Username Post: How do I get started        (Topic#1594891)
chinagirl
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chinagirl

I am new to scrapping and when I see the beautiful layouts on here and on pinterest I get so intimidated. I have no idea where to start or how to start. My husband bought me a big shot and I was so thirlled then I realized I have no idea what to do with it...LOL Last year I bought the Blossoms and Butterflies pack to scrap my daughters firt year, I did a layout last night and it looked "okay" just not what I wanted it to look like. I am just at a loss. Does anyone have any advice?


 
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Just don't be intimated by what you see here. Remember that every one of these great creative ladies started with a first layout. For starters, you might want to pick up a set of alphabet dies for your Big Shot so you can cut your own letters in whatever color you want. There are a lot of alphabet styles available out there by Sizzix. Look through the gallery here for ideas and check out the videos both here and on YouTube for ideas with your Big Shot. Welcome to the group - it's addicting!


 
chinagirl
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Thank you Dwelch


 
bonprof
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Everything takes time. Be patient with yourself and have fun in the proces. You are right where you are supposed to be.


 
andrea m
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In response to bonprof

I suggest sketches. When I started paper placement and ideas were a big challenge. There are sketches on this site, pinterest and all over. They are great for giving you a building block to start with.


 
chinagirl
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Thank you. The 12x12 pages are a little intimidating to me because I feel as though I need to fill up the whole page. Thank you for the words of wisdom to be patient.


 
chinagirl
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It's funny you mention that Andrea, I have a ton of sketches. I guess I need to stop and take a breather and pick a sketch and go from there. Thank you.


 
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Your welcome. Just have fun and enjoy yourself. Part of the fun of this hobby to me is that I am always learning and growing in my craft.


 
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I have used Blossoms and Butterflies for a number of layouts for my daughter's toddler album. Many of those pages have designs that you can use as embellishments (like the pink and green pages with the giant metallic swirls on them.) When I used those papers I didn't do much more than add pictures, title and journaling because the paper did the rest for me.


 
RedSquirrel UK
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Hi and welcome!

Nobody gets to designer standard overnight, but you will get there. Start at the beginning and keep challenging yourself. The first time I scrap-lifted a LO that I loved but never thought I could possibly copy, was when I produced one of my first favourite LOs. I learned about layering and proportion from it, and that was a huge lesson.

And while you're learning, enjoy the journey. That's the most important part.


 
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It takes time and really the more pages you create the more comfortable you will feel. So I suggest just diving in. There are so many great tutorials out there with blogs and a youtube I would take advantage of them all. They really can be helpful.


 
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If I had to do it all over again I would tell someone new to buy a collection that you really like and the matching embellishments. Cut your papers and apply your embellishments. Go a step further and check out the LO's here at Sb.com using those papers.
That should help get your creative juices flowing.
Welcome this is a great group.


 
bonprof
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Also try using two or three photos on your page. You might see a lot of pages with just one photo. You don't have to follow that trend.


 
idlewoman
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When I started I felt the same way. I put my first paper in front of me, laid my pictures down, and said, "Just what I thought, I have no idea what to do!" That was about 5 or 6 years ago. To make things easier I used sketches and looked at tons of LOs on this site. I marked the ones I liked and imitated them. I still do that when I get stuck. There is no wrong or right-just do a page until it makes you smile. Then you know you are done. And remember to ENJOY it.


 
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Welcome!

If you truly are a beginner, sign up for the learn to scrap class right here: Learn to Scrapbook course

You will get regular emails with tips.

And like the others said, we all start somewhere, we find what we like and we check out the gallery for inspiration. If you like something, ask the artist about a certain technique, etc.


 
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What you might want to try is to find something you like and try to copy it. It's called Scraplifting and that's how you can get some layout you like. Just play and put paper down with pictures till you learn what you like. Everyone has their own style and you learn your style by playing.


 
chinagirl
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I have finished 4 layouts. The 12x12 pattern was too busy for me, so I cut the sheet into 4 6x6 layouts. I like how they turned out, but I would love some feedback. Thank you ladies. Oh, I am going to add her name to them as well so not quite finshed


Edited by chinagirl on 03-19-14 03:49 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
bonprof
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They turned out really cute!! You might want to mat your photos; it helps them pop.


 
RedSquirrel UK
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In response to bonprof

Yes I agree about the matting, although don't change those - they're lovely. What a little cutie she is!


 
Frau_Cooney
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Very nice! I like the 6x6 format. You can showcase a single photo, but not have a huge page to design. I also love seeing how you used the same papers I used, but in a different and smaller format!


 
chinagirl
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In response to Frau_Cooney

Thank you so much for the great feedback. Next round I will try the matting.


 
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First of all,,,,it takes practice. For all those gorgeous designs out there, you'd probably be shocked at what their FIRST looked like

I'm more of a card maker,,,,,but my first card was the ugliest thing I've ever seen,,,,,,now many years later, they are quite acceptable

Practice.

Second of all, remember a couple things,,,,,

1) the longer you craft, the more STUFF you collect,,,,product makes a huge difference in your ability to produce a master piece. When I first started, everything I owned could fit in a shoe box. Now I'm bulging at the seams, I have many many choices in paper, dies, embellishments, stamps, etc etc etc,,,,,the more stuff you have, the easier it is to make gorgeous stuff,,,,,

and 2) a lot of those stunning LO's and cards you see are made by people on design teams,,,,,,,when you're on design teams, you get a lot of that product I mentioned above,,,,,for free. Of course, it does take talent to get on a DT, I'm not minimizing that,,,,but still,,free stuff certainly helps.

don't compare yourself to anyone BUT yourself,,,,,you'll see a lot of improvements over the next year!!!!


 
chinagirl
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Thank you for the wonderful advice CommaHolly. I have so many ideas in my head and things I want to try, but one thing at a time Increasing my products like you said would probably help get my creative juices flowing


 
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In response to Frau_Cooney

i'm a beginner too (been doing this since February)
and the key things i needed to remind myself of when i was feeling intimidated is.

1. I'm only starting
2. I can learn from these amazing layouts
3. Just do it. (no i'm not being a nike add but I've come to where i am now, which i think is leaps and bounds ahead of where i started, by just getting in there and doing it, making mistakes, learning that they can be fixed)
4. have fun

oh and youtube is a great place to learn things, i spent all day yesterday watching people 'distress' their projects.


 
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Your first pages look better than mine did, trust me!!! I will give you this advice:

1. don't get caught up in it being "right" just do what you want!
2. Try some sketches, other peoples and your own! When I have ideas in my head, I make my own little sketch. It's nothing fancy, sometimes just scratched on the back of a sheet of paper, but it helps me bring my vision to life.
3. I love these books called Page Patterns. I love them because they have TONS of sketches that are organized by number of photos.
4. I think it is really hard to cram a lot of photos on a page and make it look good. Some people do it, and sometimes I do pages with lots of photos. But I find three to be the easiest. Unless, I want to be elaborate.
5. Try a challenge. Dont' be scared! People are REALLY nice and it will give you a set little list of techniques to try, colors to try, items to use. Sometimes it is nice to have someone narrow that down for you (esp. when you first start out).
6. Youtube videos of people creating pages are GREAT as well as product videos. For instance, if you want to know what a certain product does, pop it in Youtube. Chances are someone shows ways to use it. I've learned so much that way!


 
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