Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Scrapbooking Style Swap - Can It Be Done?!

Welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge style swap blog hop! If you're following the hop, you should have arrived here after taking a peek at Millisa's blog.

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!


  1. I love your page - that's my kind of style - could it be me?

  2. This is a gorgeous layout.It isn't my style though so you might be correct with Lesley.

  3. Lovely layout and what a challenge! You did a great job with it!

  4. I reckon THIS could be Lesley??! Fabulous LO - love the enamel dots!

  5. Love the layout and such a great memory too

  6. I'd have said Lesley rather than Leslie ... loved the story behind your wonderful interpretaion of your swap partner's style.

  7. I really like this page. You worked the different elements so well ad really pinned own her style. Thanks for doing so well with this challenge. Even though you said it was like 20 challenges in one, you make it look so natural.

  8. I love all those yummy layers. You did a great job with this challenge.


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