This week we celebrate the simpler style of Caroline McLachlan. Though dozens of different styles have come and gone since she started scrapping more than ten years ago, Caz remains steadfast in keeping her pages clean and simple, with the focus unapologetically on the photos, and the story.
Send in your ‘clean and simple’ Caz and Cathy inspired layouts by next Wednesday 1st June to be in the running for a ‘clean and simple’ prize pack! Please try and use Aussie Scrap Source brands in your pages.
When anyone ever asks Caz to describe her scrapping style the best she says she can usually come up with is “boring as bat poo”. A kinder word would be “‘minimalist”’ or to borrow her ‘Idol’ Cathy Zielske’s title - “Clean & Simple”. Caz can be very much influenced by layouts that she sees in magazines or by a product range but there are some things that are usually consistent in her work.
- Her photos must be straight, very rarely can she put them on a page at an angle and be happy with them. She has no idea why. She just can’t. End of story
- Her pages have few embellishments, she can put a pile of photos and embellishments on a page, and guarantee that at least half of them will be removed by the time the layout is complete.
- Caz doesn’t like her own handwriting. Most of her journaling is done on the computer. Very few pages have no journaling at all on them, if you can’t see it on the front of the pages more often than not it will be stuck on the back or hidden someway behind a photo for example.
Caz was lucky enough to meet and take classes with the lovely Cathy Zielske back in 2006. Cathy signed the inside cover of her book, Clean & Simple. She wrote ‘Caz. Simplify, Cathy Z’.
It was here that Caz realised that she really only wanted to scrap like Cathy does.
To tell the story.
To leave behind memories.
Not only for future generations but also for her current family.
Everyday moments and special occasions
The good and the bad
The laughter and the tears
The beautiful and the not so beautiful.
Thanks Cathy for that one word and all the inspiration that you have provided over the years.