Scrapbooking Process | Know Thy Self

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I’ve been taking a class over at Big Picture Classes called Finding Your Way with Karen Grunburg. I love reading about all the “a-ha” moments scrapbookers are sharing on the message boards. Sue has been taking the class and has been posting her realizations along the way.

Karen encourages us to think about how we create and what feels right in our creative process. I’ve always been a process driven scrapbooker so this class is speaking to me on so many levels. Yet, I’m really struggling to find my own “a-ha” moment. It made me wonder, am I the only one?

Do you have to have your own style?

I create mostly 12×12 pages, but I also love mini albums in various sizes. Some photos work better on letter sized pages and I also love divided page protectors in various sizes. I like mixing up different sizes in the same album (thank goodness for 3-ring binders!). Scrapbook in only one size? No, that’s just not me.

I use cardstock as a base for my layout most of the time, but I do like to mix it up with pattern paper. I also like transparencies and vellum and other mediums. Today I might choose black cardstock, tomorrow I’ll use kraft cardstock. But choose the same background every time? No, that’s just not me.

I like to use different sizes of photos on my layouts. Sometimes I go with 4×6 because it’s easy. I also like to print small photos in photo strips but I also like to scrap one enlarged photo. I love cropping my photos into squares, so I do that too. But choose one size and do that most of the time? No, that’s just not me.

I use many ways to communicate my journaling, from lists to long paragraphs. I’ve typed it and hand written it. I’ve used journaling spots and stamps and no lines at all. I’ve used a black pen and pens in a rainbow of colors. Sometimes my journaling is from the heart, other times it’s to re-tell a funny story. But choose one way to journal? No, that’s just not me.

An a-ha moment in the making

Is it wrong that I like everything? Is it wrong that I can’t pin down a style that “fits” me? Honestly, I’m not even sure I want to have a defined style because I’m starting to see exactly what makes me tick. Maybe I do have my own a-ha moment after all…

I love variety! I love to create pages in different styles and sizes, with different looks. Now I understand why scraplifting is such an important part of my process, why sketches work so well for me and why I’m happy with my pages even if the initial design isn’t mine. I don’t want to do the same thing all the time, I like to change it up.

I’m still working through the idea of authenticity though. What is authentic about my scrapbooking when I’m constantly changing up what I’m doing? I hope to figure that out by the end of class!

Do you prefer to stick to one style or do you like to mix it up?

19 Comments

  1. I’m always waiting for my ah ha moment! 🙂 I sort of had one over the weekend and it really allowed me to just let everything go and get some layouts completed. Something thay hasn’t happened in well over a year!

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    • That’s great Becky! Keep the mojo flowing! 😀

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  2. I’ll just say “ditto” to your whole post! I don’t really have a defined style, it’s changing and different and I don’t stick to one specific thing everytime. I also like to use different size pictures and different size layouts. I use challenges and sketches to get the mojo moving and that’s what seems to work for me!!

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    • Love to hear it! While I love the idea of having a style that is so “me” it would never work for me. I’m so glad I’m not alone.

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  3. I don’t think I have a style and I don’t think I’ve found my groove – on layouts at least. Now, for mini-albums, I feel totally comfortable and at ease and confident when I’m creating one of those little gems. Wonder why?

    And, I scrap in all sizes in my albums, too. Saw that first in Wendy Smedley’s albums and LOVED it!

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    • Yeah for different sizes! I saw it years ago too and have never looked back. 🙂

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  4. Tammy, you put my exact thoughts into words! I’m having many of the same realizations. I like to do different things, I like to scraplift, I enjoy my layouts even if they all look different. For me it is the fun of scrapping and telling stories. I’m enjoying the FYW workshop, but I’m ok if in the end I don’t have a defined style other than I’m having fun with each layout! :>)

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    • Yes! I think that’s what I didn’t say, that I’m totally fine too that I don’t have a style. I’ve really enjoyed FYW in the sense that its about thinking about process because I can always benefit from tweaking. But now I know that I’m pretty happy that my pages all look different – they were fun to create and that’s what counts! 🙂

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    • Yeah – the club is getting bigger! 🙂

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  5. I think my style is symetrical, or that might be part of my compulsiveness 🙂
    I do like to change it up a bit.
    I haven’t done an actual scrapbook page in a while.

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    • It must be all that coloring, keeping you from creating layouts…..

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  6. I’m the same way, I always wondered if I was wrong for this. It’s nice to see that others agree!

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    • I know what you mean. I kind of felt left out of some cool “know your style” club, but I think I like this better. It means I’m flexible and versatile. 🙂

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  7. Thanks, Tammy, for the mention and links back to my blog. I’m honored! I like variety, too, and having more than one option. I’ve enjoyed the process of identifying and listing just what those options are, like you did in this post. Perhaps my Aha Moment is realizing I have the freedom to turn to my list again and again. I don’t have to come up with something new and innovative on every page, just do what I like to do.

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    • Yes – I really liked putting together the lists too. And it probably had the opposite effect on me. I came up with all kinds of things I forgot about and hadn’t done in a long time and wanted to do again! But that’s OK, I’m really enjoying it and now I know I no longer need to spend time finding a “style”. 🙂

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  8. Not sure if I have a style either, although I do tend to go for the same colours. Wish I had taken Karen’s class, oh well. I love sketches too, I doubt I could ever start at a blank page and make something! Loving using templates at the moment (since I find digi easier), also love mini albums, but the style of those will vary depending on the subject.

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  9. Hi there, passing by from BFS. I like the sound of this class, might go check it out. I dont have a style apart from maybe scrapping in limited colours. I tried to mix things up by putting together random scraps the other day like I’ve seen done by so many great scrappers but I got into a huge pickle! So I guess I have “no style”, well there’s a surprise! Happy blogging xx

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  10. Hurrah – someone else who feels the way I do about ‘my style’. I looked at Karen’s class but was pretty sure that I would not be comfortable using a basic recipe like Karen does – I thrive on variety and doing something different. For a long time I never used a sketch twice.

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