I have a “no rules” approach to scrapbooking. Yes, there are many techniques and various ways to scrapbook. Especially in recent years, actual brands have emerged that dictate how one can go about scrapbooking their photos and memories.
My style has evolved over the years. Sometimes it is organic, sometimes it is intended. Generally, my finished products never look like what I had imagined at the start. Most of the time I am inspired by photos or stories, sometimes both, and other times neither. Sometimes I have a new paper line or embellishment that I just want to use on a page.
I started out traditional scrapbooking then segwayed to only digital scrapping for a while. I got a little bored with the 2d layouts and went back to traditional, but with digital elements incorporated. I really love hybrid layouts when they work, but for me they tend to take a little longer, so I don’t have as many as I would like. I am getting better at it as I get more experienced with Photoshop Elements.
I combine divided-pocket page protectors with regular full page layouts. I mix 12×12 with 8.5×11, and 6×12 sized layouts. The only “rule” I really have, or habit I’ve created is to store my pages chronologically no matter what type of layout it is. Unless I make a mini album of some sort. So I guess I break that rule too!
Recently, I am trying to focus on just producing meaningful layouts that include stories I really want to tell. The thoughts that perk me up first thing in the morning or linger in my mind as I fall asleep. I use apps to keep track of stories and ideas (that’s a post for another day).
I don’t love my handwriting, but I love handwriting in general, so I try to include handwritten journaling as much as possible. I like to mix printed font with handwriting and alpha stickers.
I really just love the meshing of all techniques, which makes it feel authentic, like a scrapbook of years past.
What is your approach? Do you prefer a mix of styles or have a streamlined technique?