Welcome back to day three of scraplifting week here at WCS. I hope you’ve enjoyed what we’ve shared so far. Amy here, and today I thought I’d toss out a question:
How do you keep your scrapbook inspiration organized?
I have to confess, technology makes this much easier for me! I used to have folders (you know…actual, real, paper folders) where I’d toss in layout ideas that I’d torn out of scrapbook magazines. I kept them organized by number of pictures. I think I spent almost as much time organizing ideas as I did scrapbooking.
Now I use a revolutionary, never-before-heard-of organization method:
I know, probably everyone uses Pinterest. But it’s such a useful tool for keeping ideas organized. Mostly what I pin are layouts that I love but aren’t sure what I’ll take from or how I’ll use.
When I see a layout and know immediately what story it inspires me to tell, I keep it in my layout notes. This process is a little bit more specific to how I work. If I find an idea I want to use and I know immediately which story I'll use it for, or I have one of those this-supply-will-work-perfectly-with-that-story moments, I make a note to myself that includes the link to the layout and how I want to use it, and then I save the note in the folder where those pictures are located. That way, once I get around to working on those photos, I have my layout idea notes ready to go.
Some layouts end up in both places!
The layout I’m sharing today was inspired by this layout from Laura O’Donnell:
I’m drawn to layouts with big photos lately, so this grabbed my eye immediately. I didn’t have a specific way to use it yet, though, so I pinned it and waited, and then I remembered this photo of my son Nathan and I knew Laura’s layout would be a good place to start:
I swapped out the smaller photo with some journaling, but I kept quite a bit of the original design. One thing I learned from this scraplift is just how hard it is to mix layers of patterned paper successfully! That is something I’ve been trying to do better lately; sometimes I get it right. I’m not sure I did on this layout—I keep looking back at Laura’s original to see what pattern-mixing magic I overlooked.
That’s another thing about scraplifting: sometimes the original just can’t be duplicated. But there’s always the next layout, right?
Lisa made this layout:
I love the fun polaroid mats that Diane used on this page. They give such a summer feeling to the whole page. I didn´t use polaroid mats, but still went with a similar shaped on the photos. Since I scrap A4 (8.5x11") I usually end up using three photos. I also liked her title on the edge like that, so I did that too. I l also added a bit more journaling than Diane did, but I can totally see this layout as a title page for spring layouts in my album!
Jennifer Hignite shared this layout:
Here’s what Jennifer said about her scraplifting process:
I was inspired by the design of Carey’s layout. I was drawn to it because of the polaroid photos and the word bubbles!
I changed up the design a little bit, to make more room for journaling. I wanted to write a little bit more on this layout to share some then and now perspectives on school life. I kept the layout of the photos very similar, and used word bubbles to help make the photos pop.
Most layouts have enough flexibility that even when you change things, the result is still amazing. Dare I confess that I rarely use word bubbles, even though I love them? Hmmmm. I might have to scraplift that idea. Just pinned it!