Different But Same

I remember when I first started digital scrapbooking and lots of people were talking about “style.” I didn’t know what style was. There was clean, there was shabby chic, there was…who knows what else?! I remember looking at my pages and thinking, “Um, they’re just me!”

Over the years, without any trying on my part, I fell into my style. For a long time I simply called it “perfectly imperfect.” I like clean lines and simple design, with a few not-so-perfect subtitles thrown in.

The only thing is, I have gotten too comfortable in my style. It’s almost to the point where all my pages look the same. I gravitate towards the same colors, the same kits, the same few elements, the same fonts, and more. I like the cohesiveness of my albums, but it is getting a little out of control.

So I decided to break out of my scrapping style while trying to stay “me.” Reluctant at first, I was pleased with the result. I tried some new things while staying safe with some things that I am used to.

I’ll break it down for you:

Things that are different (in the blue font):

1. I used a dark grey background. I think I have only worked with grey on maybe one other layout, and it definitely wasn’t for the background. I usually gravitate towards bright and happy colors — and solids at that!

2. I used a lot of different patterned paper. I almost never use patterned paper for my background (as in perhaps .05% of the time!) and I don’t tend to use more than one or two patterns anywhere on the page. I was really proud of myself for using four different patterned papers on one page.

3. I pulled elements from a different kit (the paint). I used to do this all of the time, back when all the “cool kids” in scrapping used to use lots of different items from many different kits. I did it for a while, but then I got tired of keeping track of credits so I just started using one kit. It’s faster. Yes, I’m a die hard kit scrapper. I know it isn’t much, but it felt good to think about something I wanted for my page, not see it in the kit I was using (Amused by Erica Zane [retired]), and then go grab it from somewhere else. I need to do more of that.

4. No big title. I almost always have a big bold title under my photo. I just like the way it looks. But for this layout, I chose instead to use a light and airy font (CK cursive) on top of my photo. It works here.

Things that are the same (in the coral font):

1. I used simple elements. I know you should never say never, but I really can’t imagine being a cluster scrapper. I’m not good at it and it doesn’t fit any part of my personality. So even if I try to branch out, I image I will stick to my simple element choices.

2. Emotional journaling. We all know that I love journaling. I think it makes the page. I don’t usually leave a page with just a title and date. Instead, I want tell a story, even if it is a short one. I wanted to share my thoughts about my daughter in all their raw beauty!

3. Focus on photography. I love photos. For me, the scrapbook page is there to help the photo,not overpower it. I always want my design to shine a bring light on the pictures.

How could you branch out and be “different but same?”