On Friday I mentioned that one of my goals is to create 80 single page layouts in 2012. To some that isn’t a lot, but I know my time is limited. It is realistic and doable, but still a stretch goal, for me.
In 2011, I did a lot of paper scrapbooking. It totally energized me and helped me reconnect with my love of creating with my hands. Scrapping until 3am even kept me from going off the deep end as I waited (sort of patiently) for my baby to arrive in August.
In December I created this new page with a favorite photo of my daughter. It was then I realized that during my year of paper-play, my scrapbooking style evolved.
My digital scrapbooking had always been simple and paper-style, but I did use a lot clusters and add dimensional elements. I was (still am, don’t get me wrong) a huge lover of Sweet Shoppe Designs.
In browsing my digital stash, I realized that I didn’t have a lot of what I wanted. I wanted small, subtle patterns – like the B sides of many traditional papers found in Studio Calico kits. I wanted tags for journaling and little banners that mean something to me – like those from Pretty Little Studio.
Somehow I become more of a clean (and simple) scrapbooker, but with a passion for dainty patterns and feminine touches that feel warm and cozy. I’m finding more and more that I love at Oscraps now, like the beautiful things from One Little Bird.
Here at Simple Scrapper I’ll be sharing more of my stories and my style as well as my best solutions for simple scrapbooking. I’m looking forward to connecting deeper with you – scrapbooker to scrapbooker.
How to Cope with an Evolving Style
It’s natural for your style to change over time, as you grow and evolve. If you’re finding yourself in the same boat as me, you don’t have to go on a huge shopping spree to cope. Here are some tips:
- Go ahead and get rid of the items that you dislike the most. There is no sense in reminding yourself of purchases that will never be used.
- Shop your stash for individual items you do still appreciate and that fit your new style. You might be surprised by what you find.
- Stock up on basics that you love, like go-to paper packs (I’m loving grids these days) and other essentials (like labels and fasteners).
- Be super picky. Wait for products you totally love and will use multiple times. If you love it, it’s worth the extra money to pay full price.
Has your style evolved over time? Share with us in the comments.
For layout credits, see my gallery.