Scrapbook Style: Do You Have One? Do You Need One?

by Lain Ehmann on August 29, 2010

I think about scrapbook style much the way I think about clothing style: You don’t have to have one to cover all the essential body parts, but it sure helps you get dressed more quickly in the morning and feel better about what you’re wearing if you think you’ve got “it” going on.

Now, don’t misunderstand me – you don’t need to dress like a Kardashian or spend hours on your scrapbook layouts to have style. You don’t need to drop thousands on Rodeo Drive, look like a fashion victim, or cover your scrapbooking pages with bling – unless you want to.

In fact, style – scrapbooking style or fashion style – comes down to just that. Doing what you want and feel good about. If you like it and it’s not hurting anyone, I say, go for it – even if it means dropping an egg on the Oscars red carpet a la Bjork circa 2007. (You may not like it, but you can’t argue – that woman has a style of her own!).

So just as your clothing style may not be as easily defined as “Steampunk” or “Preppy,” your scrapbook style may not be able to fit neatly into a box marked “Clean and Simple” or “Shabby Chic.” (Note: few things in life are easily classified. And if they are, they’re probably not worth classifying at all!)

Instead, you’ll probably have to do a little investigating, a little exploring, a little trial-and-error. But that’s where the fun part comes in! You can mix plaids and stripes – on your body or on your page – and see how you like the effect. You can try monochromatic on for size and see if it really does make your legs look longer. Or you can just go off-roading and throw everything but the kitchen sink onto your layout and see how you like the result. Hate it? Take it all off and start over again.

Defining your scrapbook style isn’t about putting yourself in a box; it’s about finding some rails, as Accidental Creative host Todd Henry would say, so you can be even more creative. Knowing certain things about yourself (green looks horrible on you, you hate working with brads, you love oversized sunglasses and oversized photos) makes life a little easier. You’re no longer facing a blank page; you have a place to start from, some givens.

So today, I encourage you to think a little bit about your scrapbook style. What do you love? What do you hate? What areas of the scrapbook store do you gravitate to first? What colors make you giddy with delight, and which make your stomach clench? Be an observer in your own life, noticing how you respond and how you choose and how you scrapbook and what makes YOU happy. Even if it’s a giant Easter egg.

P.S. Want to learn more about YOUR scrapbook style? Check out my new online class, “Define Your Style from A to Z,” Based on the popular May Layout a Day challenge and perfect for newer or veteran scrapbookers, this self-paced course will help you scrapbook faster, have more fun, and love your pages more!

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