On a recent episode of the Paperclipping Roundtable, I mentioned that I sometimes create a layout with little to no embellishments. Anyone who knows me was shocked at such a statement… for good reason. I would not by any stretch of the imagination call my self a minimalist scrapbooker. I actually prefer embellishment overload! But even I have my relatively minimal days…
My tips for going spare?
- Gorgeous photos need little embellishment. That is always true. (I am not a very good photographer.)
- Strong papers stand well on their own. The science fair layout was created on a single piece of patterned paper.
- Texture – The first beach page has a some homemade sand paper. (using sand from the beach the pictures were shot at) When choosing cardstock, choosing one with subtle texture makes a huge difference.
- Die-cut paper – Another fun element that serves as an embellishment on its own.
- Check out simple scrappers like Cathy Z, Stacy Julian, and Ali Edwards (sometimes minimalist) for some stunning examples and inspiration! I am the first to admit, minimalist is not exactly my specialty.
Next up… embellishment OVERLOAD!