Scrapping Rut!

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I have found myself again in a scrapping rut!  It happens to every scrapbooker and they can tell you that it is extremely frustrating!  I started scrapping a favorite photo of my husband and I kept trying different papers and layering techniques but was not happy with what I was coming up with.  I think sometimes, if it is an especially treasured photo, you can put more pressure on yourself to create the “perfect” page to express how much you love that particular photo.  In a lightbulb-over-the-head moment I finally envisioned a layout that I felt would look great…I’m going to start working on it and I’ll post it later in the week.

Anyways, I wanted to give some advice if you find yourself stuck in a scrapbooking rut:

  1. Scraplift — I used to be so opposed to this.  I felt like I was stealing someone else’s work or I was cheating myself by not being creative enough to come up with my own layout.  There are so many talented people out there with such great ideas and different techniques that can help you expand your scrapping knowledge.  You learn different styles and it can help inspire you to use these newly-learned styles and techniques in your own layout.  Don’t feel like you’re cheating, but don’t forget to give credit where credit is due!
  2. Take a break —  Sometimes it’s best to walk away when you’re getting frustrated.  Go read a book, watch t.v., take some photos!  That way you take some pressure off of yourself!
  3. Look at Scrapping Magazines! — sometimes this is enough to inspire you!  I’ve combined many different ideas from scrapping magazines into my own personal layouts.
  4. Buy new scrapping material — sometimes new embellies or papers can inspire you.  This is mostly how I justify my scrapbooking shopping addiction!
  5. Scrap with friends — they can help give you tips and their opinions.  Plus, you’ll have so much fun with your friends that you won’t feel as much pressure to create the perfect page.
  6. Let it go! — no page is perfect!  Don’t put so much pressure on yourself.  Remember, you can always re-scrap a photo later if you still aren’t happy with your layout.  Oftentimes, I will be upset by a page that I’m starting to create…thinking it won’t live up to the picture…but most of the time I find that I end up loving the page–imperfections and all!  I especially love looking at my first layouts to see how much my style has grown and changed.  Pictures can be re-scrapped…there’s no rule against this!

Hope some of this advice helps!  Don’t allow scrapping to be stressful…remember it’s supposed to be fun!

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I’m finally published!  I’m so excited!  It’s really a wonderful and inspiring issue put out by Life.Paper.Scrapbook.  It is chock full of talented scrapbookers and I am so lucky and humbled to have my layout be included among such great pages!  The link to the issue is: http://issuu.com/lifepaperscrapbook/docs/lps_no1_autumnsp?mode=window.  My layout is on page 74 (which is also posted on this blog).  Be ready to be totally inspired!  

A Legacy of Love

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This is a photograph of my great grandparents.  I had seen some peacock feathers in Michael’s flower section.  I really like the colors of peacock feathers and felt that they would be a nice addition to a more “vintage-type” layout.  The rose paper is from Bo bunny.  I used gold mist from the Tattered Angels line.  I also used my Silhouette to cut the purple border strips located below the photograph, the bird cage, and the title.  I also used Lindy’s Stamp Gang Moonshadow Sprays in Phantom Fushia to color the birds, as well as the Tawny Turqoise to color the bird cage and the half circles.  The flowers are from Prima and Petaloo and the bling is from Zva.                                                                                 Image

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True Love

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I have been away from the blogging scene for quite awhile!  I was finishing up school and I haven’t had much time to scrapbook!  This was a page I scraplifted from a youtube user, Kathyrn Krieger (here’s the link to give credit where credit is due:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DscnFQqflEI).  I was feeling uninspired since I hadn’t scrapbooked in awhile and I came across her video.  I really liked the layout and decided to give it a try, plus she was great at explaining how she did everything.  I thought it turned out pretty well, although I still like her layout more!  This is a pic of me and the hubs (the night of our wedding).

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Sitting Pretty

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I mostly used Little Yellow Bicycle papers for this layout.  I wanted a quilt-like pattern to the paper so I used a square punch to punch out several pieces from different papers.  I popped some of the squares up and added some heart stickers, a brad, and some buttons.  I hand-stitched some blue thread between the squares.  I also traced the title with black ink to make it pop a little more.

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