Clean and Simple

When I first started scrapbooking, all the popular magazines were full of vintage, shabby chic, and artsy-styled pages. I tried over and over to emulate these styles, but was usually not satisfied with my work. Then Simple Scrapbooks magazine came along. The layouts in this magazine were exactly my style!

I have always been a clean and simple scrapbooker. I love the perfect symmetry of the 12×12 canvas on which to work. I love to use one or two photos to perfectly capture my story then complete the page with only patterned paper and a few well-chosen embellishments.

To document my daughter’s 16th birthday, I knew I wanted to make a page with a very clean and simple style. My daughter is a very uncomplicated, straightforward young woman and my goal was to create a layout that reflected her personality. I converted the photo to black & white to minimize distractions in the background.

I chose a neutral background then added just a few more patterns in strips of paper under the photo. Finally I added just two enamel dots to add a little texture to the page.

The clean and simple style is one that I use often. I love this style in that it allows the photograph and story to shine. To see more examples of the style, go on over to the Get It Scrapped blog.

Now go create!


One thought on “Clean and Simple

  1. Kelly, I felt exactly the same when I first started scrapbooking. Although I love adding embellishment to cards and mini-albums, I found it difficult to settle when creating layouts. It’s taken an awfully long time, but I’ve finally found that smaller sizes (like 6×8, or even 8×11) suit me best.

    I love the simplicity of your layouts, which I believe let the story shine (rather than the products) so keep on scrapping your way x

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