What are the Scrapper’s Styles?
There are 8 major styles of digital scrapbooking.
Together, the 8 styles represent a spectrum — The Spectrum of Digital Scrapbook Styles.
And each style represents an individual part of the spectrum. Having a clear understanding of the major style you gravitate towards allows you to feel comfortable with the design decisions you make. You give yourself a CLEAR path towards a specific page design process from choosing your background paper, to how you add and arrange your photos, edit your photos, add embellishments and so on.
Here’s an example: Minimalist is one major style.
And a Minimalist’s page looks like this:
Today by Minimalist Style Ambassador Leontien van Veen
But wait — there’s more!
Each style has two compliments (styles that overlap and share common techniques and products). Pairing your major style with one of your two compliments further enhances your page developing process giving you more options to design uniquely styled pages that make you happy when you sit down to scrapbook.
So, back to our example,
a Minimalist’s complimentary styles are
Abstractionist and Geometrist.
Here’s an example of a Minimalist + Geometrist page style:
Corn Maze by Scrapper’s Style Ambassador Peppermint Granberg
Is that it? Heck, no!
We’re only scratching the surface.
Each style also has a direct opposite (a style that looks completely different with dissimilar techniques, products, and page design tactics).
Your opposing style represents a challenge! Pages you create in this style may* seem overwhelming and forced.
*Unless you’re a chameleon. Chameleon’s can jump in and out of styles from page to page.
The Minimalist’s opposing style is Free Spirit.
They’re direct opposites of one another on the Spectrum.
Free Spirits value texture, fully-layered and messy
(in a controlled chaos kind of way) pages —
the direct opposite of a Minimalist style:
Does everybody have only one main style?
Some scrapbookers consistently use one major style from page to page.
Some scrapbookers sit comfortably between two major styles borrowing methods and techniques from both.
Some scrapbookers move fluidly between one entire side of the spectrum using one style as their major style and then borrowing page design tactics from up to three other complimentary styles.
While some scrapbookers bounce between styles from album to album or page to page depending on the kind of visual story they want to tell that day.
There’s NO wrong way to incorporate style onto your layouts!
But identifying your Scrapper’s Style can help you …
Pinpoint your style preferences on the spectrum.
Concentrate on the design principles and elements that strengthen your page (and ignore the rest).
Focus on the techniques you should invest time into learning (and which ones you can probably avoid).
Assist you with building pages from scratch.
Pair you with the best match in products (and product designers).
Discover your style’s SUPER POWER and leverage it to create visually stunning layouts.
And ultimately build pages in your happy place.
Now that you know what the Scrapper’s Styles are,
what do you want to do next?
Or, learn more about each individual style below:
The 8 Scrapper’s Styles
Fantasy is where imagination, dreams, inner thoughts and mythos meet. You capture the magic of a scene that did not exist before and build it around your favorite subjects — a character found in an expressive reality. You adore crafting the impossible adventure, a new kind of visual story.
You design pages using the visual language of form, color and line to communicate a message. Your message might be specific like to share a story. Or your design might try to establish a mood. Or you may try to share an emotion visually. But overall, you enjoy using your page design to visually communicate a moment in time thoughtfully.
Your Style is Your Super Power
Aquaman can breath underwater and communicate with sea life. Wonder Woman has superhuman strength, a Lasso of Truth, indestructible bracelets, a sword and shield. Batman doesn’t have superpowers but relies on his genius intellect, physical prowess, martial arts training, detective skills, wealth and will.
All have unique traits, tools and skills that help them accomplish their goals. And so do you when YOU harness your unique digital scrapbooking SUPERPOWER!
Knowing your Scrapper’s Style allows you to scrapbook stronger, faster, leaner, meaner and get more pages done in less time. Plus, when you find your niche, you unlock the power that gives you purpose to scrapbook at your best.
What Will Your Scrapbooks Look Like in the Future?
What will be in your scrapbooks 5 years from now? What stories will you have written, or perhaps not written? Will you have a few cherished albums? Or tons of albums?
What will your pages look like? Are they splattered with art and metal? Or will they look simple, relaxed and clean?
What you see in your future scrapbooks ties into the process you gravitate towards today as a visual [scrapbook] artist. And what you gravitate towards is your visual style — YOUR SCRAPPER’S STYLE!