
My kids love looking at the albums and the looks on their faces makes whatever my page looks like just fine with me.
Loc: Just a short drive from Nashville, TN! (Yee-Haw Ya'll!)
|Posted: 4/2/2013 11:34:04 PM|
Mine was a progression of cutting out layouts from magazines and then seeing them all in one place. I also right click on layouts I love and have them saved on my computer. When I look at both groupings of what I love - it's clear I love bright colors, clean lines, linear, mixed patterns, big photos or excellent photos and a bit of white space but not too much. Probably minimal embellishing but well-designed overall. After years of looking at layouts, I know exactly who scraps like I love and I guess I just continue to be inspired by those people and replicate the overall feel of that design in my own work.
It helps to break it down like I just did and ask yourself - what is it SPECIFICALLY that I love about this person's work or this layout?
In almost all my saved layouts on my computer, there is a mix of patterned paper. So now I know - if I'm making something - I'm probably going to use several patterns together or I'm not going to love it.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 4/3/2013 12:00:45 AM|
I think the only way you can find your style is to try different things. Keep in mind that some of the more arty styles need a little practice to get the hang of it. Then go back and look at the LOs and decide what you like and what you don't. Take the things you like and leave the things you don't.