i want to be a minimalist but I'm a scattered mess...

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  1. Beckie

    Beckie Active Member

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    lol. Seriously. My wishlist is filled with beautiful minimalist kits and I love and appreciate the value of "white space" in photos and design. But every time I'm scrapping I just compulsively "see space, fill space"!

    I think it stems from printing my pages. In the past when I have designed and printed a "minimalist" page, seeing a giant 8x8 inch square printed that's empty and it looks so huge, vs. how gorgeous minimalist pages look online and in thumbnail size.

    if you're a minimalist scrapper do you print your pages? Also, how do you narrow it down to just one or two photos? I can't keep the photo count below 3! Any advice for embracing minimalism?

    thanks!
     
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  2. jk703

    jk703 Polly Pollyana

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    I'm an in-between, whatever floats my boat kinda girl. I used to try to shove it all on the page... add, add, add, add, and I grew as a cluster-er, but felt that my pages were sometimes too busy. Even lots of patterned paper makes me feel all kinds of busy. Then, I tried adding only a handful of elements, and my pages felt empty. I tried blending patterns, adding more flowers, and layers, and then it was a jumbled mess!

    As I scrapped, and with time, I had to come to terms with my own style, and not force a style on myself. So, I'm a middle of the road with a leaning toward an occasional mess. For me, too minimalist doesn't show off pictures or the story. I need a little more. I love an occasional minimalist page, and think those are way better than my dump all the things on my layout pages.

    For you... what do you love about your pages? List the items, and then make sure you have those minimum... then see if you want to add or not at that point. That would be "your" minimalist layout. If you do want more, add, and if you don't, leave it be. You have to like your pages and will be stuck with them when printed, lol!
     
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  3. KarenB

    KarenB I give good advice for a monkey ...

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    Embrace your 'scattered messiness' :giggle Seriously, I am a certified minimalist scrapper...but I love seeing pages stuffed with papers and elements. I just can't do that myself. My advice would be to go with your instinct. If you are scrapping happily, your style will shine through. Scrap for 'you' and your pages will be beautiful :beat Sorry, is that at all helpful? :blush
     
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  4. Angela Toucan

    Angela Toucan Well-Known Member

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    I'm a story teller, so if I need 5 photos to tell my story, I'll use 5 photos. Actually though, find that multi photo layouts can work very well with minimalist kits. You don't need very many embellishments to finish off the page, and they tend to suit simple patterns or plain backgrounds. So go for those minimalist kits on your wishlist, and try scrapping multiphoto, or journaling heavy layouts with them. I'm sure you'll love the results.
     
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  5. djp332

    djp332 Tomorrow is another day!

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    Why can't you be a minimalist and still use more than one picture? I think of being minimalist as not using tons of embellishments. I scrap lots of pictures, usually as double-page spreads. I'm finding that I like my layouts much better without all that fluff! Plus, I can scrap faster without it!
     
  6. southernmother

    southernmother Headed to SB for some cold brew & coconut milk

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    I'm a "if its in the kit it's going on my page" kinda scrapper, LOL! I wish I could be a minimalist too.
     
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  7. gonewiththewind

    gonewiththewind I choose joy.

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    Not an innate minimalist scrapper over here. My go-to style is filled pages and lots of clusters. However, I do make minimalist pages from time to time. It depends on the overall feel of the page that I'm trying to achieve.

    I've printed both kinds, and didn't feel one bit bad about only having one photo on a page - whether it's minimal or filled - if it told the story I wanted to tell.

    This is one of my favorite minimal layouts (it's older, but I always think of it when I hear "minimalism"). I mean, here I've used just one photo and one element with a shadow and some text, but the minimalism of the page reinforced my theme.

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    I made this clean and simple layout for a MOC Challenge this year and I love it. It will go in my December album with a bunch of other pages that have a LOT of stuff on them.

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    I guess I'm saying, make what you want and print what you want! While I think I have a style that I lean towards, I love trying different things and exploring. Creativity is always in flux, so it's good to be open!
     
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  8. KatrinaHunt13

    KatrinaHunt13 And *POOF* it appeared!

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    I am with you!!!!
     
  9. LeeAndra

    LeeAndra Looking for a little extra extra

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    Birthday, Christmas, and other 'full'/event pages need a lot of stuff because they are telling a lot: who, what, when, where, why.

    Minimalist pages (for me) only need a little bit because they're only telling a little bit of a story: one moment or story in a whole 24 hours full of 'full.'

    I'm biased, though, because I generally don't use more than one or two photos on a page regardless of style. My photos are just okay most of the time (which is fine with me) so I don't 'waste space' on them when I could use that page for journaling (which I'm much better at it) or elements. For me, I don't need 3 photos of my kid at the playground or 5 of him in the sprinklers when one + some journaling will accomplish the same thing.
     
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  10. Cherylndesigns

    Cherylndesigns It's a great day to have a great day!

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    The only time I do a minimalist page is for a challenge. They're extremely difficult for me and I never feel like it's finished. I do admire the minimalist pages I see in the gallery, but that's just not my style. If there's a little extra space, I want to put something in it.
     
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  11. AnneofAlamo

    AnneofAlamo Clowning around

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    Two pager girl!
    One side fill that page with every part of your memory, journaling, photos and every element inbetween...then on opposite page, a minimalist one part of the memory...breathing space and happiness
    two, two pages!
     
  12. rach3975

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    I'm with everyone else who's saying give yourself time to find your style again. I consider myself a simple scrapper but not a minimalist. When I try to make minimalist pages they feel empty to me--I love the look on other scrappers' pages, but scrapping like that doesn't come naturally to me. (And I'm with you that too much white space feels like a waste when I print.) I also don't scrap the gorgeous heavily layered pages with huge clusters and patterned paper backgrounds. On my own pages, I feel like they're too busy and the photos and journaling take a back seat to the scrap stuff. I "know" how to do both looks and can pull them off if I spend enough time, but they aren't me. I'm a happy medium between them, a little closer to the minimalist end of the spectrum.

    My non-pocket pages tend to have 1-3 photos, and the fewer the photos the larger they are. If the photo is special enough to be scrapped alone, I want it big enough to see the details! (My many mediocre photos go on Project Life pages, where I cram lots of photos on each page.) I like solid or wood colored backgrounds that let the photos stand out, with a few layers of patterned paper somewhere on the page. I make small clusters, but too many of them to be minimalist.
     
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  13. bellbird

    bellbird Pollywog

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    I agree that the definition of minimalism can vary - one big stellar photo with less than a handful of ellies on a solid backgrd and i'm pretty ok; use only a quarter of the 12x12 canvas or less, leaving the rest as negative space and i get a bit, or a lot twitchy actually. Over the years i've learnt i can achieve minimalism when i have to - for challenges mostly - by throwing everything i normally would on and then gradually turning off layers so the process takes me longer than me scrapping normally.
    Usually those pages i won't print as is, sometimes i go back to the layered file and turn some of those layers back on or add in an extra photo or a few more elements or switch out 'white space' paper for a beautifully patterned paper that i could stare at on it's own! (and there are many of those in my stash of kits!) so my advice is give minimalism a go if you want to, experiment away! but make sure you are happy with the end result and re-print if you need to to be happy :)
     
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  14. bestcee

    bestcee No pictures? Use your imagination!

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    I'm not typically a one or two photo person overall. And I would never call myself a minimalist. But I have found a few things that are true in my life.

    1) Sometimes 1 photo tells the story better than 3 or 4. This is a page type that always starts with the story for me. The photo is akin to an accent or it's the main focus. Like my husband first meeting munchkin. I have a page, printed out, that is just 1 photo. It's lovely, and the single photo shines and puts the focus on that moment in time.
    2) I'm using older photos. I loved my old 2.1 MP camera. But the truth of the matter is those photos don't look too great at bigger than 4x6. Sure, some that were perfectly captured in the outdoor light can go a little bigger without getting too pixelated, but most can't. So, I usually pick out the best photo, sometimes two. And these older photos? There are always blurry or meh shots.
    3) I'm using scans. Most of the same issues as above. Except with my slides and some of the scans anything bigger than 3x5 gets pixelated. Because they are scans, it's easy to stick with one or two photos. Usually that's all that was taken!

    As I've done the above, I've learned which stories I want a zillion photos, and which ones I'm content with one-two photos on.

    I second the tips above too. A minimalist kit can work amazingly well with a full of photos page.
    For me, this is a minimalist page, and yet, there are 5 photos:
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    And this is a One Little Bird kit, which I think of as more minimalist, and yet, this page doesn't feel minimal to me.
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  15. Beckie

    Beckie Active Member

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    THIS. I'm a story teller too! I think that if I challenge myself to "make" elements from patterned paper I can make a minimalist type kit work for me. I have so many beauties in my wish list...I think I'll go ahead and pull the trigger on a few and see how they work out!
     
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  16. Beckie

    Beckie Active Member

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    Thanks Courtney! and i do love both those layouts !! I think part of the trick is to make the patterned paper stand out as a design element, just like you did in that last one. Also good points on the photo quality. I now have years of phone photos that I want to scrap that are NOT up to the same quality as my DSLR pics I usually scrap with. That would be a great time to embrace a "smaller" design!
     
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  17. Beckie

    Beckie Active Member

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    you guys thanks for all the awesome advice and perspective!!

    :byay:dancebun:banana
     
  18. Karen

    Karen My Christmas Wish came TRUE!

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    I am not here to offer advice because I resemble the latter part of your thread title. :giggle I want to fit all. the. things. on my pages. All the photos too. I am not concise. :giggle

    I think your plan to buy a few minimalist style kits and just play is a great way to go though! :) Good luck!
     
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  19. jesskab

    jesskab Watch me sizzle & twizzle

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    My minimalist pages are usually when I only got one darn decent pic of whatever was happening! I used to be a much more clean scrapper, but with Bella Gypsy & Jaimee, there's just so much to put on a page! Try Cheryl's {Dressed Down} templates.
     
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  20. EHStudios

    EHStudios I am more clever than I think

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    I guess since I'm not a mom or family historian or anything I'm mainly scrapping to "make art". Sometimes that means super simple or sometimes it means a crazy mess. Yes many tell a story, though that story may only be obvious to me. It's just making art. And yes I print everything, but they are in 7x7 books, so even pages with just a small bit don't seem like a waste to me. And those pages I might pair next to something a bit more full just for balance anyway.

    The goal is just making pages that YOU love & accomplish what your goal is for your scrapping. And with your minimalist playing, the goal should just be that! PLAY!
     
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