Saturday, March 3, 2018

So Me

Defining one's style can be tricky. When I first started scrapbooking, I had no idea what my "style" was, much less anyone else's. Some identified their style through labels such as "simple" or "shabby chic" or "freestyle," but over time, I started to understand that the term has less to do with labels and what is trending in the industry, and more to do with what characterizes one's approach to creating. It's similar to literature, in which "style" refers to how one writes. For instance, a poet, like e.e. cummings, might flout the rules of punctuation and capitalization; this is part of his style.

When you think about how you create, do you notice any particular elements that seem to emerge often enough to indicate that they are a part of your style?

My most recent layout using the Hip Kit Club February 2018 kits features at least five elements that make this a trademark "Jill" page.
(1) Journaling in sections -- most often strips or labels -- and usually in a typewritten font. While the structure may vary, I do notice that I often build toward the main idea instead of expressing it outright from the start, often using figurative language. I tend to use a listing approach pretty frequently, and I do so love parallelism. 

(2) Layering. I don't think it is possible for me to make a layout without doing this. Even this simple grid layout, based on a sketch, called for a single square per section, but I couldn't resist adding another layer or two to each of the squares. There are even more page layers here under the white layer. 

(3) Multiple photos, overlapping or tucked into parts of the page, with detail pics included. Although I do make single-photo layouts, they are actually more of a challenge to me than a multi-photo page. I often end up building up the layout with "faux" photos, adding frames and boxes to contain accents and journaling with a similar weight to the main photo. When I include multiple photos, I feel as if more of the story is being told somehow, and detail photos are a part of that. I love "zooming in" -- and not just in the photos, but in the stories that they spark. 

(4) Symbolism. Very little of what I add to a page can be considered arbitrary. I choose elements because they have something to do with the theme or the feeling I am trying to express. For instance, on this page, there is the overt Valentine's Day theme, which explains the abundance of hearts and pink and red, but there is also the Lenten theme of transformation and growth, which is why I chose the flower and butterfly accents. 

(5) Orderly Chaos.  It is difficult for me to create minimalistic, subdued pages with everything in perfect horizontal or vertical alignment.  I am drawn to vibrant colors, telling bits and pieces, texture and dimension, items placed at angles, messy stitching, a little chaos within the order of things. 

How about you? What defines your style? 


  1. I would recognize your pages/style anywhere and I love it!! Also love the colors in this one!!

  2. Layering, multiple photos and bright colours - definitely you. LO with a purpose - also you. I recognize your pages even without you or your family on photos. Beautiful page btw:)