Sunday, June 12, 2011

Refining My Style

I am an experimenter.

I see things that I like and I will try it. Sometimes I'm not completely sold so I will try it again. Other times I let it go or embrace it as something I enjoy. One thing I've learned over the course of experimenting with different media and techniques is that I am, in fact, a clean and simple scrapper and card maker. Here is what I've learned about myself in list form:

1. I'm not a mister/spritzer.
2. I'm not a super fussy cutter. I like images but I'm not into the detailed cutting.
3. I like clean lines and blocked designs.
4. I love to layer.
5. I enjoy handmade, clean, embellishments.
6. I'm not a fan of distressing.
7. I enjoy layouts that get to the point and quickly.
8. I'm not a fan of looking at or creating layouts that involve a lot of fussy design that hides the photos.
9. I need journaling on my layouts and lots of it.
10. I don't like vintage. Bleh.
11. Heat embossing is a lot of fun.
12. Faux stitching is perfectly acceptable and a great way to bring balance to a project.
13. Stamping is my best friend and my nemesis. I use to hate it but now I really like it. I just needed to find my own style and approach to it.

So there you have it. I think it's good to step back and really think about what makes you happy as you create. Sure it's great to branch out from time to time. It's good to flex your creative muscle and try new things. It keeps it fresh and, sometimes, you learn something new that you really love. But don't beat a dead horse. If you hate it every time and are never happy with the result then stop. I'm embracing that!

In the meantime, here are a couple of cards embracing my clean and simple style. As I created them I thought, "oh what else can I add to dress them up a bit?" I stopped myself and said NO. These are me. I like them and wouldn't be ashamed to give them to someone. (Minus the awful embossing powder mess on the first one. Eek!)

Supplies: Paper: Lily Bee Design, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Stamp: Hero Arts, Embossing Powder: Stampin' Up!, Stamp Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko), Punches: Martha Stewart Crafts, Fiskars, EK Success, Bling: Kaisercraft 

Supplies: Paper: Lily Bee Design, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Flowers: Prima Marketing, Ribbon: Offray, Brad: JoAnn, Sticker: SRM Press, Border punch: Fiskars  

My advice to you? Stay true to your style. Don't try to conform to something else. At the same time, experiment but only hold onto the techniques you truly enjoy and are contributing in a positive way to your art work. And have fun!



Lynette said...

I loved reading this. I also like clean and simple layouts that focus on the photos. I can't tell you how many sheets of paper I threw away after trying misting...I hated the paper buckling. So now I have bottles of mist that are just used to color chipboard.

Melissa Elsner said...

Lynette that is what I'm using my mist for from now on too!

Pam Wendt said...

And I use my mist to tint flowers! LOL!
I loved your blog post - I've been in the midst of defining my style too. And while I acknowledge that my style will always be rather dynamic based on personal growth, available products, style and product trends, etc., there are some basics that I've come to embrace. Thanks for making me think about it a bit more!
And your cards are darling - especially #2 with that adorable flower! :o)

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Love this post. We share many of the same style preferences and seeing them in list form is so helpful. Great cards!

chksngr said...

Hey! Mee too!!! lol...well..mostly...I don't emboss, but I do mist in a neat and tidy way...and I like to distress sometimes, mostly to get my aggression out! lol

QueenTracy said...

Great list! I've tried vintage and is SO not me! lol.


Pam said...

While I love the vintage look, I seem to always go back to clean and simple. I guess that I just do not have the patience for all of the altering and fussiness that goes along with that style. Wish I did though!

Your cards are awesome, btw! Thanks for sharing!