Friday, January 31, 2014

Simpler Times


You may have heard me mention that I began scrapbooking back in 1996. At that time, there weren't many options for supplies, and any community that was around, I wasn't aware of it. The lack of outside inspiration, coupled with my neat and tidy personality meant that my pages looked very formal, with everything lined up perfectly, and very little to no embellishment.

I scrapbooked regularly for a couple of years and then it was very sporadic from 1998 through 2008. In 2008 I tried to get back into it and managed a little bit, but mostly my supplies just sat on the shelf, traveling with me through each move.

I believe I made this layout somewhere between 2006-2008 during a spurt of creativity from a trip that was taken in 2002. I used to have a lot of DCWV solid cardstock, which now I only make it a point to buy white and kraft.


In 2007 and 2008, 2 friends and I went to Guatemala to visit my sister while she served her term in the Peace Corps. In 2007 I began working on my album, but didn't finish it. After we came back from the second trip I eventually completed the first part and began the second. I finally completed it around 2010-2011. Look at me using square photos before they were hip! Both albums have primarily paper from K&Co. I had a lot of their paper as well.


I think this layout was made around 2012 as I was just beginning to really get back into creating. That is some old, old Basic Grey patterned paper and even older snowflake brads!


So there you have it, a nice stroll down my memory lane. There are definitely constants to my style, but I think I'm most thankful for learning how to use the embellishments I'd amassed over the years. How do you feel when you look back at your early pages?

12 comments:

  1. Oh this is so interesting, thanks for sharing ! I think my own style always was geometric with homemade things.

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  2. i love to see how styles have changed. your pages look great

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  3. Sometimes I laugh at some of the elaborate things I did back in the day!

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  4. When I first started we cut pictures into geometric shapes..ugh! I look back at those and get mad. Thankfully I was skeptical back them so didn't do it too much. I do enjoy the ones that seem to be less dated with techniques, just simple and clean. And believe it or not I have redone photos where I just didn't do them justice and you know what I still look at them and think..I need to redo these. Hopefully one day I won't see that anymore. TFS!

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  5. My "early pages" are from 2012, which is when I started scrapbooking. But even over the span of several months, my style has and continues to drastically change.

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  6. Man oh man, I definitely recognize that style! I was doing the same thing back then, and I STILL have those Making Memories travel overlays in my stash, lol.

    I went through a phase in the 90's/early 00's where I thought I always had to recreate the scene of whatever my pictures were about in order for my pages to be "creative." Good lordy, I'm glad to be past that!

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  7. I have been (traditional) scrapbooking for about 15 yrs, and yes there were hardly any supplies.
    I look at my 8.5x11 pages with the bright card stock and want to redo some…but am leaving them as they are, as looking at them also brings me memories or where I was and who I was with when I created those pages.
    Look how trendy you were…staples on the page way back then ;)

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  8. These are fantastic, I love looking back at my old layouts especially when I can see I have learnt new techniques that I start using a lot.

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  9. Fun!! I love seeing old layouts :)

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  10. This is wonderful and I love looking back at my oldies too! I do see things that I still enjoy doing and things that I want to revive. TFS!!!!!! :)

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  11. Same here! I had a very different style back then starting in 1998.
    And I was so bored with what was out there in 2002 I started really searching the net and found 2p's.
    That changed scrapbooking a lot for me!

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  12. Such a fun look back at your pages. I love looking back and seeing how our styles evolve and change.

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Thank you so much for taking your time to comment, I truly appreciate all your kind words!