My new favorite way to get “inspired” is to pick up a scrapbooking book or magazine…when I see a layout I like then I “lift” it and create my own version of it. I have done more scrapping in the last month then I have in a couple of years. It is amazing how sometimes I don’t very far from the original and sometimes I’ll start with an idea from a magazine, use different paper, change the way the pictures are arranged, add a different embellishment and the layout morphs so far from the one I was “lifting” that you couldn’t tell I borrowed the idea if you were looking at the original and mine side by side!
This is a layout I did tonight. I got the idea from a Stampin’ Up catalog. I also used a scrapbook kit from Stampin’ Up. I still need to add the perfect picture and do a little journaling…but I’m pretty excited about how it came together.
This layout is of my son eating his first biscuit. I also “lifted” this layout from a Stampin’ Up catalog. I used paper that I purchased from Hobby Lobby. The title I cut using my favorite new Cricut Cartridge – Alphalicious.
This layout is using the same paper as the layout above from Hobby Lobby. The title is cut using the Street Sign cartridge…another one of my favorites. There’s a little envelope that is being held together with the buttons and embroidery floss that will house the journaling for the page. I’m not typically very good at journaling so it is usually the last thing that I do on a page.
This layout was fun to do. I had 4 pictures of my son and my daughter cleaning out the bread drawer to sit in it when they were about the same age. The picture of my daughter on the bottom lifts up to reveal a picture of my son looking down as well!
I used a scrapbooking kit from Stampin’ Up to do this layout.
I used a Cricut to cut the circles out for the 12x12 layout and my Coluzzle to cut the picture. The stickers for the title say How Sweet it is to be….Loved by You. The paper is from We Are Memory Keepers. I can’t remember the line off the top of my head but I think it is Heavy Metals or something along those lines.
This last layout is of my son at a birthday party. The writing along the bottom is a dictionary definition of the word Explore. My friend taught me a great trick for dictionary definitions after I spent 10 minutes typing this one out. If you pull up the dictionary in your word processing software and look up the word you want to use you can cut and paste the definition!
These aren’t my favorite pages…but I’m finding I need to let go and just scrap. I get so picky about what I do with a page that sometimes it can take me hours or days to do even one layout. I’m not a very patient person…so if I don’t see progress that I get discouraged and bored with the project. So I’m finding if I let go and just do it I get a lot more done in the same amount of time…and I’m just as happy with the results!!
Happy Scrapping!!! Heather