I really want to start working with story-centered albums and upgrading some layouts that I've already made, but I'm really struggling with the concept of visual continuity. I wanted to work on a layout today - one that hopefully will go into an upgraded album once I get it together - but I hesitated because I didn't want to choose papers or colors that might not look good with other layouts that I've already done. I'm not really a plan-ahead type of person, and I generally just choose papers and embellishments that look good or sound good in the moment or go well with the pictures. I'm worried that once I start trying to compile layouts into a story album, none of them will "match" or have any visual continuity. I know there are no scrapbooking police and no one's really going to care except me, but I'm just wondering if anyone else struggles with this. Shimelle or Noell, do either of you have story-centered albums where there isn't much visual continuity? Should I even worry about this?
I was hoping they would discuss this when they got to the end and were discussing issues you might encounter with story albums that you wouldn't with others. I have this issue as well - I want to do a school years album for my daughter and have a couple pages I did when she was in Kindergarten but haven't done any since and don't necessarily want to use the same color pallette for the rest.
Actually as I'm typing this, they did discuss this a little - when Shimelle said occasionally she'll do an upgraded album and have a couple of pages that she did at another time - so she has added in some embellishments or color from the album to tie it in. I think what you're saying is how do you do this type of album more on the fly without planning papers and colors ahead of time. Could you plan on a particular stamp or embellishment that you would use on all the pages - you could do different colors but have the same details on each page? Or maybe do a frame of white or kraft on each page? Noell mentioned that her album about herself as a kid has lots of different colors - not as much of a planned ahead color palette.
Yes, we definitely discussed this but it might not have stood out to you as much because there was probably more emphasis on setting up for continuity (it takes more time to explain how you can get continuity, than for the fact that it's okay not to have it, lol). First, I do have many albums that have ZERO design continuity. All my first story albums were that way, and some of the albums I work on now are still that way -- because even though I have coordinated kits for most of them now, there are some albumsthat I feel enough freedom with that sometimes I still just want to go in a different color direction. It's OKAY!
Here are some thoughts that I can remember from the course, plus a new one or two that we might not have shared. I you have further questions about these points, please feel free to ask:
1) For me, some stories are just open for all kinds of moods, colors, emotions, etc, which means I scrapbook whatever colors work best for that story, and do not worry about having design continuity for that album.
2) Bringing a whole bunch of layouts together that were made before I started the album -- If I really want them to coordinate I would do my best to create a color palette that includes a color or two from each layout.
3) Bringing in just one or two layouts from before I started the album -- Do you remembered the story I shared about my album for my parents' farm? In that album, all the pages have some green and some leafy imagery. Other than that, the pages vary quite a bit (I try to make most albums pretty flexible so I can go with the flow). So when I wanted to add a page I made in the past that had none of these farm album constraints, I added green leafy accents to the already existing page. It ended up looking better.
4) Shimelle didn't share this, I don't think, but I have seen her add smaller pages between two mis-matched layouts (like a 6x12 page), and on that smaller page in the middle, she brought together some of the original page colors and the new album colors. Because you could see the mis-matched pages and the smaller-sized pages at the same time, it made it all feel coordinated.
5) Some of my albums have a favored color scheme + icon that I use a lot, but not on every page. Because those colors appear frequently, I feel that is enough to give some albums an amount of continuity that I am happy with.
6) Having coordinated kits ready for most of the story albums make it really easy to not have to worry about whether my page is going to coordinate. I HIGHLY recommend it. It's one of the best things I ever did for my little scrapbooky self.
I feel like Shimelle may have shared something else about this, but I'm not sure. We really tried to emphasize that both of us usually just jump in feet first because we don't like to plan too much ahead of time. We often start pulling things together somewhere later in the process.
Hopefully these thoughts will ease your mind and allow you to just go ahead and scrapbook!