Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com; by Lisa Carroll

There is inspiration all around us, whether it is in magazines, online galleries or blogs. But have you ever used your own layouts for inspiration? I think it is an excellent idea, and not only will it save you time and frustration, it can help you refine your scrapbooking style. The way I see it, if you do something on a layout and it works great, why not use it again. Some of you may be hesitant to do this because you are concerned that all your layouts will look the same. But remember you don't have to scraplift every element. Just use it as a starting point, or choose one or two elements. Your pages won't end up looking like the same, I promise!

Here are some steps to get you started:

  1. Grab a pencil and some paper.
  2. Open your online gallery or albums.
  3. Make a note of elements or techniques that you feel worked really well, for example, a favorite journaling technique, or the way you tied a ribbon. Be sure to keep this list handy and refer back to it often.
  4. See a whole design you like and draw a quick sketch of it, or pull out the layout and use it as a starting point for your next layout.

Beat the Heat and Vroom Vroom

I love the positioning of the patterned paper in the first layout. So for the second one, I did the same thing but switched it around just a bit. I also hid the journaling and moved the title into the journaling position. Even though one of the basic elements remained the same, as you can see in the picture below, the layouts look different.

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King Messy Face and Your Big Gift

One of my favorite techniques is to use three photos, placing two in one column and one in another. I use it on a lot of my layouts, including the first layout in the above example. But to keep the overall look fresh, I altered the size of the photos, used different patterned papers, and changed the positioning of all the elements.

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Tired Little Boy and Learning to Ride

I love the simple design of the first layout below, so I decided to use it again for a digital layout. In the second layout I changed the size of the boxes and substituted a journaling box for one of the pictures. I also added an element in the middle to tie the four squares together.

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Remember you don't need to reinvent the wheel every time you create a layout. If I did, I would never get through the mountains of photos I have to scrap. So embrace the things you love from your previous layouts, and use them again and again. Trust me; they won't all look the same- unless of course you copy every single element exactly, down to the paper.

 

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