Now after 6 1/2 years of Scrapbooking, I think it's safe to say that I fall into the Cutesy & Whimsical style category. Does that mean I've never tried or enjoy the other styles...no, but I think I do find that when I stay within those two styles, that's when I'm usually the happiest with my layouts. I have dabbled in each one of the above over the past years, and I will give you a run down on why I have found they don't work as well for me:
Shabby Chic - These are always beautiful pages created by very talented Ladies and I usually oogle over them every time I see one. Why it's not for me...First off I am layering challenged. Try as I may, I just can't seem to visualize and execute it to make it look right. Secondly, and most importantly, I am really cheap and stingy with my supplies...so I hate using so many of them on one individual layout!! :)
Graphic - Two BIG reasons...White Space and Minimal Supplies! I think I am more afraid of white space, than the Big Bad Wolf!! HA! And even though I am cheap, I still like to use a good bit of embellishments on my page.
Clean & Simple - See above under Graphic...extreme fear of the use of white space!! :) But the funny thing is, that at Club CK last year, they did a Style Swap feature. We were challenged to take on a style that is not one that we usually work with. I decided to try Clean & Simple and much to my surprise, it was one of the ones chosen as a favorite during the Style Swap week!!
Artsy - I am a first-born child, with Type A personality, so when I do a layout, I usually actually "layout" almost everything on my page the way I want it. Then I take my adhesive and try to systematically adhere everything to the spot that it's in. Now this just doesn't leave much room for a lot of distressing, misting, painting, and other mediums like that!! :)
Eclectic - I think Eclectic Scrapbookers always find really cool ways to use every day items that aren't necessarily in the scrapbook realm, to use on their layouts and projects. They have a great creative talent that gives them a new outlook on how to use things around their house or where ever they may find them...me, not so much!! I am usually more black & white in my thinking and I don't have any trouble re-creating a cool idea or technique that someone else has thought of...but chances are, that I'm not going to come up with the idea on my own.
Now, for a little bit about why I think I work so well with the Cutesy and Whimsical style. About 95% of may layouts are about my children and I think it is fun to tell the story of the photos, with the design on my page. I like to use cute embellishments that work in with the theme of my photos and I love to create scenes that mimic my photos. For example, doing a sun and clouds on a Summer layout or grass, flowers and a tree on an outdoor layout. And to confuse you even more since we've already talked about the different Styles, I think I have a "signature" on my layouts also. By this I mean, there is usually some kind of brown on almost all of my layouts, whether it's brown paper, brown pen, or brown in my embellishments. I also like using some kind of scallop or punch and I love adding stitching to my layouts.
SO, with all of that said, I have a definite Cutesy layout to share with you that I created for Case File #13 at CSI.
For the Evidence this week, I used a pinwheel, hearts, twine, and a map print. I documented play from the Testimony choices this week.
Hopefully, I didn't bore you with the Style run down in this post, but offered a few helpful pointers. And if you are still looking for your Style, you might want to try working with a couple of different ones, to find out where you're most comfortable. If you are secure in your style and definitely know what you like, it might be fun to step out on a limb and do a Style Swap, just to see what happens with the end result. It might not change your mind about your current style, but I think it helps stretch and grow us!!
Patterned Paper, Stick, Pins, Brads, Twine: My Mind's Eye
Thickers: American Crafts
Punches: Anna Griffin & Marvy
Edgers: Provo Craft
Chipboard Circle: Martha Stewart