Welcome! This week at Write. Click. Scrapbook., we're going to explore a topic I've been thinking about quite a bit recently. I'm Amy Sorensen, and I'll be your blog hostess this week, but plan on seeing a whole bunch of other WCS team members too.
Lately I've wanted to accomplish a couple of different things with my scrapbooking layouts:
1. Scrap faster! I feel like I'm the world's slowest scrapbooker. Somehow I end up taking what seems like forever on my layouts. I want to get more done in less time.
2. Expand and develop my scrapbooking style. I'm actually fairly comfortable with how I scrapbook. I know that my style will always be journaling-centric, with a tendency toward alphabet-themed supplies. But I also don't want to get stuck in a rut. I want my layouts to look like me but also feel consistently fresh.
As I thought about these two goals I'm working on, I realized I have a great resource right here at Write Click Scrapbook. I'm probably a little bit biased, since I've been here since June 2010 and loved the site since it was founded by the creative brains behind Simple Scrapbooks (may it rest in peace, sniff). I considered all of the layouts and scrapbooking ideas I've pinned, or notes I've taken, and ideas I've loved, and I realized:
I don't do this enough. I tend to be inspired by others' layouts in the sense of seeing them and then thinking Ok, now I'm ready to create something. But scraplifting makes the process go a little bit faster, since the work that's the hardest part for me (figuring out where to put stuff and how to use supplies in different ways) has already done. And it also helps open up my scrapbooking style by helping me incorporate design approaches that my way of thinking just never would come up with.
So this week here at WCS, we're focusing on the fine art of scraplifting.
First, let's establish what scraplifting means. It is the process of taking part or all of a scrapbook layout and incorporating it into your own work. You can scraplift a design, an embellishment, a title treatment, a color scheme, even a story. (OK...the idea for a story, as someone else's experience can act as a spark for your own.) Anything, really.
Here's the first layout I scraplifted:
My inspiration was this layout:
When I saw Amy's layout in the gallery I sort of swooned just a little. Lately I'm drawn to tone-on-tone designs, with little pops of color, and of course I love my Silhouette. And scripty fonts mixed with straight ones.
When I scraplifted it, I changed a few things, mostly the position of objects. But I think the "feel" is similar.
I think every time you scraplift from someone, you can learn something about your own process. This scraplift reminded me that simple is often exactly what is needed. I had a whole bunch of little bits and pieces I'd pulled out to use on this layout—but as I looked back and forth between my scrapping desk and Amy's design, I realized that the "feel" she created was due partly to the judicious choices in supplies. So I kept mine simple, too.
Christine also scraplifted one of Amy Coose's layouts. She started with this page:
from the December gallery. She used it as inspiration for this layout:
This scraplift is remarkable to me because at first glance, you barely notice that one inspired the other. But when you look closer you can see the similarities in the way objects are placed and the shapes of things.
Christine shared some thoughts about this process:
I was inspired to pick this layout to scraplift because I love papers and layering them. I've always loved Amy Coose's style and this was the perfect chance to scraplift one of her layouts. I was also attracted to the shapes she used, such as the circles and stars. And sewing on the page! I love doing that but I don't have room in my craft area to leave my sewing machine out, so I hardly ever use it.
I changed my layout from Amy's page a bit, because I needed to fit three photos onto the page. I added a section on top with papers and shapes so that I could add my third photo. I am usually not a multi-photo on a page scrapbooker, but this page was for a vacation album and I needed to fit more photos onto my pages because I have so many photos from our vacation to Maui.
One of my scrapbooking friends told me once that she doesn't scraplift because it feels just a little bit like cheating. And while, OK, maybe it is standing on the shoulders of someone else, I also think it's one reason we share our work. If it helps someone else to scrap faster, or happier, or in different ways, I think it's a good thing!
So tell me: do you scraplift? Share a link to something you've scraplifted if you're so inclined! And join us tomorrow for more scraplifting goodies.