Username Post: Scrapbook Style        (Topic#1674115)
scrapmomof4
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I feel like my pages are all looking the same, I need a jump start on changing it up a bit. I don't like super chunky pages they are too hard to store in albums.

Do your pages all look the same? How do you jump start your style?


 
mrsmiller
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In response to scrapmomof4

I love to scraplift others ideas and use sketches. Also, try watching some of the videos on this site that may show new-to-you techniques.


 
Vivian Lake
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I used sketches for years . . . really helped with coming up with "new" ideas for pages.

After that, I started making my own die cuts (mostly animals). Then later, I started making large die cut backgrounds.

And then I jumped shipped to mixed media. But it took years to be brave enough to try mixed media.

If you go thru my gallery you'll see how and when I started trying something new.


 
southgirl
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In response to Vivian Lake

You Tube and Pinterest and the gallery sketches help me mix it up and rev my pages a little;

I have gone back to some pages I made and add or change things.


Edited by southgirl on 04-19-18 06:37 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
alana610
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In response to southgirl

I go on pinterest alot and look there for some different ideas. or Instagram has some as well.


 
gluemore girl
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I am a pretty simple scrapper meaning I don't use a lot of art techniques. I'm all about the paper, so it's a challenge.
I do use things like washi tape, ephemera, and I'm into the enamel dots right now.
Sketches and Pinterest are wonderful for mixing things up like using new shapes, photo placements, clustering techniques, or just keeping it very plain. I also think varying the number of photos you use can change it up.
Hope that helps. I do have a few images in my gallery if you want to take a look.


 
scrapmomof4
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In response to gluemore girl

Thanks


 
alana610
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In response to gluemore girl

I'm the same I LOVE my paper I almost hate to use it lol. I use alot of washi, stickles and even some rhinestones. I cut alot from my cricut too.


 
susanlk
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My pages can often look very different from each other and it's just how I scrap. I get bored easily, so I often jump from one collection to another and try to pull different types of embellishments and vary the colors. I only scrap about 3 times a year when I go to weekend retreats, so it's not like I'm churning out tons of pages month after month and my "scrap mood" varies from one scrap binge to the other. I don't typically scrap in chrono order (again, I get bored), so even if I get into a groove where things are similar, the pages don't usually end up right next to each other anyway. The manufacturers that I'm drawn to also tend to do a variety of collections with enough variety in them and I find that helps, too.

I do various amounts of pictures on a page, my typical pages have 1-3 photos per page and a 1-photo page can have a very different look than a 2- or 3-photo page as placement options change. Sometimes I overlap photos, sometimes not.

I also have some subjects that get scrapped in 12x12 while others are done in 8.5x11. Again, this changes the options available for layout and placement.

You could go through the gallery and look for things that you like that differ from your style. Then look to see what it is about those pages that you're drawn to.

I focus on having fun and enjoying the process, so I don't really notice if things look too similar.





 
TanyaN77
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In response to susanlk

My pages are pretty simple. Sometimes, I get the courage to try something new. I use stickers, die cuts, ribbon, flowers, brads. Once in awhile I will throw a surprise in there


 
Lutz
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  • Lutz on 08-10-18 05:09 PM
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I'm not too worried about my style - I'm still working on making sure I get the actual story down!


 
Lauri D
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I just took a quick peek at your pages and they are super cute! I wanted to see your style and if I could make some suggestions based on your pages. I felt the same way at one point. One thing I noticed is that you like to use multiple photos on a page (I'm the same way 99% of the time) and so I can relate to the same ol' routine you are feeling.

One of the things I did to switch things up is I will take one of my favorite photos and print it in a 5x7 (or even keep it a 4x6) as the focal point, and then I would print the others into a 2x3 or 1x1.5 as accent photos.

I also started incorporating more memorabilia items onto my pages that tie in with the theme of what I'm doing. Here's a list:

Maps
Business cards
Flyers, pamphlets, brochures
Take out menus
Napkins with restaurant name on it.
coasters
Receipts
Ticket stubs – plane, train, cruise, concert, tours, etc.
Playbills
Foreign currency (paper/coins)
Crochet (i.e. - small doily G.ma knitted)
Hotel room key
Baby’s hand/foot print
Wristband – hospital, concerts, events, etc.
Invitations – wedding, baby shower, graduation, etc.
Itinerary
Badges
Patches
Letters/cards
Obituary
Newspaper clipping
Postcards
Award certificates
Award placement ribbon (i.e. – 1st place blue ribbon, etc.)
Recipe (family favorite to hand down)

Copies of records:
• Birth/death certificates
• Marriage certificates
• Military service
• Diplomas
• Report card


 
Kel3
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  • Kel3 on 08-12-18 02:42 PM
In response to Lauri D

most of mine are the same pretty simple for the most part. Once in a while I try using something new like ribbon I always think I would like to use more of but rarely ever do. I guess it's just trying lots of different things and seeing what you like.


 
GentlewoodFarms
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I think all of us tend to gravitate toward a particular style and have pages that end up looking a lot the same. We choose colors and patterns that appeal to us. We stick to techniques that we know and are comfortable with. We get into a creative routine that's familiar and makes it easy to complete our projects without a lot of complicated thinking.

What I'd suggest is to pick ONE technique or product that you haven't used or tried, and learn how to incorporate that into your current method. Once you are comfortable with that, pick another one. And so on.

Sometimes just adding one new thing will give you the inspiration to change things up a bit.

But you know, your style is kind of like your signature. When I scroll through the gallery, often I can attach artists to projects before even looking at the name. Your style is really as unique to you as a fingerprint - and even as you expand past what you're currently doing, you'll still see that fingerprint underneath all the rest of it. And that's a good thing, in my opinion.



 
kariyava
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In response to GentlewoodFarms

I definitely look at sketches and other scrappers' pages for inspiration. Another tip is that if you like to use multiple pictures on pages, you have so many more design options if you use smaller pictures. I have done that almost exclusively recently and I love it!


 
Henri Jean
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I love Lauri D's reply!

I come up with my ideas as I work on a page and mine are 99% travel layouts so I use all the things she mentioned. I do digi now and scan coasters, but before, I peeled them so they wouldn't be very thick - I don't like a lot of bulk on my pages. Mixed media is beautiful, but it is not me - I'm clean and simple. Now some pages are digi and some are paper. But when I do paper, I use original stuff almost always if I have it, but a LOT of it comes from google images.

I enjoy using any memorabilia I can get my hands on. Take out menus are often used for background! If I don't have a take out menu, I go into google images and look up the restaurant name and city and come up with menus to print and all kinds of things. There are usually many copies of the company logo so I throw those in too.

If I don't have a take-out menu, the internet will almost always supply the menu - easy to print and use. And I really love using the logo from google images.

When I did a Segway layout last year, I found Segway drawings on google images. And when I did a page on my mother's perfect Sunday School attendance record, I found adorable Sunday School illustrated images on google. Now everything I scrap - I go to Google images to see what I can find - I just put in the restaurant name city and the word logo or clipart.

All kids of ticket stubs and memorabilia makes pages look different!

I use maps - and if they are folded or too big, go to google images and type in Cancun map or whatever and then pick the one you like and pint it.

Since my albums are nearly all travel, they are also heavy on the journaling which is the way I want it, as I like to read the stories when I go back through my books. I was keeping a journal and a scrapbook and decided I wanted them combined. I also research historical things.

Lauri D nailed it - save everything and put it on your pages. It doesn't have to be bulky if you don't want it to be.

I use every brochure I get for everywhere we go and on cruise ships, I use the daily activity schedules- just letting parts of it peek out.



 
anda11
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In response to Henri Jean

lots of ideas in this thread :)my pages are always different plain for my son, fancy fore my daughter I do a lot of heritage pages too where some are full of everything from button, flowers, ribbons, lace ...I do sketchs sometimes there are a huge amount of pages here in this gallery from plain to fancy to sketchs, flowery....I have taken pages here in our gallery that I have copied so choose some pages here that catch you eye

I go to pinterest too they have pages, cards, everything



Edited by anda11 on 08-31-18 09:55 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
yellowstar
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The number and size of photos was a game changer for me. I started printing bigger photos and/or cutting the photo into circles etc.
I like the photo strip style where it’s 3 photos back to back like a roll of Film. I try to change up color pallettes too. It’s easy to get comfortable with a formula but I do enjoy trying a new technique here and there for visual contrast. I sometimes go back to plainer layouts a week or two later and add more decorative elements. The trick for me is to start new layout when I’m not sure how to proceed with current one! Just abandon and return at later time.
Also I treat my scrapbooks as personal diaries more than public manuscripts so that allows me to be more lenient with “mistakes” and be more adventurous in my craft. I noticed often my layouts become generic (two photos on pattern paper with a coordinating mat and title) when I’m on factory mode and trying to produce many layouts for the sake of producing (or trying hard to chronologically catch up)...I try to stop myself and remind myself that my scrapbook is not a photo album or historical document but a work of art ...that changes my mindset from quantity back to quality ...Hope that helps.


 
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