Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Scrapbook Styles {Collage, Contemporary, Distressed and Doodley}

COLLAGE: the word collage comes from the French word ‘to paste’ and here are some popular definitions:
Collage is any piece of art with an additional layer glued on the surface. (National Collage Society)

A picture or design created by adhering such basically flat elements as newspaper, wallpaper, printed text and illustrations, photographs, cloth, string, etc., to a flat surface, when the result becomes three-dimensional. (collagetown.us)

Collage is an art form in which the artist creates or takes a number of items and places them together within the boundaries of paper, frame or screen. The goal is to craft a message or feeling by the very patterns and content. (collagetown.com)

Collage scrapbooking has the same goal as stated above and combines photos, journaling and often ephemera to help provoke a message.

How can I achieve this look in my scrapbooking? The following companies cater to collage scrapbooking: Paper Love Designs, K and Company, Sandylion, Reminiscence.

How can I incorporate a collage in my layout? Start with a blank piece of cardstock and layer materials to convey a message by its very patterns and content. Collage often have torn pieces of paper arranged to create the background. Arrange and re-arrange until you achieve your desired look. Tips: don’t clutter areas around photos, if using ephemera: scan or photocopy you can also resize to help it fit.

Notice in this layout all of the objects are layered and evoke a fun feeling about adolescent years. The journaling also is a quote for silly times during this era.

CONTEMPORARY art is classified as the art of the late 20th and early 21st century. All the definitions seem to be synonymous with modern art and serious art, which are difficult to classify. Since this art is fairly recent, it does not hold its place within the history books. Much of the meaning of contemporary art comes through implication, rather than by way of explicit statement.

Contemporary scrapbooking is a large family, which is home for several subdivisions of scrapbooking, including: Bold, Pop, Modern, Geometric, Linear, and Asymmetrical.

This style is innovative and fun. These scrapbookers seek out the newest products and use them in original ways. Colors tend to be bold and dramatic, and papers are alive with movement. Photos and other elements are often placed at angles. Journaling is lively and often sports a pithy quote or two. (scrapjazz.com)

How can I achieve this look in my scrapbooking? The following companies cater to contemporary art: SEI, Arctic Frog, Sassafrass Lass, and KI Memories.

How can I incorporate modern art in my layouts? Use patterned paper as a background and mix several types, shades, colors, and hues.

Notice in this layout the paper and embelishments are not "love themed" but the overall layout is about this subject. The colors are bold and unique and modern.

DISTRESSING in terms of art is the activity to make an item appear aged or older.

The goal of distressing is to achieve a less-than-perfect look or vintage look. Shabby shic style incorporates a lot of distressed elements. (scrapjazz.com)

How can I achieve this look in my scrapbooking? The following companies cater to distressed art: Tim Holtz inks, Daisy D, Making Memories {they sell a distressing kit}

How can I incorporate distressed elements in my layouts? Ink the edges of your patterned paper or die cuts, sand the edges of chipboard titles, photos, cardstock or metal, use pre-distressed paper! Tear paper, crumple paper, rub paper with metallic rubons or ink, dry brush paper with acrylic paint, rub paper with walnut ink. Tips: crumple and sand paper to reveal its inner white core, sanding softens boldness of colors, use white wash over patterned paper to dull its vibrancy, distressing is a great way to bring masculinity to embellishments.

Notice in this layout that an old world calendar was created by inked edges. The map was printed using muted colors and the background patterned paper was pre-distressed.

DOODLEY art is when penwork is used as an accent. In terms of scrapbooking, penwork comprises of a large portion of the layout.

How can I achieve this look in my scrapbooking? The following companies cater to doodley art: Sakura, American Crafts, Zig. Once the tools are in hand, practice. Practicing can be simple: start doodling whilst on the telephone, or doodle on your grocery list. “Mistakes” are often made in doodling and doodles are seldom perfect.

How can I incorporate doodles into my layouts? Use them to accent die cuts, handwrite your journaling on doodle lines, draw them onto your page adding basic shapes in the corners, add them to a subtitle or word, accent a pre-made embellishment, mix them with paint! Tips: the more you doodle, the better you will become, use pens you are comfortable with, position your hand away from the page to not smear your doodles.

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