The Abstractionist

And outside-the-box approach requires you to think less and play more. Enjoy the process of pure experimentation.
– Anna Aspnes –


Dream of Times by Abstractionist Style Ambassador Marianne van Arnhem

Dream of Times by Abstractionist Style Ambassador Marianne van Arnhem


Your Style

SS_piechart-abstractYou 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.


You take advantage of the memory-keeping aspect of scrapbooking combined with new digital technology. You rely strongly on tools such as blend modes, masks (both layer and page), and an assortment of brush tips to embellish your pages. With these tools and used in conjunction with color, you’re able to guide a viewer’s eye around the page quite specifically via flow.


You reach for artistic, two-dimensional embellishments over more realistic, three-dimensional pieces. While your photos are an important aspect of your page, yourconcentrate more on your photo-editing process to create dramatic and processed photo-based page results. Thus, your photos become your main and most valued embellishment.


How Others Describe Your Style

Thoughtful • Graphic • Whispy • Light • Experimental • Processed • Breathtaking

You by Vivre

Your Super Power: The Master of Balancing Light

Abstractionists are willing to transform their photos into dramatic presentations of what they see and experience. Photo-editing allows digital scrapbookers to bend, alter and rebalance the light present in each photo.


As such, Abstractionists often consider how their photos interact with light via color, depth, texture and balance.


Sun Over Cape Town by Chris Asbury

Chris Asbury self-blended her photo into itself using a Hard Mix Photoshop blend mode. The final result creates a bright, primary color, high-contrast photo that “burns” the memory of location into the background paper. A small silhouette of travelers is set next to the title and journaling to personalize the landscape.


Other ways to balance light:

  • Photo lights
  • Color lights
  • Contrasting lights
  • Glows as lights


Contrasting Style: The Eclectic

Us by Stacia Hall

Us by Stacia Hall



The Eclectic uses an assortment of different digital supplies including color, patterns, and embellishments galore to build their visual pages.


As an Abstractionist, you would want to rely more on products to convey the meaning and message for your layout — a hard challenge for most Abstractionists.



Want to Know More?

Go deeper into your page style! Discover:

The methods, skills and techniques other Abstractionist use to:

  • Develop amazing brushwork
  • Process photos
  • Create movement and visual flow


How to leverage your style’s Super Power by:

  • Mastering Balancing Light


And how to mix the Eclectic style with its complimentary styles for a unique, custom look:

  • Shape Shifter
  • Minimalist


Each guide includes visual examples and suggestions from Style Ambassadors who rock this style too!

Click here to get this guide.

Scrapaneers Style: Book 8: The Abstractionist

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