Hey all! Jaimee here with a new blog series called Scrap Philosophy. This year I would like to connect with you all a bit more on my thoughts, style and technique when it comes to the art of memory keeping. I hope you’ll join me and let me know your thoughts below in the comments!
This series is philosophy, so this is our chance to share our thoughts when it comes to this grand and creative hobbie we all love so much! There is NO right or wrong way and no style is bettern than the other. That is the number 1 thing I want to express. But if you are seeking inspiration as I do pretty much every day and you are interested in growing or evolving your style, then I invite you to join me through this series!
First, why do you scrap? Most of us scrap for the obvious reason which is to document and archive our photos, stories and memories. Duh. But then, some of us do this for many other reasons. Some enjoy the creative outlet and LOVE to use scrappy products to create works of art! Some of us combine both memory keeping and art, and some also enjoy documenting their every day as a sort of journal of randomness.
I fall into all these categories. I will scrap a goofy photo of my daughter with a witty title and catchy color popping elements and paints, but I will also scrap about a cup of coffee I had in the morning and journal about my thoughts. Whatever right? There are no rules which is why I love this hobbie! I love the art of creating and combining beautiful colors, patterns, textures and elements to make visually striking pages that reflect how I feel and my style.
Which brings me to the topic of this article.
My White Obsession.
I have had a few people write me and tell me they don’t like my style (compared to pre 2014) and feel I use too much white. That’s ok. To each their own right?
We all grow and learn and develop. This never stops (at least for those who want to evolve). This also happens with our hobbies. We see trends come and go all the time. We can either take inspiration and learn to grow to improve our techinque or we can just do things as we have always done. It’s a choice.
I chose to follow my need to grow and become a better designer and scrapper based on what inspired me.
As I submersed myself into the tangible scrapbooking hobby and was inspired by the community, I became obsessed…
Seriously. It’s a crazy obsession – I’m DRAWN to all the white and white space and contrast! I am hypnotized by the beauty and creativeness.. my Scrapbooking Inspiration Board on Pinterest is my happy place.
And it’s not even necessarily a minimalist thing as some would think! AND it is NOT BORING.
I have had discussions with a few about this topic and I have heard things like:
“But what about all the pretty scrap papers.. why put them to waste?”
“White is so boring, what’s the point?”
Do these pages look boring to you? If so, that’s ok! We have different scrap styles and there is nothing wrong with that! We all have our preferences in style and that is what makes this hobbie SO awesome and fun! We can share our different style views and no one is better than the other.
But this post is about MY scrap philosophy and a little insight into what goes through my head when I create my Storytellers and other products.
Back to the point though..
These pages use plenty of color! And you can use the beautifully patterned paper in other ways on your pages like cirlce pops or strips on the side or layer and layer those papers behind your photos!
I find when using a lot of contrast between your photos and elements / papers, you’ll have an easier time scrapping and matching your photos. I find that when I use too much color on a page, it becomes busy and can distract your attention away from the area you want to focus on.
The same applies to my inspired style of project life.
Plenty of contrast in combination with color pops is pure eye candy through my eyes.
Check out my Project Life Inspiration Board on Pinterest..
Do you see how beautiful these example pages are? They have such a perfect balance of white and color in order not to overwhelm. It’s scrappy bliss in my eyes!
So now, I hope you understand a little more as to why I design the way I do and why I often have a lot of white space and contrast in my papers and journaling cards 🙂 <3
Scrap happiness through my eyes! How ’bout you? What are your thoughts on style? Link me up! Let me see what inspires you!
’til next time!