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?