Welcome back! It’s Amy here with you again, for another day of scraplifting tips and tricks.
As I worked on the material for this week, I very purposefully tried to make layouts that reflected the original designs but that also “felt” like layouts I would make. To make it mine, in other words. If you look back on the layouts I’ve shared so far, you can see how the bones of each one are pretty similar to those of the inspiration piece, but my scraplifts still wouldn’t look out of place with the rest of my layouts.
Making a scraplift yours involves a few pieces of knowledge:
1. Understanding your own scrapbooking style is key. There are plenty of times when I see a beautiful layout and think I wish I could scrap just like that. In a sense, that’s the impulse that drives a scraplift in the first place—wanting to make something that looks just like that. But when you bring your own style to something you love, you make something different that is uniquely you. To do this, though, you have to understand something about your own scrapbooking style. I know that my style is centered in the story. I like to include a lot of journaling in unique ways, and I like to use text-based embellishments. I’m most comfortable with small patterns and I like simple lines. So when I do a scraplift, the first thing I think about is how I will fit my story into the design parameters. Will I need to add some journaling space somewhere, or take out a photo or embellishment so I have more room for words?
2. It’s also good to know your weaknesses. My stumbling block is always design—the fine art of knowing where to put things. (Maybe that’s also why my bookshelves are jumbled messes of books stacked both horizontally and vertically?) Sometimes design seems like a foreign language I can almost understand, but just not quite. Knowing this is a weakness, I lean on other people’s design fluency when I scraplift. Maybe your weakness is, say, mixing colors, so when you do a scraplift you might look more at how the inspiration piece uses blue, green, and yellow. Let the inspiration piece push you out of your comfort zone a little bit!
3. Your unique approach brings a scraplift to life. Your stories, your photos, your embellishment and color and font and texture choices are what transform someone else’s idea into your creative expression.
The point is to narrow down what it is you want to be inspired by, and then bring your own creative force to the rest of the choices.
Here’s that process in action.
I fell in love with this layout
by Amy Kingsford, from one of last year’s summer dailies. I adore how she placed the tags around the photo in a way that leads your eye to both specific spots in the picture and to the journaling itself. I like that she used a big piece of a bold patterned paper; I also loved the muted color scheme. (And that picture! I almost want to have another baby just so I can recreate that picture!) (OK, not really. But almost!)
Here’s the layout that I made, inspired by Amy’s:
When I first started working on this layout, I started almost completely from scratch. The only thing I knew I wanted for certain was to work with one of my son Kaleb’s baby pictures. When I found this image, I was swamped with memories of how it felt to have a new little one (he’ll turn nine next month!). For the journaling, I had some notes saved in the folder with my pictures, so I just had to edit that text a bit.
Then I moved on to color choices. Since I had taken almost all of the saturation out of the photo when I printed it, I wasn’t completely bound by the colors in the picture, which are mostly shades of blue. Instead, I went with soft but warm yellows and oranges, to reinforce the feel of the kids lying in the sun. This choice was also influenced by the soft colors in Amy’s layout.
Once I had the supplies picked out, the layout came together really quickly. I changed the positioning of the tags on the photo because (obviously!) my photo was different from Amy’s. I added a tag for the date. Then I started playing with where the title would go, and I learned something: the thing that adds just the right bit of oomph to this layout? Those two crossed pieces of washi tape. I almost didn’t include them, but the layout just didn’t feel right until I included them. I think it’s because they give the title a home in the middle of the pattern.
I made Amy’s layout into my own by:
*adding more journaling
*including the date tag. If I don’t handwrite the date, I like to do something small that repeats part of another embellishment for the date.
*cutting the main title with a script font (LD something*?) and spelling the subtitle with different letter stickers (those pale orange alphas are one of my current favorite supplies)
*running the photo all the way to the edges of the layout
The way Amy’s layout pushed me out of my comfort zone? I used that nice, bold (for me) patterned paper. Remember…I like smaller patterns. But I took a deep breath and used this cloud paper (instead of the B side I bought it for) and you know? I love it!
Let’s look at how some other WCS team members make a scraplift or two their own!
Lisa made this layout
Lisa’s use of chevron patterned paper and the strong diagonal line (I love that and am all itchy & inspired to do this soon!) are reflective of Amy’s layout. To me, the photo is what really makes this feel like a “Lisa Ottosson” layout. About her process, Lisa says
I used Amy´s general design with the half page. I didn´t journal on this layout since I plan to have it in my general happy things album, which is more like a coffee table book than a scrapbook. I liked how my eyes were drawn to the photo on her layout and I tried to recreate that.
Jennie McGarvey also shared a couple of scraplifts. This first one
Two very different layouts—color, theme, embellishments. One very Jina, one very Jennie! They both make me want to do different things—Jina’s layout inspires me to do a then/now layout (maybe about how, twenty years ago I discovered that I really, really love black clothes. And how I still do now!) Jennie’s layout made me stop and think what everyday kinds of moments am I forgetting to document? (It also made me want some ice cream!)
and this one
I actually have Stephanie’s layout pinned on my scrapbooking board. I loved the vertical column of text. And I love just as much how Jennie changed that into the little story that is her title. (Sidenote: I gave up. I’m eating ice cream while I write this!)
Jennie says this about her scraplifting process for these two layouts:
For both of these pages, I kept pretty close to the original design. I had chosen both original pages because their overall design really appealed to me -- and I wanted to stay true to that. They were both done with materials that were pretty easy to use whatever products and make the design my own.
And there you go, as powerful a way as any to make a scraplift your own: similar design, different products.