Vuoroin Vieraissa

This post was previously published on Emmo’s blog as part of her Vuoroin Vieraissa (Blog Takeover) series. There is a challenge connected to my guest post and there is still time to participate if you’d like!

When Emmo asked me to contribute to Vuoroin Vieraissa, my first thought was ‘Do I even have a scrapbooking style?’. Well, of course I do: all scrapbookers add a certain personal touch to their pages. And I know when a page ‘feels’ like ‘me’, but I had to think long and hard about what it is exactly that ‘makes’ my pages ‘me’…

I went to my albums to look for clues and as stated in the video: some of my go-to-elements were there from the very beginning. Scrapbooking is like fashion in a way: trends come and go, but the basic elements that define your style are likely to stay the same.

Here’s what I came to conclude about my personal style:

Basics: Photos (a lot of collages) and journaling (handwritten or typed), patterned paper, white or crème cardstock (sometimes kraft), machine stitching, (dimensional) letter stickers, (date) stamps, (spray) inks.

Design: My favourite lay-outs are leaning towards clean & simple scrapping. I’m what I would call a graphic scrapper at heart: clear lines and balance please my eyes and even if I don’t consciously think about design principles when I create, I’m aware that quite a few of them are always present.

Colours: I have a huge preference for bright colours and colour combinations. You will definitely not find a lot of pastel combo’s or murky, dark colours on my pages.

Patterns: I love patterns! I prefer patterns with a retro feel and I’m especially drawn to polka dots, stripes, chevrons and flowers. I’m not a fan of themed papers.

Embellishments: Ah, the accessories of the scrapbooking world! If you would have told me years ago that I would grow to love pearls and bling… I would have laughed! I guess the embellishment is one of those trend-based elements of scrapbooking. Buttons are an all-time favourite and I’ve been using quite a lot of washi tape and stickers recently. In general: I don’t use a lot of (store bought) embellishments and if I do, they are often of the generic kind.

Combo’s: I hugely prefer combining papers and embellishments from various product lines over scrapping with just one complete scrapbooking line.

Brands: I took inventory of the paper brands I used most in the last two months. Recent favourites: Basic Grey, Crate Paper, Echo Park and My Mind’s Eye.

And now over to my VV-experiment: am I still capable of scrapping in my good old travel album/A4-spreads-style? I don’t know… Let me know what you think!

I’m definitely not used to these proportions any more. Between the amount of photos I need to fit on one page and the journaling, there’s just not a lot of room left to play. I’m determined to keep this experiment going for a little while longer though: my goal is to release this project from it’s UFO-status (UnFinished Object) before the end of the year!

Kiitos Emmo for hosting Vuoroin Vieraissa and for inviting me to join in! It’s been interesting and fun!!!

Coming up

October is promising to be a very busy month and it has the potential for lots of fun! First thing on the agenda is:

I’m looking forward to the workshops, to spending time with Birgit and to see some of the Belgian and Finnish girls again!

My Finnish friend Emmo is hosting a blog series about scrapbooking styles. Every weekend she introduces a different scrapbooker and their specific style and preferences. It’s an interesting read and it’s also a wonderful chance to get to know some of the most talented Finnish scrappers!

It was Riikka’s turn last week and if you are quick, you can still participate in the weekly challenge that is also part of the series!

Talking about Riikka… She has something extraordinary up her sleeve for December! Now I really do know that’s not part of October… But I can’t wait for the Creative Christmas Calendar to start and I’m so honoured that she asked me to be a part of it!

Nathalie Kalbach announced that she is also going to make an appearance in the Creative Christmas Calendar… and I’ve just signed up for the latest instalment in her ÜberMedia series. It’s all about acrylic ink, a medium that I own, but that would love to use more often! Definitely looking forward to that!