Welcome to Day 18 of the series, FIND your FIT! (To return to the beginning, click here.)
In yesterday’s post, I listed scraplifting as a way to scrapbook faster. Today, we’re going to delve a little deeper into what scraplifting is and how you can use it in your scrapbooking.
What is it?
Scraplifting is a term used by scrapbookers that describes the act of copying elements of another person’s design (in whole or in part) to use on your own pages.
How it can help you
Scraplifting can help conquer overwhelm and lack of fresh ideas
Staring at a blank canvas (paper or screen) can be intimidating, especially if you are just starting out. Even veteran scrapbookers can get into a rut by using the same elements over and over. By looking through online layout galleries, Pinterest, or magazines, you can get ideas to incorporate into your page design.
I used this technique when I did my first Layout a Day Challenge. It helped me complete 31 layouts in a month because I didn’t have to come up with a complete design from scratch.
Scraplifting can help you figure out your style
Copying a layout (or an element of a page) in a style that appeals to you can help you decide if you like the look and want to continue using it in your future layouts. This helps you determine what works and what doesn’t in your own personal style.
During that month of LOAD, my personal style started to emerge. I was able to determine what I liked and didn’t like about my layouts. For instance, I found out that I like white, cream, or kraft cardstock backgrounds, clean or minimal distressing, grid designs, and die-cutting my titles. If I hadn’t scraplifted that many layouts, I may have been too frustrated to finish and may have never made this discovery.
How you can use it in your scrapbooking
Create a Pinterest board of inspiration.
Look for trends that emerge in your selection of pins. Most of the common themes can be translated into your design style. For example, you might find that you are drawn to bold colors, a unique mix of patterns, and lots of accessories.
Inspiration to pin:
- Scrapbook designs
- Scrapbook sketches
- Fashion and home design (for colors and patterns)
- Advertising (for layout designs and font selections)
Take a look at the layouts you love. What appeals to you? Is it the design, the colors, the embellishments? Use that as a starting point or as a complete design. In all likelihood, by changing the paper and embellishments, the entire feel of the layout with change, and it will appear to be unique to the viewer.
Final notes about scraplifting
- Scraplifting is meant for your personal pages. Always give credit to the original designer if you post it in a gallery. Never submit a scraplifted design for publication.
- Your family and friends aren’t going to judge you for scraplifting. They will just look at your beautifully completed pages and think you are a design genius. 🙂
- Create a Pinterest board and pin your inspiration. Find any common elements that you can use in your scrapbook designs. Feel free to post a link to your board in the comments, if you would like some feedback.
- Do you scraplift? How does it help you? Let us know below!