Beck Beattie, 2012 Scrapbooking Memories Master
1. Define your style in five words and explain how this style came about or why you feel you scrap the way you do?
Grungy, layered, shabby chic, and detailed. I actually started out with a more vintage feminine style scrapping my wedding photos prior to having children. I would layer many expensive embellishments and flowers to create my pages. When children came along and they were both boys, my style had to change as I love the challenge of not putting any flowers on a male-only layout. It really developed my style and the need to experiment with different embellishments and elements to create the same interest and detail I have always enjoyed about my style. It has also led to a budget-friendly way to create style as I create a number of different elements for my pages from paper, stamping or screening.
2. How do you plan a page?
I like to choose my photos or paper first. I then like to get out a range of different elements that will work best with it. I then start by creating my background (I often use a fairly plain patterned paper or plain cardstock) using various mediums and techniques to create depth and interest. I then play with the photo, patterned papers and embellishments to bring it together. I like to finish by adding lots of little elements by way of twine, little embellishments, tags, buttons, etc to finish it off and ensure there is a good balance of colour and design.
3. What drives and inspires your projects?
I am really inspired by the photos and memory I am scrapping. The subject or colours in the photo often influence how I will actually put the layout together. I very rarely scrap a photo more than once and I love to ensure there is journalling on the page talking about the memory I am preserving.
4. What do you think is the one thing that distinguishes your unique approach to the craft?
My detail and depth in the backgrounds to match with the photo or patterned papers I am working with.
5. What is your favourite product and your favourite way to use it?
At the moment it would be screens as they are able to be used in so many different ways to create fine details or add texture to a project.
6. Do you have any special tips or tricks that you would like to share?
When I am very near the end of putting together a project I like to photograph it on my phone and look over it to work out if something is missing or just not quite right. It really helps to ensure there is the right balance of colour and design.