This month, I had planned to write a nifty article all about ideas for scrapping those non-girly girls in our lives, supplemented with a few tips and examples from your fellow DigiShopTalk members. But when I put the call out for ideas and sample layouts, I was blown away with all the inventive suggestions, tips, and examples! So instead of just me rambling on, I decided to put the focus on our creative DigiShopTalk scrappers. I hope their ideas inspire you!
KimericKreations shares that her daughter "is/was a tomboy with a big heart. Rough and tumble, but sweet. When scrapping photos of her from her teenage years, I go for darker colors, usually something with some form of denim blue in it...greens...deep purples...NO PINK (I do sneak in a little 'dusty rose' once in a while)." Can you see the hint of "dusty rose" in her layout? KimericKreations' tip reminds us that balance is key to a great layout. Just a hint of pink adds the perfect feminine touch but the darker, dusky dominant colors keep it from being too girly-girl.
Do you have a pre-teen or teenager who avoids your camera like the plague? So does Nzingha, and she has a clever tip for scrapping those "sour face" photos. "I will ... use journaling as a way to really scrap her rather than a kit that is about her personality," says Nzingha. She also likes to find kits that are "a bit more on the funky side and still says girl" to scrap her daughter.
This layout (right) by Nzingha gave me yet another idea for scrapping those hard-to-scrap tweens and teens - use a gender-neutral theme kit for pictures of their activities, passions, and interests. Sports and music kits, for example, are often pretty neutral and are a wonderful way to capture a part of their life without worrying about making the page too frilly.
ScrapinMama (Kim)'s daughter "can be both a girly girl and completely not." So, smart mama that she is, Kim doesn't try to fit her girl into one specific type of kit. "Even a boy-focused kit can scrap girls," she says, "you just put a little more color on the layout - some reds or greens are perfect." I love her layout example, too - what a rockin' little girl! The kit she used, L8er Sk8er by Digilicious Designs, is definitely marketed for boys, but Kim proves that sometimes girls are rough-and-tumble skaters too!
Sometimes girls (and women too) don't fit into either "mold"; while they're not girlie-girls, they aren't exactly tomboys either. That's the trouble Lindabglw (Linda) runs into with her two girls. Although she buys "boy" kits sometimes, "they aren't always right for my girls either because of all the stars, dirt, and grunge." Like many of us, Linda says "that's good for me sometimes, but not always." She prefers using kits with "bright colors like blue, green, orange, red, and yellow that still have things like flowers and ribbon, as well as other unique elements that aren't overly 'girlie'." Her layouts demonstrate an excellent use of bright color and fun elements. In the layout below, Linda showcases Flutter Expressions' kit Goofball--perfect for a non-girly page.
Do you have a hard time scrapping birthdays? Birthday kits are often pink-and-purple for girls and blue-and-green for boys. It can be difficult to use a boy birthday kit for a girl, too, since the word art may be all "boy" too. Linda's had the same problems, and she found a cute, colorful and pink-free Yummy Birthday kit from Bean Bunny Designs and Rhonda Sunflower Designs to scrap her daughter's birthday. See her layout here.
DigiGirlTN (Jennifer) suggests using "colors and elements that represent your girl's personality." Since her step-daughter isn't a girly-girl, she tries "to combine a dark color, like black, with a color that really pops." Jennifer says this perfectly represents her step-daughter's personality; "She's very loud and outgoing."
I especially love amber565's idea. It's perfect to scrap your baby girls (and older ones, too, of course) when you're not a fan of pink and frilly. Amber565 says that she is not "a frilly girl myself, so I tend to focus more on fun, quirky, doodle-y kits." She finds that these type of kits are generally more unisex. Since her daughter is still an infant, "it remains to be seen if she'll be a girly girl or not, but I have found it quite easy to re-use kits I have that I got for scrapping pictures of her older brother or other non-baby events." Her best suggestion? "I just don't let the theme or color scheme deter me from using a kit." Here's two of amber565's adorable layouts with "non-baby-girl" kits:
If you tend toward the minimalist and/or photo-centric side of scrapbooking, then OceanWideDesigns (Meg)'s tip should resonate with you. Meg likes to "keep things simple, and let the photo tell the story!" For her, "simply is always better. I myself am a pretty active person and like to do things like fishing and hiking. Even though I'm not usually very girly, I like to add a little whimsy to my layouts." I love her example, very minimal, and the four-leaf-clover touches really support her theme!
Lavendar (Neisha)'s daughter loves fantasy and dragons, so Neisha scrapped, printed and framed this cool layout for her daughter's room. What a creative way to get those digital layouts off the computer and add some personalized decor to your favorite girl's room! For her teenage daughter, "I try to find kits that fit her personality: her hobbies, favorite colors and styles," Neisha says. "And, I like to show her my progress as I make a page and ask her for her opinion and use some of her suggestions. She likes to sit next to me and watch me put a page together about her and I love her input." Excellent suggestion, Neisha!
I hope you've found some fresh new ideas for scrapping all the girls in your life. Thanks to our wonderfully helpful DigiShopTalk members for offering their ideas and examples! Now it's your turn: Post your tips and ideas for scrapping non-girly girls in this thread in the DST forum or in the comments here.