A style all your own

One of my friends is a serious chronological scrapper. She does layouts about events and puts them in the order in which they happened — not just holidays but family trips, etc. I think she never deletes anything from her camera cards.

That’s not my style. And that’s OK. It works for her, and I admire her method. Even if I was that organized, I think I’d still do a lot of themed pages. Sometimes I think topically and not chronologically. I do make pages about events such as trips and recitals and I will get around to devoting a layout to each singular occasion. But sometimes I just have to follow my inspiration and mix it up.

Here’s the most recent themed layout I’ve created. It’s about my daughter’s blue eyes. Her dad and my mom also have blue eyes so they’re in a couple of the photos. My journaling identifies at which ages these photos were taken.


It’s not the first time I’ve mixed photos taken years apart. I made a layout called Wheels that features photos of her toddler ride-on toys. Mixing photos to tell a story is one of the things that identifies my personal scrapbooking style. I respect my customers’ style just as much because I know how it feels to have a teacher try to make my work fit the mold of her style. There is no “wrong” way to craft if you like the result. My way is not better; it just might be different. I vowed long ago to never try to influence or change someone’s scrapping style. I’m available to show you how to use our products so you can incorporate them into your style. Make a date to create with me by e-mailing me at cynthia.mccloud@gmail.com.

I show how to make the chipboard title in this recent post. If you want to try it, today is the last day you can order the Dimensional Elements Monograms from Close To My Heart. Order them plus cardstock, any of our exclusive Cricut cartridges and more at http://www.cynthiamccloud.ctmh.com.

Because I don’t expect anyone to copy this layout exactly, I used some retired products in my stash. I’m listing alternatives that are available now.

Products used in this layout include:

Cricut cartridges Artbooking (overlays on both pages, font) and Art Philosophy (rosettes, banner and journaling spot)
Journaling pen (coming Feb. 1)
Cardstock — Indian Corn Blue, Whisper, Crystal Blue, Outdoor Denim and Vanilla Cream (retired but Champagne would work)
Patterned paper — Current: Jubilee  Retired: Pemberley, Clementine, Dakota
Bitty Pearls — Bitty Sparkles would work.
Mini-Medleys buttons, brads and ribbon (blue is retired but other colors are available)
Bouquet Assortment — any resin flowers that match your colors would work
Liquid Glass Dimensional Embellishment
Reinkers in Outdoor Denim, Crystal Blue, Pacifica and Indian Corn Blue
Sponge Daubers

Today, Jan. 31, is the last day to order the Retiring Items listed on my shopping site. Go shop now by clicking the image below.



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