Many pose questions on their blogs or have profound thoughts … I rarely ask questions and I cannot remember having a profound thought … well not committed to a post! My mood is one of contemplation but on a topic that has probably come up many times before but here goes ……
As I look through galleries, forums and challenge blogs, I have been musing on why people scrap. Is it done for the sake of posterity or is it an expression of the art within us? Is the photo the most important element of the LO or does the photo just enhance the overall effect? As styles change and grow and techniques evolve and become more complex, I feel art is playing a larger part in our LO’s. Should we strive to follow trends and increase the complexity of our work or should we be true to our own style … no matter what that is or how simple it is?
When I come across an amazing LO, that blows my mind, it makes me dissatisfied with my own work, I want to scrap their way but it doesn’t work for me and my mojo totally disappears until I come to terms with my own style and realize that this is me. Am I the only pathetic person out there that thinks like that? … yes … I hear you shout lol
For me the photographs are of prime importance and I hope they are seen at the same time as the page, or maybe even just before but when I look at some of the amazing LO’s that are out there … that blow my mind with their complexity and their creators expertise … I have to remind myself that there is a photo there on the page.
Scrapping should also be fun and that is an emotion, personal and different for everyone. The fun for me is buying stash and then again when the page is completed … the part in-between can drive me mad and cause me to be stressed but I am addicted to doing it. I could never scrap to a dead line, so I have the greatest respect for those who do. Neither do I enjoy challenges, as I tend to dislike the finished article but have fun on the journey!!!! … I really do not know why challenges reverse my emotions.
Lastly... Do you keep all your LO’s because…
1) You like the work of art and it is a demonstration of your ability…. Or ….
2) The memory it captures, has to be saved for you and others to look back on… OR
3) It is a beautiful way to preserve and document the photo for posterity, and future generations will never have to ask, … “Who is that?”
Or…. You don’t keep your LO’s because it was the fun of creating and displaying … and maybe winning something or being published … that excited you.
I keep mine for reason 3 with a large helping of 2 and a touch of 1. I scrap for fun even though the journey of creating is not always smooth. It also satisfies any artistic urges I may have …. HOW ABOUT YOU?
Excuse all the ramblings but I really would love to hear your thoughts on why you scrap and why you keep all your LO’s.
On Wednesday I was sure I had the papers I wanted to use for my next two LO’s … well after a lot more shuffling of papers, I changed my mind and decided to create 2 SLO’s that would sit together, linked by a paper and the theme… the marriage of my grand parents in1913.
Again I have created simple LO’s but have used one main embellishment that I have created.
The ‘Wedding Party’ has a banner that was a stamped, white die cut from My Minds Eye. I chalked it and inserted grey silk roses where the stamped flowers lay and then rubbed on the title.
TIP … set your chalks with hairspray before trying to use a rub-on, as the rub-on will not adhere and also removes the chalk leaving a white letter …as I found out!!!. Could be used as an interesting effect though sometime.
The ‘Honeymoon’ uses a chalked journaling sheet under the photo but my embellishment is the tag that’s lying on it. I used old stamps from the USA and the Victorian flat decoupage technique of ‘randomly placing and sticking’, for applying the stamps to a die cut tag, and then trimmed it when dry.
As this is such a long post I put the story of their meeting and the finished LO’s on my FH blog …just click the icon,( top right of page) to see them.
I look forward to reading any comments, about anything, you have time to leave as its a bit like having a chat with a friend.
Take Care xx