As I put together this week's material, I found myself thinking about the ethics of scraplifting. I know...that's not a thing. Or not really. There is, in fact, a long line of creative types "lifting" ideas. There are oodles of poems, for example, with a subtitle like "after John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn." There are books that take a character from one novel and build an entirely new story around it. (I have an entire list of them somewhere!) Paintings based on old myths. Movies based on old fairy tales. Urban legends based on old movies.
Inspiration is quite often circular.
So I personally don't think there's anything ethically wrong about scraplifting. It just fits into how creativity works. But there is this: if you scraplift someone's idea, you should give credit for it if you post your layout online anywhere. I firmly believe in linking back. So if I scraplift something from someone, and then I share it somewhere online, I always make sure to link back, both to the original site where I found the layout and the original scrapbooker's blog (if she has one). Because who doesn't appreciate more hits on her blog? And who doesn't want to know that her work inspired someone else's?
In fact, even if I don't post the scraplift online, quite often I'll still email the orginal creator just to thank her for the inspiration.
My point, of course, is to give credit when you scraplift and then post somewhere. It's just good scrapbooking karma!
Today, I’m sharing this layout:
It was inspired by Sue Althouse’s layout
From the August 2013 WCS gallery.
I loved several things about Sue’s layout: the layers of patterned paper under the photos, the narrow strips at the top, the balance of the elements. But mostly I loved the journaling strips on top of the tags. Since my layouts tend to be heavy on story, I am always watching out for interesting ways to put the words on my layouts.
I followed Sue’s design pretty closely, but I made it feel like an “Amy Sorensen layout” by making the title bigger (I love mixing different alpha stickers) and hand drawing the letters for the word “jump.” The color choices are also connected to my style—I use quite a bit of orange, but in small doses. Finally, one of the things I do quite often is write the date on the layout by hand. Even though there’s absolutely nothing beautiful about my handwriting, I still think it’s important to include it.
(Sidenote: can I just say how much I love these pictures? They make me laugh, and plus: one day when Kaleb’s own little five-year-old is making him crazy because he has so. much. energy., I plan on using these images as evidence for just how energetic Kaleb was!)
Celeste made this layout
After being inspired by this layout of Jenny Larson’s
from the May gallery. (I confess: this was my favorite gallery layout this month, and one I will be scraplifting, too, in the very near future!)
Celeste shared part of her scraplifting process: