Creating Keepsakes has a fun challenge in this month's issue. A bunch of the Dream Team members were asked to swap styles with another Dream Team member. My style is described as "Shabby Chic." This layout is more typical of my normal shabby chic style, with lots of layers, flowers, lace, stitching or crocheting, etc.:
Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.
I was asked to switch styles with CK Dream Team member Linda Barber, who is the queen of "Clean and Simple" pages. All of her pages are eye-catching, well-designed and include heartfelt journaling. I find "Clean and Simple" a lot more challenging than doing detailed pages, and they take me just as long. That's because to achieve a really good "minimalistic" page, all of the basic elements -- design, photos and journaling -- really need to stand out. Here was my attempt at a Clean and Simple page:
As seen in the January 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.
The journaling on this layout says: My sweet Rebecca, there’s something you should know. I will always be there for you. As you get older and experience life’s ups and downs, you can come to me for encouragement and support. I hope more than anything that your life is full of happiness, love, and success in whatever you do. But in times when you falter or you’re feeling down, I will be there to lift you up.
I had a lot of fun stepping outside of my box on this one. Can you believe, there's not a single Prima flower in sight on this page?? That was the hardest part for me about going Clean and Simple. So I challenge you to try stepping out of your box and scrapping in a style that's different for you. Give it a try!!
I'm off to the LA Convention Center to drop off my projects for CHA. I'll be there when the show opens in a couple days, so if you're going, I hope to see you!