Sunday, 4 November 2012

Breaking the rules

Since I first started scrapbooking I have heard lots of talk about the 'rules' of creating a layout. Like most people I think rules are a good thing, but occasionally they are meant to be broken!

The comment I hear time and time again from my non-scrapbooking friends is 'I couldn't do that' - I always tell them the same thing 'There is no right or wrong way to scrapbook, if you're preserving your memories and enjoying doing it, then you're doing it right!' I actually think I can hear some of you recoiling in the background now!!

I realise it's not a popular train of thought - but it's easy to get bogged down by the rights and wrongs and lose sight of the importance of recording something of note for future generations.

So I'm throwing out a challenge to everyone, tear up the rule book for a while and see what happens.

For my first layout I committed the ultimate sin of not using a title. I always struggle with titles at the best of times but I included all the relevent information and the fantastic Authentique curiosity range provided lots of key phrases to make an actual title redundant

For my second layout I mixed three different manufacturers, although it's great to have a lot of the work taken out of a project by having matching ranges it's sometimes fun to mix things up a little, I know a lot of you do this already but I thought it would be interesting to see how many different ranges I could fit onto a page. Also I wanted to create a vintage page without going down the usual lace and ephemera route, just because your photo is vintage doesn't mean you can't take a modern approach with your layout.

And lastly, I know that photos are better grouped in odd numbers, but what if I have four photos I want to use? Ok the obvious answer would be to do two layouts and split the photos into a one and a three, but I wanted to prove that you can use an even number and still make it work

I'm in no way saying that we shouldn't follow certain rules in scrapbooking, they are there to help us create something asthetically pleasing, but, especially for those who are new to this wonderful hobby, I want to say don't get bogged down by guidelines, just enjoy what you're doing!
 I actually have two rules that I live by that I won't compromise 'Buy copious amounts of stash and USE it!!'

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Diane said...

It would be a crime not to use all those photos together - so cute! Guidelines are great but rules restrict creativity. Thanks for this post :-)

Lesley G said...

Didn't know there were any!!
Great LOs Tracie as always

JulieJ said...

Looks like I break the rules all the time then!

Tracy said...

Fabulous layouts as always Tracie.xx

Kerry said...

Beautiful pages as always Tracie.
I don't see them as rules so much as useful guidelines and if you don't want or need to use them why should you?
Like you say and have demonstrated, it's what makes you happy with your finished page, it's yours isn't it?

Nat said...

Love your modern twist on a vintage layout, and the last page is gorgeous! My favourite "rule" to break is the "you must have a title" one too! xx