If you do a search on Pinterest or Instagram or Google, chances are you’ll find a bunch of pages that look very similar. I don’t know when pages all started looking the same, but it makes me a little sad. It’s not that I don’t like the trends, in fact I really like them, it’s just that I don’t want to feel like my pages have to look like everyone else’s pages.
Do you ever feel that way?
My mission is to lay down stories and memories, and to get as many pictures into albums as I can. Like most people I have thousands of pictures waiting to be in albums. I don’t have time to make tons of pages with only one picture on them. Unless the photo is a super special one, I’m going to put more than that on a page. I want to tell the whole story, and sometimes it takes a lot of pictures to do that.
And I like to make each page unique, but I find myself comparing my pages to all of the other ones online and thinking that I need to get those embellishments and those papers.
I think a new scrapbooker would come on to the scene and think that to make a page requires a certain formula: First you lay down color with ink, paint, or gelatos; then you create layers of papers varying in size and pattern; next you put the picture down and surround it with clusters of embellishments; lastly, add another cluster in the corner and finish it off with a title made of thickers.
I also wonder about the photos that are ending up on pages. I think if you’re a chef or a gourmet foodie, pictures of food might be completely warranted. Likewise, if you design shoes or have a broken ankle, a photo looking down at your feet might be a story to tell. But, I sometimes wonder if people looking at albums years from now will understand it?
Will they understand why there is a deer head sticker on a page about a 2-year-old’s birthday party? I’m not sure. Does the deer head look so cute and trendy right now? Yes. But I don’t want to have to explain to someone looking at my album years down the line that deer heads were so in and it was really cool at the time.
I like to think of the story of what is going on in the pictures, and then tell that story. I love to include random embellishments here and there, but I don’t want to feel like I have to in order for my pages to get a ‘like’ online.
What do you think? I’d love to hear others’ opinions on this!