The Colorful Scrapper | A Scrapper’s Style Interview with Lynnette Wilkins

Hello Lynnette! Welcome to Simply Tiffany Studios! Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you became interested in digital scrapbooking?

I’ve been a digital scrapbooker since 2005 after my oldest son was born. I had previously paper scrapped as a teenager, but couldn’t deal with the mess and cost of paper scrapping living in a small apartment on a student budget. So digi was the perfect solution! Fast forward 8 years and three cross-country moves later, and I’m a stay-at-home mom of four with more photos and memories than I have time to scrap. And what a lovely problem that is!

What three words would you use to characterize your current style?

  1. Colorful! I love, love, love color. The thing that usually stands out most to me when looking at scrapbooking products are the color combinations, and I try to play with color on my pages.
  2. Story-centered. I really try to have my layouts tell the stories of my life. As much as I love the products, at the end of the day what matters most (and what my loved ones really care about) are the bits and pieces of our lives I’m preserving
  3. Scrappy. I don’t really know if that is even a word or a thing, but I just love “stuff”. I love pattern papers and elements of all kinds, and I’m always trying to find the right balance when it comes to the scrappy “stuff” on my pages. I want to add a lot without it being too much or overwhelming the story.

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That is something that is hard to balance, but you do it very well!

Do you have a unique calling card or something that you do with all of your pages?

This is a hard question! I’m not really sure there’s one thing I do or add to every page. Maybe words? I love title work and nearly every page has at least some journaling. Sometimes a lot, sometimes just a little; whatever is needed to tell the story. Sometimes just a couple of words can be more powerful than paragraphs of words!

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How long does it take for you to complete a page, on average?

It varies quite a bit, but I’d say on average it takes me about two hours to create a layout.

Do you feel like your scrapbooking style has evolved over time?

Ohhhh… boy. All I can say is thank goodness I have evolved! Some of my older layouts are downright awful. I was looking back at one of my first layouts the other day: no shadows on any papers, photos, or elements except for a heavy shadow on the text. What was I thinking?! As embarrassing as this is, I’m going to be really brave and share my VERY first digital layout back in 2005:

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I actually love the photo and story of this layout so much that I redid it just a couple of years later in 2007:

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I think my evolution has come from learning my program (just look at the difference in the photo editing), by studying the work of other scrappers I admire and most of all just by doing. I find that the more I scrap, the more I learn what I really like and find my own style.

I think it’s encouraging for other beginning digital scrapbookers to see where you started and how far you have come, so thanks for sharing that with us!

Do you ever attempt to step outside of your style comfort zone?

Sometimes I do, but probably not as often as I should. Some of my favorite layouts are those I’ve done for challenges using techniques and styles that I wouldn’t normally try on my own!

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 Are you drawn to a certain type of digital kit as a result of your style? Who are some of your favorite designers that complement your style?

I like a variety of different styles. I’m really drawn to bold color combinations paired with funky and unique elements. Kitschy Digitals, Valorie Wibbens, Jenn Barrette and Allison Pennington are some that come to mind. I think Kim Jensen has some of the best handmade products around. I also really love the graphic and clean style of designers like Gennifer Bursett, Paislee Press and One Little Bird.

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Who inspires you as a page designer?

There are so many, I can’t name them all! Amber Reis is amaaaazing – her blended, artsy pages always make me swoon. I love absolutely everything Tiff does, her pages always look so effortlessly clean, colorful and elegant, a combination I can’t quite seem to pull off. Mi Monteiro and ChantalK both create lovely, simple pages. I think the layout artist I love and identify most with style-wise (or just really want to be like) is Shannon Dombowski (mrsski07). Those are just a few; I could go on and on!

What tips would you give to someone who wants to design pages similar to your own?

That’s a tough one, because I still feel like I’m testing out “my style” myself! One thing I try to be really conscious of when scrapping is how color works:

  • How the colors I’m using work together.
  • How the colors work with the photo(s) (when in doubt just make it black and white LOL!).
  • How the colors help convey the emotion or mood of the story I’m telling.

Early in my scrapping days I studied up on basic design concepts, which I’m also very aware of as I design pages. Just play! That’s the best way to really find what out what feels right for you.

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Thank you so much for joining us today, Lynnette! We have loved learning more about your style process!

You can see more of Lynnette’s work on her Flickr page My Scrapbook Art gallery. She is also on Facebook and has her own personal blog.