I have my mojo but have no style..
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HoneyBee13
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Posted: 1/14/2013 7:12:46 PM
I really love to scrap but after looking at 48 of my layouts, I realized that I only like 4. I want to redo the other 44. But, I don't know MY style because I have scrap lifted from magazines or used templates.
It's so sad to have only done 48layouts and want to scrap them and start over and immediately go to one of Glitter Girls videos to scrap lift.
I would appreciate any help, TIA
Melissa

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Posted: 1/14/2013 7:42:42 PM
I would do them over. Find the papers and products you want to use and just redo them so you are happy with them. Redo layouts can come together really quickly with the right products.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 7:43:03 PM
It takes awhile to find your own style. There's nothing wrong with scraplifting, especially Glitter Girl. Just have fun...it really is NOT a contest!


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Posted: 1/14/2013 7:51:49 PM
Figure out what you really like about the 4 you do like, and what you dislike about the others, then maybe you can get a bit closer to determining your style.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 8:03:41 PM
Thanks, I am sitting here panicking but all of you make so much synch. Thank you.
Time to start over.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 8:37:20 PM
I have been scrapping for 16 years and I STILL scraplift and use sketches all the time.




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Posted: 1/14/2013 9:02:51 PM
Phew! I'm not the only one. Lol

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Posted: 1/14/2013 9:48:00 PM
Unless these LOs tell the most precious stories, I would not redo them. Maybe you an store them in a "this is when I had no style" scrapbook. That way all your creative energy will be fresh and new.

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Posted: 1/15/2013 7:33:36 AM
This is a good idea, but there is no journaling, on any of my layouts. For a long time I thought the picture told the story not the journaling.

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Posted: 1/15/2013 7:33:36 AM
This is a good idea, but there is no journaling, on any of my layouts. For a long time I thought the picture told the story not the journaling.

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Posted: 1/15/2013 7:47:05 AM
Maybe you can add a touch of journaling to the already made page, or an insert of some type behind the page (just leave a not on the front inside cover to check in the page protectors, that is what I do with my memorabilia) I scrap alot of landscape photos, and I don't journal about everyone, in those cases I do think the photo speaks for itself. I do alot of pages with just names and dates, and some with just dates, like kids school photos etc. Since everyone has there own sets of albums I am sure they can figure out it is them - LOL

If you really want to try a re-do - pick the page you like the very least and try it. If it feels good when you have completed it go to the next and so on.

Good luck, whatever you choose to do.

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Posted: 1/15/2013 7:52:49 AM
I don't think it matters whether or not you scraplift, but the fact that you only like 4 out of 48 layouts would be upsetting. Did you pick layouts you thought were trendy to scraplift? Did you like the actual layouts you scraplifted?

One thing that might be the problem is that something about the scraplift didn't work as well with your particular photos.

Personally, I find it easier to do my own thing instead of copying someone else's page. I start with my photos on a plain background so I can figure out how I want the pictures to go. Then I decide which pictures I might want to crop. I then add patterned papers, etc.

I don't glue anything down till I'm sure I like it enough.

My pages sort of evolve. But I don't feel a need to re-do any of them.


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Posted: 1/15/2013 7:57:09 AM
Just another opinion: You find your style by doing....practice, practice, practice. So I wouldn't redo those pages. They're part of your body of work! Just keep going, and your style will emerge as you keep working on new projects.

And like someone else said, it's not a contest - have fun!



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Posted: 1/15/2013 8:02:06 AM
I agree with Rebecca above me....practice is what will make your style emerge! When I go back and look at my earliest albums I cringe; photos cut into cute shapes (not just circles...hearts, octogons, stars!).

Just keep moving forward and I think that this time next year you will look back and see real improvements.

BTW: I've been scrapping for 14 years and I still use sketches and scraplift! It's ok...


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Posted: 1/15/2013 8:05:27 AM
You are not alone!
Out of the majority of layouts I've done - I can honestly say I'm only completely happy with maybe 3 or 4 of them.

Everyone has these moments. I've looked back at some of my albums and have literally ripped apart the layouts I didn't like (in hopes of redoing them). Guess what! ...It only put me that much more behind.

Trends change. The embellishments and papers we love now will end up going out of style next year. In the end - when your family is looking at your album...they are going to think it's beautiful. In years to come, when you decide to look back, you won't be comparing your layouts to other's. Instead you will find that you actually do love that layout you thought you hated.

Do yourself a favor and look at some of Shimelle's old layouts.
They are lovely but she had her 'beginner' layouts too. Everyone has to start somewhere!



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Posted: 1/15/2013 8:26:13 AM
I have been scrapbooking for many many years and it took me a long time to find my style and I think I'm still looking for it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using layouts and sketches I'm a huge sketch user and scraplifter. Maybe you can ask yourself what it is that draws you to the pages you lift - is it the color? Composition? Products used? Techniques? This will help you in finding your style and once you know what it is you are looking for in other layouts you will find it and create it for yourself.


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Posted: 1/15/2013 10:38:52 AM
Thank you for the advice! I really dont know if I will re-do the layouts or not, but I will study them to see what I love about the 4 that i like. Thank you, Melissa

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Posted: 1/15/2013 10:47:31 AM

Figure out what you really like about the 4 you do like, and what you dislike about the others, then maybe you can get a bit closer to determining your style.


This was going to be my advice as well.


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Posted: 1/15/2013 11:51:06 AM
Your style will change and evolve. Go with it and just try a layout that you're going to scrap lift and make it you're own.


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Posted: 1/15/2013 5:27:06 PM
Don't pressure yourself too much.
Over the years I have seen my style evolve and sometimes even "go on vacation"....LOL!

Don't worry about lifting other ideas or using sketches. When you tweek them and try to make them your own, you will develop a style that is uniquely you.


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Posted: 1/15/2013 6:09:44 PM
This is something I do not worry about much. Some of my layouts, I like more than others, but for the most part, I'd have to spend a lot more money on supplies to make every layout seem "wow." Sometimes, I will be inspired to add something new to a layout I did months ago. (I refuse to change layouts more than one year old.) Sometimes, I have decided to, just for fun, rescrap photos I already have scrapped.(Those could be photos I scrapped 10 years ago, maybe.) And sometimes I end up liking the new layout better than the old one. Usually, I don't like the new one that much better.

Tearing up layouts just because I either never liked them or don't anymore? I really don't have the time or the scrapbooking budget to do that.



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Posted: 1/15/2013 8:13:13 PM
I hate all my oooold layouts.

I've recently started scrapping again and some ongoing health issues mean I'm too tired to try and come up with my own sketches so right now I'm scraplifting to ease my way back in.

Find someone whose style you love and go for it!

You mentioned GG and I've been lifting her sketches too. I have challenged myself to try and change at least one thing no matter how small to get those cogs turning again!

Try some of Shimelle's classes. I definitely will be taking some.

Figure out what exactly is it about your scrappy crushes that you love. I have found I love a lot of embellishment especially clusters. Then you can analyze gallery items you love better and break them down to suit you.

Also there are some older free classes about altering sketches. Called "stretch your sketch" or something along those lines.

Lastly, get yourself a giant bottle of Un-Du if you want to salvage any paper, photos or embellies from the pages you hate and you'll be able to pull them apart with minimal or no damage and a lot of patience. Un-Du is my best friend!!!


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Posted: 1/15/2013 8:21:21 PM
I agree with NOT TO REDO. I have been scrapbooking for almost 12 years on and off. When I look back at the albums I made for my daughters when they were little I just CRINGE! It makes me feel really good though about how far I've come. I look at the Galleries all the time and watch the videos when I can - they really keep me motivated and give me sublimal ideas (I swear) when I'm scrapbooking. I also try and save my favorite layouts on Pinterest. Thay way I have one gallery to go to and I can look at them on my phone anytime.



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Posted: 1/15/2013 9:32:48 PM
I think it's a mistake to redo your layouts. If you think you don't have a style of your own, what's the point? What makes you think you would like your re-done layouts either? Just keep on scrapping until YOUR own style emerges.

It took me many years to accept - and appreciate - that my style is mostly simple scrapping. I love my photos and want to emphasize THEM, not random patterned papers or dozens of embellishments. I've tried different trends but never liked any of them. I love watching GG videos, and I've learned a lot from her about basic things such as design principles, but her style is the polar opposite of mine, so copying her layouts would make me end up not liking my own pages. And I've tried using sketches (even bought kits) from Scrapbook Generation, but they don't work for me either.

Do what feels and looks right for YOU.

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Posted: 1/15/2013 10:52:57 PM
I went to a crop and was showing someone the pages I had done that day, and she told me she liked my style. I think she called it clean and simple. I was so excited that somebody thought I had a style!


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Posted: 1/16/2013 1:04:43 AM
Hmmmm...interesting. I've done over 1000 LOs in the last couple of years and I'm not sure I could say "I have a style." I'm very eclectic and although I can see how my techniques have evolved over time, (one of the reasons I don't scrap chronologically so all LOs get mixed up instead of from bad to better). I've done many challenges, scraplifts, sketches, technique challenges along the way and though I may not necessarily chose a particular technique, I do try to make it my own page regardless. I have only a handful of pages I really find distasteful to me but I haven't redone those. I figure I just keep moving forward, scrap as many photos and tell as many stories as I can. Not every page has to be a masterpiece.

But if you're trying to determine "your style" perhaps bookmarking pages from the gallery that you are drawn to will help you discern what style of scrapping appeals to you most and then use those pages as your inspiration.

Whether you redo or not, scrapping IMO is about enjoying the process sd I hope you enjoy that and keep scrapping.

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Posted: 1/16/2013 8:37:51 AM

Just another opinion: You find your style by doing....practice, practice, practice. So I wouldn't redo those pages. They're part of your body of work! Just keep going, and your style will emerge as you keep working on new projects.

And like someone else said, it's not a contest - have fun!


I agree ^^^ I struggled for a while to find my style and still haven't completely found it. When I look back at my older LO's I might cringe a little, but in the end they are really not that bad. And I remember how much fun I had making them at that time.

To find your style, like some else said, look at the 4LO's you love and figure out what it is about them that is different from the rest. Is it the photos? the papers? a technique? Also, one of our garden girls, Melissa Stinson, has an amazing series of blog posts about finding your style. It has helped me tremendously. Here is a link to her series (start from the bottom post first)
Style Reboot




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Posted: 1/16/2013 9:38:41 AM
I am one scrapper that loves all her own pages now.....I had one that just had to be ripped up and done anew. I have been doing this for about 9 years now and see that I might go back and add journaling or another embellie but the basic design is good.

That being said, I still use sketches or scraplift from others. I figure why re-invent the wheel so to speak, when I can put my spin on the sketch or scraplift that makes it mine. I look at these things as tools...to be used when needed. Now I have a set of steps I use when making a layout that are second nature. If I want to add just a bit of something, I go to galleries and look and am usually inspired to make an embellishment or to add more journaling. I love using these tools so I have more time for the other fun parts.


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Posted: 1/16/2013 9:49:35 AM
I say don't dwell on those past layouts...surge onward! Your style will emerge. Try drawing out some of your own sketches beforehand maybe. I've found that really helps me. And be prepared for your style to evolve the more you scrap.


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