Those of us who started scrapbooking traditionally probably remember the very first page we did. I remember I was so excited I couldn’t sleep for planning all the albums I wanted to make! I so loved that page and proudly showed it to everyone! That was many years ago, and I have long since realised that page wasn’t quite as beautiful as I thought it was! I think I cut each photo into a different shape, and I crammed onto that page as many photos & stickers as I could possibly fit!
It took me quite a while to discover my own style, and to have the confidence to resist fads and fashions and maintain my style. That’s not to say I won’t try anything new! I love being pushed out of my comfort zone, and trying techniques or layouts that I never would have come up with on my own, but I still tend to interpret those new ideas through the filter of knowing what works for me and my photos.
My natural style is pretty simple. I love textured papers, few embellishments, neutral colours. I love to put lots of photos on pages, but also to highlight favourite photos by enlarging them on the page. My pages tend to feature symmetry and straight lines – I feel very brave when I tilt a photo!
Since working with my talented partners at pixels2Pages, I’ve learned so much, and been stretched in ways I never thought possible! Surrounding yourself with creative people is the best way to develop your own creativity. I thought it might be fun for my blog this month to look at each of my pixie partners and see if I can put my finger on the distinguishing characteristics of their personal styles. You’ll see that there are as many styles as there are Pixies – and that although we all do have our own style and favourite techniques, we are all open to trying new ideas from time to time. One of the things I enjoy is browsing through the page we post on our Facebook page, where we might have used the same Blueprint or Challenge, but the pages look quite different as each person puts their own interpretation on their pages. I’ve chosen 3 recent pages from each person which are fairly typical of their usual style, and described them in alphabetical order (no favourites here!).
I hope you’ll enjoy this little gallery. I’d love to know what your personal style is, and whether you agree with my assessment of my team-mates.
Anne loves to “tweak”. A talented artist, Anne puts her own creative stamp on every page she creates. Her food themed Pixie Dust is legendary, and she loves using shapes and colours to create elements for her pages. It is rare that a Blueprint looks quite as it was designed once Anne has added her special touch!
Alison has a way of creating very simple pages that ooze elegance and style. She is an excellent writer and the journaling on her pages reflects that. She adds little touches to pages that make them stand out from the crowd.
You will rarely find lots of embellishments on Jan‘s pages, but that doesn’t mean they lack creativity. She chooses designs that perfectly complement her photos, and she is a whiz with the cutting tools in Artisan, drawing inspiration from things she has seen in her travels, and expertly translating those into page designs.
Janice creates unmistakable uncluttered pages. She has the knack of placing just a few elements on a page and creating a cohesive design. Janice’s Day2Day pages are legendary, as she faithfull chronicles her daily life. Nothing ever seems out of place on Janice’s pages.
Justine‘s pages often feature “white space” which results in simple pages which feature her stunning photography with no distractions. Her pages have a casual elegance created by the balance between the photos, journaling and restful space.
Kerrianne has a knack of finding the perfect embellishments and placing them perfectly on her pages. She loves to feature a single photo on a page, and highlight it with papers, embellishments and word art. Kerrianne is a natural artist, and it shows on her pages.
Kim tends to cluster and layer lots of elements on her pages. She loves to add creative treatments of her photos, and makes full use of digital art kits in a fun and creative way.
Mary loves to layer. She uses papers, overlays and embellishments to create depth and detail on her pages. Unless you watch her work, you wouldn’t realise how many different elements are on her pages because of the way she pulls them together on the page in a cohesive design. Mary finds new ways to use the content in her stash so she has unlimited supplies.
Penny is a great writer, and her pages reflect that, with plenty of journaling, and photos which reflect a writer’s keen observation of the world around her. Penny’s pages are all about the story, and she uses embellishments and papers judiciously to enhance the impact of the photos and journaling.
Tameka has a knack for finding ways to do things with Artisan to create clever effects that look fabulous on pages. Every page she makes is a work of art, relying more on technique and creativity than lots of digital content.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little look at our personal scrapping styles. Life would be pretty dull if we were all the same, right? As a team we all have different strengths and I know my pages are 1000% better for working with and learning from this amazing bunch!!
P.S. Please don’t ask which kits are used on these pages! There are too many to list them all, and all these pages can be found on our Facebook page. You don’t need to join Facebook to scroll through our albums there.