What kind of scrapbooker are you?

@BunGirl (2639)
United States
February 21, 2007 12:15pm CST
Last weekend I facilitated a scrapbooking crop. It was a blast to meet a bunch of new people and get some work done on my albums. The discussion came up about how different people have different ways of scrapbooking. Some people are sticker people, others work mainly with paper, and there are those who have to have and use all the latest gadgets. Some folks like to crop alone while others consider it a social activity. Some people make very simple pages, while others spend hours on elaborate designs. What about you? How do you prefer to scrapbook?
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@limosonia1 (1560)
• United States
21 Feb 07
All the scrap books I make are for my children because I want them to have things to remember their childhood. They are individualized by chid. My 6 year old has a sports on with all his pictures and awards and memories from school. I think it is important for them to see all the achievements that they made through our eyes. So that they know they are loved and we cherished their childhoods.
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I agree about the importance of scrapbooks for kids. It's a great way for them to look back and see all the positive things they've accomplished in their lives as well as a tangible evidence of how cherished they are. But what about the preferences I listed in the question? What is your take on those?
• United States
21 Feb 07
I have actually never been to class although I think that I would enjoy it. I love doing them in my bed. Strange I know but I bring everything out and sit in my pajamas I make different designs on my computer based on the picture that I am putting in and the print them out. I love reliving the moments. The designs always vary on the child. I want to make sure that they connect to it. So I try to picture on what they would do if they were making it.
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
21 Feb 07
Oh, ok -- so you mainly do digital scrapbooking. I haven't gotten into that very much, but I keep meaning to give it a try. Right now, I guess I'm so addicted to paper scrapbooking, I have no time to digi-scrap!
@chadd_atl (288)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I'm a guy, but I'm an artist, so scrapbooking is a real creative outlet for me. I do a scrapbook for our family for each year. The first page is always the year and the last page is of our daughter on Santa's lap. (A great tip for background pages is to use gift bags or wrapping paper from brithday parties or from Christmas.)
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
22 Feb 07
Wow -- I wish more guys could get into this hobby! My hubby made one album a few years back, but hasn't picked it up since. Kind of a shame if you ask me! On a related note, check out this movie: http://scrappedmovie.com/promos.html It's about a guy who takes up scrapbooking. Looks to be hilarious!
• Canada
22 Feb 07
So glad to see a man screapbooking. My husband says he doesn't have time ot the creativity, but he is always able to tell me what my page is missing or how a different arrangement of photos will make my page balanced.
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@Shelite (212)
• Canada
23 Feb 07
Oh wow what a great conversation. I bet that was really interesting. And it's so true. We're all so different! I am a paper person. I don't use a lot of embellishments. I prefer to use pp and cardstock and I even make my own lettering from my pp. I do like my layouts to look like those that are using a lot of supplies but I just compromise and make my own. I do use a few embellishments, primas, ribbon or stamping but that's about it. I want my layouts to refelect my photos and not what's around them. :)
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
23 Feb 07
"I want my layouts to refelect my photos and not what's around them." -- I couldn't have said it better myself!
@mrsturner (519)
• Canada
21 Feb 07
I love the paper and the stickers. There is something satisfying about taking the different elements and combining them into something beautiful. I also like clean lines. I'm not a big fan of the distressed look or an overly embellished page.
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I completely agree about the distressed look. I know one gal who literally rubs EVERYTHING with ink before she uses it. Looks like a big mess to me!
@Bev1986 (1428)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I'm a sticker and paper girl. First I cut all the pictures to the size I want.... spread them out on the page... add the paper where I think it looks best, then put it all down. After that is done, then I'll put on my stickers. I don't get into all the latest techniques. I occasionally like to do a fancy page, but I'm more of a "get it done" type of scrapper.
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I'm with you Bev -- I've done a page or two that were really ornate, just for the fun of it, but most of the time I like to get things done. I've been known to finish roughly twice the number of pages of the other people at a crop, and that's while facilitating and teaching!
12 Mar 07
I only started scrapbooking a few months ago and I really enjoy making my pages come alive. I always try to make sure that the photos take centre stage rather than the embellishments but it is fun trying out different textures, lettering etc. At the moment I am trying to keep up to date with my two daughters aged three and two, but my husband is a very keen nature photographer and I am going to try to do some scrapbooking for his photos. If anyone knows of any good websites that might give me some nature themed inspiration I would love to hear about them.
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@ragmama (536)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I guess I'd be best described as an erratic scrapbooker. I use tons of paper and, while I do use stickers, rub-on transfers and vellum, I really, really prefer more 3D elements. One of the most recent I've done that I was really happy with was a spread of my daughter this past Christmas, where I duplicated her Christmas list with a long sheet of white paper, curled up at the bottom and fastened to the page with a brad at the top. That sort of thing. I love die cuts, although this is a new obsession for me. I've been dropping hints for a personal die cut machine for our upcoming anniversary, although my husband seems to think this is a very strange gift. He just doesn't understand the obsession. :) Overall, I'm not a very ornate scrapper - I like the pages to look coordinated and well put together, but I don't like for them to be too busy or ornate. I'll spend quite a bit of time finding a layout that I like (or, more often, trying to squeeze in everything I want on it, without making it look cluttered) but I'm so far behind that I try to get as much done as possible when I find the time.
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• United States
24 Feb 07
I kind of do it all. I started out doing digital scrapbooking, then I was on to paper scrapbooking. I have been to crops at the local scrapbook store here, that is great because you can use some of the tools they have there. It is a great way to try out things before you actually buy them, then you get to know if you like it and if it would be a good purchace for you to make. I have also gotten together with a few freinds to scrapbook. That was fun but we ended up doing less scrapbooking than anything else... I usually scrapbook alone, but two of my daughters are into the hobbie so they work along side of me alot of the times. I am into more Simple pages as opposed to busy pages. I usually choose one or maybe two photos and try not to put so many embelishements on there to draw away from the photo. I like to exchange ideas with others, and it is nice to see all the different styles that people have..
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• United States
24 Feb 07
I love to scrapbook. I cut paper, use stickers, stamps, shaped hole punches. Yarn ribbon, buttons, anything i can find. And most recently ive gotten into digital scrapbooking. Im having a blast using my computer and digital images without having to print them, then send them to a printer and shipped to me. I have beautiful full pages created for really cheap VS traditional scraping.
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@noah2413 (405)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I like to paste in interesting articles as well as cool designs i find anywhere. I also draw in my scrapbook. mIne isn't rely for photos... =D
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@Monkeymia (206)
• Australia
22 Feb 07
Firstly, I define my style as modern shabby-chic with distressed elements. I love distressing so I ink, sand and paint heaps on my pages. I use alot of paper and chipboard, love the dimenstion that chipboard gives you when you use it. I use both alphabets and shapes on my pages. I love cropping with people but do work better by myself, I must be too chatty when im scrapping with others as I never get anything done. I occassionally take classes but would rather spend my money on supplies then do a challenge online as motivation/inspiration. I also love to cyber crop online with my buddies. I can't really explain my layouts as sometimes I will do a simple layout with lots of "white" space while other times I will do an elaborate layout with doodling, stitching or lots of journalling. I like to allow the photos to dictate what style of layout I do. I think that is the best thing about scrapbooking, you are always learning and growing.
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• Philippines
22 Feb 07
I'm the kind of scrapbooker who doesn't like empty areas in her layouts. But when i looked at LOs of other people that are quite simple i admire them and find it very beautiful too. But when it comes to my work i am not contented when i see blank spaces.
@crickethear (1420)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I am a scrapbooker hound. I love putting pictures, favorite greeting cards, post cards, trinkets from trips, and wrapping paper, anything to remember a memory.
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