There have been a few things pointing me to one question lately - what the heck is my style? A few weeks ago, I was listening to Paperclipping Roundtable's Episode 12 and Tim Holtz was talking about Ali Edwards's style. He defined it as classic - sort of like Pottery Barn. I've always admired Ali's style or maybe I've admired the fact that she can define her style. Last night - I was looking through an old special CK issue - 101 Expert Solutions - and came across a statement that got me thinking more. Jill Hornby mentioned letting the picture be the star in her layouts and not using too many embellishments. I am big into embellishments. I envy Christine Middlecamp's style but I can't afford the amount of embellishments she uses on each page. But it got me wondering - do I use too many elements on my pages? And then the more important question started to creep in my head - what is my style?
So I decided to do some investigating. I'm pretty sure of my cardmaking style - layers, stamped images, coloring, buttons and flowers. Easy peasy. Scrapbooking? Not so much. I tried to think of my favorite scrapbook pages. These are the few that I chose -
*I love patterned paper
*I'm drawn to one-photo layouts more than multi-photo layouts
*I love one-page layouts - I rarely do two page layouts. I might have five in my entire cache.
*I'm crazy about flowers.
*I'm heavy on journaling. When I start a page - I always start with story.
*I'm big on everyday stories. I don't event scrapbook.
*I love to layer.
*Clearly a big fan of embellishments.
*I like titles to stand out on the page.
*I don't use traditional pictures to tell a story if it's something I feel really needs to be told. Case in point - the wish layout is all about me but something about that picture of Tonks captured the feeling I wanted to convey.
Does any of that fit into one style? Got me! It's frustrating not having a word to define what I am. Eclectic? Trendy? Who knows? I do know one thing - man, I wish I had a style. I'm sure other crafters feel this way. I wish I was more like my three crafting buddies. They don't seem to care about defining what their style is. And because of that - I think they have a definitive style. They also play and experiment more than I'm ever comfortable doing. I know it must seem silly moaning about style when there are so many other important things to think about. I just can't shake it. Someone please help. Anyhoo - I'm going to try and stay calm. I'm going to run errands and then craft hard with Crate Paper. I hope everyone has a nice Saturday. Until then...
BTW: Even though I'm still freaking out a little - writing down elements of my style is comforting.