Thursday, November 25, 2010

November Scrapbook Challenge

Hello scrappers!!

We have all all lost our mojo at some stage or another....I know it happens to me a lot.  Or perhaps you have seen a layout on your favourite site or scrapping mag, and totally fallen in love with the layout or an element thereof....

This is when we turn to scraplifiting.  No, it is not a swear word, it is totally acceptable to lift ideas or the entire layout from another resource, there are just some etiquette rules to follow when you scraplift.

I found the information below about scraplifiting on the following sites:

Scraplifting (skrap-lift-ing) – The act of copying ideas and designs from another person’s scrapbook page to use in your own pages. Designs or ideas can be copied in whole or in part and is largely subjective.

1.         Do use layouts in magazines and online galleries to expand your scrapbooking horizons. I know for a fact that there are certain color combinations or picture taking techniques that I would never have tried on my own if I hadn’t seen them in use elsewhere. Scrapbooking is a creative activity, and sometimes we just need to be inspired by others. Seeing different techniques, arrangements and creative ideas can help you stretch your wings a bit and work outside of your comfort zone. And when you do that, you’ll be surprised at what you can create!

2.         Don’t copy outright, especially if you are entering a contest. This is the scrapbooking equivalent of cheating. Use a simple rule…if you are borrowing more than three elements directly, then you are in danger of being seen as a copycat. If you like the title font, color use and cropping of the pictures, try using a different layout arrangement and title. If the paper catches your eye, do something completely new and different with it. This may not seem like a big deal if you don’t plan on entering a layout in a contest or displaying it online, but practicing adaptations like these will make you a more creative (and more confident) scrapbooker.

3.         Do give credit where credit is due. If you are posting your page on an online forum, and were inspired by another person’s layout, let the community know! As long as you haven’t outright copied, the original person is sure to be flattered. Who doesn’t like a little celebrity?

4.         Don’t scraplift until you’ve asked yourself a few questions. Analyze the layout and ask yourself what you really like about it. What draws your attention to the page? Is it the contrast between the size of the photo and the title? Is it the additional touches like rivets and ribbon? If you can identify what elements are speaking to you, you might not need to copy at all. In the past, when I’ve taken the time to analyze why I’m drawn to a particular layout, I’ve discovered a way to make that same element totally me and totally original. It’s worth a shot!

I found myself in a "scraplift" situation recently when I was on the SwissgirlDesigns blog and totally fell in love with Rahel's "Cookie TV" layout.  I loved the paper monsters she made, and I also liked the look of the layout.  So I used inspiration from her page, and did a page of my favourite little man.  I then posted the challenge to scraplift to the very talented ladies on the JoSoCrafty DT.

Feast your eyes on these!!!


"So Happy" inspired by the layout below from
Australian Scrapbook Creations - Vol No: 68. The pic was by Julianne McKenna-DeLumen


"2008" inspired by the layout below from


"My Family" inspired by
Scrapbook Challenges by Pamela Young


Inspired by
Pinkpaislee - Leena


"With All My Heart" inspired by
Swissgirldesigns by Rahel Menig

Please share your scraplift page with us by mailing a low resolution picture to  Please include either the link to the page you have scraplifted, or a copy of the original.

Keep Creating


1 comment:

  1. oh my goodness, great work :D and what a surprise to see my layout scraplifted :D whan an honor :D
    xoxo, rahel :)