There are a lot of styles of scrapbooking out there. Some seem to follow naturally from certain product-lines, like the pocket-style scrapbooks (Project Life, Sn@p Studio, and others) naturally tend towards a similar look because the pockets force the crafter to following the same layout scheme. I’m not knocking the pocket-style system, May Flaum recently did a nice video on this style and really sold me on how great these systems would be for scrapbooking on a road trip! So great for gathering ephemera! But the layout is constrained.
I am beginning to suspect other styles are regional. When I first started following 7 Dots Studio, I thought I was seeing the work of just one designer who gravitated towards single-photo layouts with a foundation of beautiful, soulfully distressed-look papers, fantastic inky-messy splatters, and then the one small square photo encrusted around with embellishments and textures pulled together by ink-washes or distressed paint treatments. I started to realize that all of the designers who contribute to the blog go for this same style. I love it, but I started to wonder why it was so prevalent. I recently started to realize that many of there contributors are living in eastern Europe, when I saw a recent contribution by a scrapbooking Guest Designer who happens to be Russian.
So maybe it’s a regional preference? It certainly looks different than most of the American scrapbook bloggers that I follow, even those that work in distressed styles. I’m quite curious about this particular layout and method of scrapbooking, so if anyone knows if this is a 7 Dots Studio-specific thing or a regional thing, I’d be delighted to find out! Are there other styles of scrapbooking that seem to resonate geographically?
I definitely want to try one or two pages in this “European” style, but I don’t have plans to make a whole album using this small single-photo distressed style. I definitely want to get my hands on some of the beautiful 7 Dots Studio papers at some point, though!