Regardless of whether you're a new beginner or a seasoned pro, your pages are more than just pretty paper and photographs ... they're a reflection of you. Your personality, your favorite color and patterns, your likes and dislikes - all of these things inevitably find their way onto your projects and, over time, reveal a scrapbooking style that is uniquely "you". But what if you swapped styles with someone and had to make a layout using only their preferences? That was precisely the challenge issued to us design team members over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Last month, we were all sent a survey with questions about our scrappy style. There were 20 questions in total, including -
- Do you begin with the photo/story or the sketch/design?
- Do you prefer a girly/feminine feel to the page or a boyish/masculine feel?
- Do you like working with trendy products or classic products?
- Do you like a plethora of embellishments, or a clean and simple page?
- Do you generally use a single photo or multiple photos?
... You get the idea. Once all of our surveys had been submitted, we were paired up with a secret style swap partner and were sent her answers. Then, we had to make a page using the answers she had submitted. It was much harder than I thought it would be! It was like 20 different challenges all rolled up into one big challenge. It took me awhile to get going, but eventually I came up with this page ...
The first thing that jumped out at me in my secret style partner's answers was that she prefers a boyish/masculine feel on her layouts. She also said that she begins with the photo and prefers documenting everyday moments, so I chose a photo of my husband that was taken during a special time in our courtship.
My swap partner said she likes to work with a neutral cardstock background, so I pulled out a sheet of kraft cardstock. I decided to go with a red, yellow and blue color scheme since my partner prefers bright colors over pastels. My style partner usually works with one specific collection, making it easier and quicker to coordinate papers + embellishments. Unfortunately, I only buy bits and pieces of collections so I had to improvise with that. I was able to work with only Basic Grey papers from the Persimmon collection but my embellishments are from a variety of manufacturers.
My swap partner wrote that she prefers printed journaling, a plethora of embellishments, mixed alphabets and new, trendy products. I tried to incorporate all of that onto my layout. I'm not 100% sure which design team member I was partnered with, but I think it might be Leslie.
Your next stop on this hop is Lisa's blog, and she's going to reveal who all the swap partners were!