The last two months, Masterful Scrapbook Design was focused on the scrapbook process. Several guest teachers, including me, approached pages from several different angels: Product or Technique, Story or Photo, Composition and Inspiration.
I really enjoyed the assignments because it gave me great insight in how I scrapbook. Why do I make the choices I do? How do I make those choices? I learned two surprising lessons from the class. The first is that despite all of those great process drivers, I tend to approach scrapbooking by product palette. The second insight I gained was that I don’t actually have a story when I start scrapping. Those two things may seem at odds in terms of a process, but for me those opposites combine to develop a page with mood.
This page started with product: Seize by Allison Pennington. There was a great, chunky frame that I wanted to use (and had to have) for this photo of me as a kid. I couldn’t get it to work on my page and really, that’s okay.
Color Story: Vintage feeling hues, mostly pastels that feel light and airy.
Visual Result: Nostalgic reflection
Allison Pennington: Seize; Fonts: Cicle Shadow. Pippy by Darcy Baldwin
This page is story driven. I knew I wanted to make a page that talked about how I really do see who my son is, what his challenges are and how awesome I think he is… things that he doesn’t understand now, but maybe will in the future. What he sees now is my mom-ness constantly pushing him, punishing him, nagging him. It’s not mom-ness that has any pay off now, but will in the future. The story isn’t just told with words, it’s told visually as well. Every part of this page is part of the story.
Color Story: A mix of modern, contrasting colors. Bold and eye catching, with a subtle underlying softness.
Visual Result: Dramatic depth that pulls you into the story
Just Jaimee: Storyteller Collection- March 2014; Just Jaimee & Mommyish: Real Life in Pockets-.Domesticated; Fonts: Albertsthal Typewriter, Grace
This page is composition driven… sorta. It was supposed be circular, but didn’t work out that way. The circular composition was supposed to represent the cycle of illness and recovery. It’s okay, because the page is still cicular-ish. Nothing about our marriage is conventional anymore, so the “ish” part really does fit.
Color Story: Creams, low energy green mixed with cream and varying shades of red.
Visual Result: Immediate recognition that the story is serious, but has a happy ending
Just Jaimee & Stuido Basic Designs: All About Him Collaboration; Allison Pennington: Sieze the Day Alpha;. Just Jaimee: Storyteller- April 2014 Elements, Fonts: Cassidy by Audacious Designs, Albertsthal Typewriter
This is a piece created from inspiration- a handbill from a Japanese play. The photo is old and really poor quality, so it’s small and treated so it’s not super pixelated. I really liked that I could use the inspo piece’s contrast of scale emphasize how little my kid was in my bed and still get a snuggled, soft feeling.
Color Story: Organic browns mixed with pastels, mid tones blues and black accents
Visual Result: A little, lovely moment in bigger, complex story
Just Jaimee: Storyteller Collection- April 2014, Storyteller Collection- February 2014 Layer Styles, Imprint On Me; Jenni Bowlin Studio: Spring Skies Paper Pack; Speech Bubbles 1; Amanda Yi Designs: This Just In; Amy Martin: Blanc Stitches v. 2; Fonts: Out of Tune, Pea Miley Mix, Albertsthal Typewriter, Olgassys
As much as I focused on the assignments, my true starting point was palette. The palette was dictated by how I felt about the photo or story idea I had and driven purely by emotion. Granted, a lot of my process with CT work is product driven, but I work with designers that have very definite color stories that happen to suit me. Part of scrapping well is getting to know what drives your specific process. I definitely recommend jotting down the things you do while you are creating your next page- from start to finish. You might be surprised!
Debbie did a great job of breaking down the main parts of process in the Process Play class. I’m incredibly humbled by how much I learned even as a teacher. I feel more confident and comfortable in my page design skills… I’ve really embraced my own style and my own approach. If you want to know more, you ought to grab a membership to get access to the Process Play class, Office Hours, interviews and content rich e-book, plus the archive of all the other classes (like Color Play, one of my favorites). Product Play is out now, so you’d get that, too. It’s seriously budget friendly… but if you can’t sign up now, there’s plenty of free content at Get It Scrapped and ways to earn bonus classes.