No. But it's taken me a couple of years to find my own style and be happy with it. Once in a blue moon, I see a particular style of layout and want to try it just once, just to see if I can, and if I enjoy it, I'll incorporate it into my techniques. But for the most part, plain and simple is me.
I certainly don't struggle with it. I don't have desire to be published and keep track of every little thing I used (althouh I was published once in CKC). I do my own thing and the focus is ALWAYS on the PHOTO(S) first, then journaling if it needs it, then design.
I'm a plain and simple girl myself...I am impressed with the layouts here in the gallery, but that's not me.... I do 2 page layouts and try to make the photos pop. I have tried an idea or two..but always put my own spin on it. Like Ive seen written before..there is no wrong way to scrapbook, and your personal taste and design should go into every page. These are your memories!
You don't know the circumstances of the ladies submitting their work. They may be on a design team or be having their products supplied to them so that they can demonstrate the versatility of a particular collection.
Scrap for YOU - use products that you enjoy using, experiment with techniques, and create something that you enjoy. Everyone's "style" will evolve over time - it's all part of the creative journey.
When I first started scrap booking I too thought my lo's were to plain for my liking.So I took an advanced Christmas card class at Archiver's(I'm from Ohio too,so you probably have one near you)and learned how to heat emboss,dry emboss,distress,blend ink and more.Well I use all that stuff when I scrapbook now and I absolutely love my pages and I have fun making them.Hope that helps:)
It's all about your own personal style. I like trying different ideas that I see in magazines or in the Gallery but that doesn't mean your own layouts have to be artsy. You just have to enjoy creating them!
Hi Elizabeth! I have totally struggled with this - especially when I first started out. The worst was when I would create a page that I felt really great about, and then I would see someone else's creation and think "oh." It still happens (depending on the day! ;)). One of the things I have noticed though is I often look at pieces of the layouts I am looking at instead of just the whole thing - a specific technique they used, or something I recognize for a page I have done. It pushes me to try new things.
Take a little time and look through our gallery. You'll see all types of scrapbooking styles here. Some are so artistic that they take your breath away. And some are clean and simple and look absolutely amazing. I especially am drawn to the ones that make use of a lot of "white space" on their layouts. While I admire them all, I've decided I will never be as artistic as some - that's just not in my genes! As long as you create to the best of your ability and preserve memories for your family, you are a success! Always remember, someone in your family (or even here on this board) is going to look at your work and say, "Gee! I wish I could do that!"
I think christine said it best, some things are handed out, if i was on a design team I'm sure I could do alot better lo's although I hear ya some of the posts are amazing, I love my pages because i did them. I've never taken a scrap class everything i've done i've taught myself by exparamenting. be proud of what you do,and don't be affraid of trying something diffrent. this sight is amazing because there are so many levels of talent. It surprises me sometimes when i post something Im really impressed with and i get 2 comments. but i'll post something i think is ok and it will get 20 comments everybody's talent,style,and views are diffrent and thats ok. took me a long time to feel that way.
Arrrrgh! I think I've gone blind. The message on that video is great, but I finally had to look away. Guess I must be sensitive to things that move too quickly or in random patterns like that. Certainly has a good point though. I never thought of the creative process quite like that.
Don't worry about other people's creations. If you like what you created...then, it is art too.
Have fun and don't sweat it. I'm not artsy either but sometimes I look at some of the LOs in the gallery and get ideas to enhance my simple LO.
I agree go with what u feel is right. And I heard that sayin also " there's no right or wrong to scrap". I luv lookin at all the beautiful los and i do learn from them, but im still just clean classic girl myself. The important thing is have fun.
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Ditto to AK Teddy Bear and tluvsscrappin - if I teach a new scrapper only one thing is that the ONLY "right" way is YOUR way! Let me introduce you to Cathy Zielske - she's a scrapping "celebrity" and has published two books about her simple style, and she's famous for it. Check them out - Clean and Simple Scrapbooking and Clean and Simple Scrapbooking 2 - they are both currently on my Amazon wishlist! Even some layouts on this site that are in the category "clean and simple" are more artsy fartsy than they need to be. But that's the beauty of art and this hobby - there is NO wrong way to scrapbook, and don't ever let anyone make you think you should be scrapping in a way that doesn't make you happy!