Purging out layouts that just didn't make the grade

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Posted 10/2/2012 by comfy in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 276,065
September 2006
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Posted: 10/2/2012 11:02:05 PM
Hi all,

I am purging out layouts that I have been holding on to for far too long.

You know the ones that have wrong colors(like from a class) or cheap paper and embellishments( like when you were just getting started).

I don't think I am the only one doing this.

Also,I am "finishing" the ones that need just a little more or not finishing because I pooped out/lost interest,etc.

Now the bigger challenge is to find pictures and then put into albums

Anyone else like to "fess up"?


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Posted: 10/2/2012 11:46:34 PM
well, I think the term "fess up" is weird, as it implies hiding something.

I have MANY layouts I made earlier in my scrapbooking that I just don't like. I created just to create instead of focusing on the story I wanted to tell and the meaning behind the photos. There are many things I'd like to rescrap. My scrapbook albums have been packed away, so I can't get to them, but once I can again I'll certainly be dismantling layouts I don't like anymore and will rescrap them in a more meaningful way.

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PeaNut 276,065
September 2006
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Posted: 10/2/2012 11:53:31 PM
Maybe I should say add comments instead of "fess up".


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Posted: 10/3/2012 4:14:20 AM
I know what you mean about "fessing up" Comfy, I've come across scrappers who are adament that pages should be left alone even if you hate them. I've heard the preaching and seen the eye rolls toward those who remake. They seem to want to make you feel guilty, and I've seen ladies who won't admit to it because they don't want the snide attitude.

I have no problem owning up to it - I've remade several of my earlier pages and have no qualms or guilt about it. As to those condescending types - they don't intimidate me, and if they think I've done the wrong thing - tough toenails for them. I have not been sorry for any of my remakes.

I have kept my very first page though, as a permantent reminder of how terrible my style (or lack of it) was back then. It's not in an album - maybe I'll frame it.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:04:44 AM
I've done pages and albums over since I started scrapping. This is my hobby, so I scrap for the joy it gives me. It doesn't give me joy to look at LOs I dislike or from a class I took that was awful and I walked away with terrible LOs and they do not represent my talent or interest, no way are those pages staying in my books. I couldn't care less about remembering my progression in scrapbooking. There are many famous artists who painted over their bad art work on canvas, they moved on and perfected their craft, that's what I am about. Perfecting my craft.


PeaNut 261,868
May 2006
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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:40:27 AM
What are you doing with the journaling on the layouts you are throwing away?

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Posted: 10/3/2012 6:08:15 AM
i have a binder full of pages from classes I didn't like don't like....sometimes I leaf through and chuckle at them....but too lazy for more than that¡



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January 2006
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Posted: 10/3/2012 6:15:44 AM
I'm doing that with some of my earlier layouts bc many of them had no story yep I didn't think to do that when i first started now I am. Some of them were so bad that I had to i didn't like them at all and want to use pattern papers. When i first started, I had no clue how to use papers at all. after doing this and watching everyone I learned what my style is and how i want to do.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 6:41:11 AM
I just did that this weekend. I've got single albums for each year (only 3 years so far), but the first year was mostly 8.5x11 pages in a 8.5x11 album size. There were, however, a few 12x12 pages I made for that year and they were in a random postbound album. It bugged me that they weren't together with the rest of the layouts from that year and the postbound album didn't match the rest of the years.

So I took those 12x12 layouts and if I could trim them down to 8.5x11 without messing with the look/proporations, I did that. Otherwise, I just took off the photos and rescrapped them on newer pp. I just re-wrote the existing journaling.

I was also motivated to do this because those first 12x12 pages that I did were made with terrrrrrrrrrible quality michaels paper that I really really hated. I'm much happier now that they've joined the rest of their year in a tidy 8.5x11 size.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 6:48:58 AM
You're certainly not the only one. I'd rather keep the stuff that really works for me rather than feel obligated to keep every single thing I've ever pasted together. Sometimes stuff just doesn't work or doesn't past the test of time. I don't have every piece of construction paper I glittered in kindergarten, and I see it as a *bit* similar.

I talked about it a bit on an episode of the Paperclipping Roundtable. I think it was this episode.

I have a bit of a holding zone too, for maybes. Sometimes I'll be going through rearranging an album to find a flow and something doesn't fit there but it's not a definite no... maybe it could be reworked with more writing or something and fit appropriately somewhere else. So I have a holding album for miscellaneous pages like that. It works well for me because I go through my albums constantly so things don't just go there to be forgotten... I'm guessing that wouldn't work well with everyone's process, but I thought I would mention it in case it sparks a solution for anyone.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 7:12:21 AM
I am a little bit confused. Are you talking about layouts that have no pictures on them? I don't have any layouts like that.

I redo layouts often, if they make me cringe or want to quickly turn the page. But I don't have any class or project type layouts to purge.

If they are nice but just not your style, maybe you can donate some of them.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:02:20 AM
I consider myself the curator of my scrapbook albums, so if something just doesn't belong for whatever reason, it goes. I have Shimelle to thank for this point of view. Both the class she taught at True Scrap and her recent online class, Cover to Cover, were very helpful and influential.


PeaNut 276,065
September 2006
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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:20:03 AM
Some of the layouts I am referring to are just like one sided or flimsy. Donate them? eh well it's better if i just recycle them..I have no one interested in my hand-me-downs..

Shimelle, I am going to watch your video right now..thanks to all for comments too.
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PeaNut 113,955
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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:40:02 AM
Once a page makes it to my album, it's going to stay there. BUT...there have been a few layouts that just sit waiting to be put away that just didn't work out in a way I liked which I ended up throwing away. I can handle an "eh" page but if I don't like it, there's no reason for me to keep it.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:44:13 AM
I look back at some layouts and think wow I so did not do that picture(s) justice..but for right now there are no plans to redo them..it's on my bucket list though.

But I am trying to finish albums..those ones that are missing a layout or two, or perhaps the journaling, etc.

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PeaNut 106,912
September 2003
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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:08:55 AM
The ones that I get stuck and don't finish are in my ((((Box Of Shame)))))
Sometimes I go back redo or finish the layout sometimes I just throw them away. I also sometime have to remake some layouts cuz I used TOMBOW and Generic Walmart Tombow like that basically disintegrated. Those I'm changing stuff If I don't like it cuz they are separated anyways.
I also scrapbooked only copies when I started that I had to take out and scan later for other projects or family or school events. Those went to the box of shame "cuz paper got broke" .
"Fess up"? Yeah sometimes. So I go to BOS do a couple of layouts...if inspired. Once I feel funky I go back to new projects.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:57:37 AM
I kept my very first pages which are 8.5 by 11 and on thin Susan Branch paper (circa 2004) that went with an album someone gave me after my oldest dd was born.

Between 2004 and the end of 2008 I scrapped a little here and there but was still figuring out what I was doing so those pages were awful, on cheap paper and most went into the redo pile since they made me cringe. Most did not have journalling.

Since 2009 when I really got into scrapping and figured out what I was doing I don't have many layouts that I absolutely hate so I probably won't redo much unless the page falls apart.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 11:04:11 AM
I have been scrapping over 16 years & honestly, I only have one page that I am not happy with ~ but it is already in an album, so it will stay there ~ I have too many other pix to scrap, so I don't have time/desire to redo a layout.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 11:10:47 AM
I"m doing the same thing. I have several layouts that were made in classes or from kits (remember those Hall of Fame kits from QVC?) They just aren't my style and since some of them aren't even put together yet, or they don't have pictures on them, I'm getting rid of them. I emptied out a whole box of layouts that I know I won't use anymore.

Layouts that I did years ago that already have pictures on them and are in albums, so far I'm leaving them there. I do sorta cringe when I see them since I think they are now not anywhere near my style, but I have so many other unscrapped pictures I just can't take them and start redoing them. Maybe someday, if I ever get caught up. (like that is ever going to happen)

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Posted: 10/3/2012 11:12:24 AM
Certainly no secret on this end lol, I don't mind telling people I redo, and there are layouts that I have taken the photos off and just thrown the rest out (have a couple out right now that are going that direction, mind one of them has flood damage from Iowa, the other was done in 2003 and I hate it lol).

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Posted: 10/3/2012 11:23:44 AM
I wouldn't say that I "purge" the old layouts... I redo them. I take a photo of the old layout, print it off as a 6x6 and put it in a pocket at the back of the new layout with a tab on the top that says "original". When you look through my albums, if there is a tab at the top of a layout, pull it and you'll get a photo of the old one that I felt "did't make the grade". I love this because I don't have pages in my albums that I hate, but can still see old pages that I have created.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 11:47:28 AM
I started scrapping 15+ years ago, so there are a few "less then desireable" pages, but I don't think I'd re-do them. I have way to much to get caught up on to think about going back to re-do pages I've done already. I'm just happy to have them done and the memories from the pictures are what I look at... Maybe someday when I'm "caught" up I'll change my mind.....I don't begrudge anyone redoing pages. It's all up to the individual person and that's the great thing about scrapping there is no wrong way or no right way to keep your memories.


PeaNut 123,540
January 2004
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Posted: 10/3/2012 2:37:04 PM
I have a bunch of photos I scrapped just when scrapping started to become popular. They are just on colored paper (not even cardstock) and on some of them I cut out freehand little shapes, etc. to go on the page. They were my grandmother's photos so even though the style then was to cut them into shapes, I never did that, I just cut a shaped frame and put it over the intact picture. Someday, I would like to go back and redo those pages. But right now, I don't even have the time to do the new pages I need to get done.

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February 2003
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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:51:44 PM
I very rarely purge layouts. Actually I am in the process of purging some sheets of unused paper, and even that is scary to me.

But, as for my layouts, I enjoy the process, but first of all, would not relish the thought of having to part with a finished layout. That would mean 1) Redoing photos to scrap, 2) Either redoing an entire album so that the styles are not glaringly different from when I first did them or 2)Living with a glaring difference. And 3), I still use thin paper and sometimes embellishments cut from hand out of the thin paper if I see paper I like.

As for "wrong colors," I am a little anal about that, but my idea of "right colors" used to entail picking a color scheme based on the color someone was wearing, and now I have this web app that lets you come up with many different color possibilities, so I usually have no trouble finding some kind of photo to fit the scheme on those layouts where I do start with the color first.

I might be a little more likely to purge the layouts where I start with something other than the photos, since I might be rescrapping photos if I want it to work out a different way. But even then, only if I absolutely hate the new layout.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:55:09 PM
Nope, I've never done it...once it has a photo on the page, it makes it into my books. I even have the very first page I ever made and from my POV it is awful but my kids LOVE it.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 6:01:16 PM
Never done that. I don't mind seeing the progression of my layouts. I can honestly say I like everything I've done in the last 43 years with my scrapbooking.
I can see how I've grown through my layouts. Not me physically but artistically

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