This weekend, Shimelle held a great Scrapbooking Challenge Weekend at her blog!
I decided to make the best of a day's scrapping at Scrap Club and I made / completed several pages (on Sunday and since), as part of the challenges.
A slightly loose connection, since I am not certain that I have one "signature accent" as such... However, this page has four of the things I have been using most on my layouts in the past few months - circles mounted onto scalloped circles, something fancy done with ribbons, inked edges (on everything!) and hand-embellished/ hand-made lettering.
The lettering is something I have always done - If I can't find some letters I like for my titles, I either embellish plain ones, or just cut out some from paper that I do like!
I like ribbons and have fun fiddling with them in lots of ways - flowers, bows, double-layered strips with a slider decoration... and the technique on this page, made by cutting slots with a great little edge punch that I was given, then threading a narrow ribbon through, to make a decorative edging. I've used it several times and I love the effect. It even looked good in black, just here!
And the scalloped circles are something I've had fun with several times. I used them on the page about my Present from Deb (though to be fair, she made these as labels for the various sweeties etc in the parcel!); I made my own hand-printed lino-cut embellishments for this page... I just like sticking circles on my layouts!
And I've discovered that inking the edge of a photo, matt or other element for a page, really makes it stand out and gives it a "finished" look. The edges of photos are often very white and they show up against the paper when you matt them; inked in a matching or contrasting colour, the photo suddenly "pops" on the page and somehow stands out much better. It just looks more complete somehow. I like it anyway and use it A Lot.
So, this page has all four of those things - I think it therefore qualifies as a "Signature" layout for me; I hope you agree!