The Minimalist

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
– Hans Hofmann –

Scenic Route by Susanne Liedtke

Scenic Route by Minimalist Style Ambassador Susanne Liedtke

Your Style


Your scrapbook style is the epitome of less is more. You lean towards clean, relaxed, graphic and simple scrapbook layouts.


You rely strongly on the design concept of whitespace to visually draw the eye into the most important parts of your page. You arrange everything to support one visually compelling focal point.


You manage color like a tool — using it to create visual balance and flow for leading the eye around your page.


You don’t avoid adding patterned papers but you use it in small quantities either to create a pop of visual interest, develop a stronger focal point or both.


You avoid a cluttered page at all costs. Every embellishment added has purpose and you spend your time perfecting even the smallest detail.

How Others Describe Your Style

Minimal • Quiet • Subtle • Relaxed • Graphic • White • Clean


Today by Minimalist Style Ambassador Leontien van Veen

Today by Minimalist Style Ambassador Leontien van Veen


Your Super Power: The Master of Quiet Spaces

Minimalists are the masters of space of all kinds. It’s subtle, unassuming, but it’s the magic key that makes minimalist designs stand out. More than any kind of page crafter, you use space and the absence of other objects to make your pages stand out and the story loud and clear.


One kind of quiet space is Passive Whitespace. Passive whitespace are areas in the design that exist because of your design. For example, the margins around a photo are considered passive. The space between lines of text are also passive white space.


I Love You by Kat Hansen

I Love You by Kat Hansen


Passive whitespace creates breathing room, helps balance your layout and makes your design elements look less cramped and cluttered.


Pay special attention to how your spacing looks in all places passive whitespace exists to engage passive whitespace. Areas you’ll find passive whitespace are:

  • Margins
  • Lines between text
  • Space created between title words and letters
  • Space created when text is aligned near a straight edge
  • Space between geometric shapes (like photos or papers clustered together)


Contrasting Style: The Free Spirit

Broken Wing by Free Spirit Style Ambassador Li Li Wee

Broken Wing by Free Spirit Style Ambassador Li Li Wee


SS_piechart-minimalist3The Free Spirit is drawn to unconventional and unexpected; their pages are the art of playful creation. Their pages are textured, full, layered and messy — in a controlled chaos kind of way.


As a Minimalist, you would need to adopt a no rules approach to create Free Spirited layouts and cover up the whitespace. You would want to adopt a highly-intuitive creative process where little consideration is given to details and where everything is arranged — a hard challenge for most Minimalist.


Want to Know More?

Go deeper into your page style! Discover:

The methods, skills and techniques other Minimalists use to:

  • Capture Everything in One Photo
  • Layer for Maximum Impact
  • Use Type As a Tool


How to leverage your style’s Super Power by:

  • Mastering Quiet Spaces


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

  • Geometrist
  • Abstractionist


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


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Scrapaneers Style: Book 1: The Minimalist



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