Rude awakening...

Two Peas is Closing
Click here to visit our final product sale. Click here to visit our FAQ page regarding the closing of Two Peas.

Posted 1/15/2013 by summerbellies in General Scrappin'

Drama Pea

PeaNut 70,463
February 2003
Posts: 10,366
Layouts: 161
Loc: Pea-ing from Orlando, Fl.

Posted: 1/15/2013 9:46:55 PM
I know I've been out if the game but looking at my LO amidst the awesome work in the gallery makes me feel "BLARG" to quote Liz Lemon.

I really hope to pull together a better sense of my own style with the current stuff. I looove layering, I just haven't figured out how to make it work for me.

After a five year break, I'm back baby!!! Now help Bellies get her Groove back....
Uploaded with iPhone client


PeaNut 58,762
December 2002
Posts: 4,567
Layouts: 339
Loc: Humboldt,TN

Posted: 1/15/2013 9:57:33 PM
The Garden Girls have awesome daily videos with tips and inspiration-I'd start with the Glitter Girl videos, and you'll be layering like a champ in no time!
And remember-there is no stress in scrapbooking! It is not a contest-you are recording memories for your family, and that is what is important! In several years, they will not care how many dollars you spent on a sheet of paper or embellishments, but that you got that picture of Grandma Judy and little Susie together before Grandma passed away,etc.

In my Camera bag:
Canon T1I DSLR
18-55mm kit lens
55-250 IS zoom lens
50mm 1.8 lens

Visit my blogs at:

scrappinmargie (for all things Crafty)

MargieV Photography (for my Photography journey)


PeaNut 302,915
March 2007
Posts: 16
Layouts: 1
Loc: Maryland

Posted: 1/15/2013 10:00:15 PM
I understand what u mean. I have struggled with this and really haven't scrapped much this past year. What I did do I feel that I have come into my own. What works for me. It reflexs my personal style and compliments my everyday style.

Don't want to waste a minute ~Nancy


PeaNut 226,382
October 2005
Posts: 1,577
Layouts: 39
Loc: New England

Posted: 1/15/2013 10:00:15 PM
hang out in the gallery and design team boards - you'll pick it up again in no time


PeaNut 226,382
October 2005
Posts: 1,577
Layouts: 39
Loc: New England

Posted: 1/15/2013 10:00:29 PM
@ margievis - Totally agree!!


PeaNut 281,136
October 2006
Posts: 2,262
Layouts: 6
Loc: DFW, TX

Posted: 1/15/2013 10:05:26 PM
Not only is it not a competition, but I've seen some people mention that they're intimidated by the gallery and would like to see a wider range of skills and styles. (I do what I can to bring the bar down.)

And as was mentioned, think about WHY you are doing this in the first place - creating and following trends are fun for me, but take a back seat to preserving the stories and memories!

Uploaded with iPhone client


PeaNut 574,604
December 2012
Posts: 3,746
Layouts: 0

Posted: 1/15/2013 10:24:15 PM
Most hobbies require practice and scrapbooking is no exception. Luckily, unless you're using super expensive embellishments or not using super expensive tools, the hobby doesn't have to be that expensive to practice. So push and cut and layer that paper and if you don't like the way it looks, toss it out and try something else.

I'd also say that the only competition in this hobby should be with the vision in your head.


PeaNut 517,189
August 2011
Posts: 730
Layouts: 271
Loc: Georgia

Posted: 1/15/2013 10:28:50 PM
Seriously, do not compare yourself to others. Use what you see for inspiration but comparing yourself to others will just make you feel bad. I know, because I have gotten caught in this many times! And it will only KEEP you from creating.

I agree with what everyone else is saying - you are creating for you and your family. Do what you like and do not get discouraged by what you see. Have FUN with it!!! That is so important.

Drama Pea

PeaNut 70,463
February 2003
Posts: 10,366
Layouts: 161
Loc: Pea-ing from Orlando, Fl.

Posted: 1/15/2013 10:29:11 PM
Totally- thanks ladies it just got a little overwhelming a frustrating today trying to make it all work.
Not that I'm ultimately disappointed with it as a whole, because I do like the composition and I've always drawn on my lo's- - I must spend a small fortune in black journaling pens.
But you're right- it's not a competition. And my Dh always says he loves them lol!

After a five year break, I'm back baby!!! Now help Bellies get her Groove back....
Uploaded with iPhone client

caz hancock

PeaNut 451,123
January 2010
Posts: 1,233
Layouts: 43
Loc: New Zealand

Posted: 1/15/2013 10:48:32 PM
I love layering and it is something i never was able to pull off, i took a class at SC run by Jen Jockish, i tell you if you want to learn how to layer just go lift some of her layouts, you will pick it up in no time

Happy Scrapping


PeaNut 560,243
July 2012
Posts: 80
Layouts: 6

Posted: 1/16/2013 2:46:58 AM
Just remember that everyone's style is different and be proud of your style. I have found that watching lots of videos has helped me with techniques that I otherwise would never try!


PeaNut 560,243
July 2012
Posts: 80
Layouts: 6

Posted: 1/16/2013 2:48:39 AM
Also, wanted to add, just went and looked at your recent upload and it is just great! Love the title and the layering of your papers.


PeaNut 556,456
June 2012
Posts: 1,015
Layouts: 2

Posted: 1/16/2013 4:09:51 AM
It says you haven't scrapped in five years. Give yourself a break, woman! Even if this layout looked like straight up horse manure you would have a good excuse, and it doesn't. If you feel like it isn't how you wanted it to turn out, or that your style needs some polishing, just keep practicing.

Maybe try a sketch! The aforementioned Glitter Girl's trusty sidekick, the mild mannered Shimelle Laine, posts some on her her blog and she is great at layering.

About eight months ago I decided to clean out my office enough to be able to reach my craft table and pulled out my card making supplies after about five years of disuse. Those first few cards were embarrassing! I am still finding my groove but I think they look better all the time and it is because of practice and absorbing the work of designers I love.

In short, that layout is bright and colorful and incorporates a bunch of great picture and the perfect title. Don't give up and realize you are your own worst critic. Give that inner artist a little love!
Uploaded with iPhone client

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 160,610
August 2004
Posts: 6,482
Layouts: 90

Posted: 1/16/2013 5:44:39 AM
I really don't pay attention to the Gallery that much anymore, because style is so different from mine. I look for people who scrap like me or who share my interests, I leave the other artists to others to admire.

Sarah Webb

PeaNut 252,062
March 2006
Posts: 1,413
Layouts: 379
Loc: Ontario, Canada

Posted: 1/16/2013 6:15:48 AM
Lots of terrific advice! There's lots of really nice people floating around the boards and lots of great blogs to visit. Once you track down a few spots where you feel you fit in style-wise, it will get easier! Have fun! (Hey -I am a simple scrapper, and still am through several evolutions of layering, in all its forms! )

@Margievis -love what you said!

Sarah W.

My Blog

Proud to design for:
Pink Paislee
Jillibean Soup


PeaNut 217,769
August 2005
Posts: 1,056
Layouts: 18
Loc: NY

Posted: 1/16/2013 7:06:30 AM
You sound like me a few years back. I was stuck in "Creative Memories" mode and was stunned when I bought scrapbooking magazines and what I saw online. It took a while for me to find my style, it's more of a simple style and you will too. Welcome back!


PeaNut 334,300
August 2007
Posts: 435
Layouts: 0

Posted: 1/16/2013 7:24:12 AM
I also hadn't scrapped in a long time and I felt a bit intimidated when I sat in front of the paper. What helped me a great deal was sketches. I'm a big fan of Becky Fleck and PageMaps. They are a really great starting point for cutting those first pieces of paper and photo placement. I've learned a lot about more expansive layering from the Garden Girls to help with the more basic layering in the Page Maps. I'm still learning about embellishment layering but I think that comes with time and what feels right to you. (and from watching lots of Glitter Girl videos!)

I also tell myself that it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful and if it was perfect, it would have been made by a machine.

Incidentally, these were the two things I would tell my Girl Scouts whenever we would do crafts. They had it stuck in their heads that their crafts were worthless if they weren't perfect. After a few months, it was wonderful to hear them tell one another my two mantras!

Living life on the left

PeaNut 69,081
February 2003
Posts: 7,959
Layouts: 1

Posted: 1/16/2013 7:30:32 AM
Since I stopped submitting, entering contests, etc, I do not worry about any of that. I still like my pages to be pleasing to me, but for me it is like going to a museum, admiring the art, and then going home and doodling something. I don't even look at them in the same category.

Just as I don't compare my day to day wardrobe with Project Runway. It's just a mindset rather than a mind trap.

My choice is to not take it personally - people have opinions. Particularly people here.-Peabay 12/29/11
I know this is assuming, but I'm really starting to think you are one of those "entitled" peas - Dalayney 4/2/12
When someone elects you Queen of Two Peas, then you can make the rules. - Sue_Pea 12/22/13
"Myboysnme,...I bow down to you, oh queen of the scrapping goodness" - Irish Eyes 3/9/14
"Myboysnme -- ... Whoa. I bow to thee." - Jill S 4/26/14

Drama Pea

PeaNut 70,463
February 2003
Posts: 10,366
Layouts: 161
Loc: Pea-ing from Orlando, Fl.

Posted: 1/16/2013 9:09:37 AM
You guys rock. Thank you so much for the advice and encouragement!
I definitely will check out Shimelles blog and Jen Jockish's lo's- for inspiration- I dragged a ton of my crap into work with me today and am going to attempt to finish a LO today between shows!
@NickiT83- thank you!!!

After a five year break, I'm back baby!!! Now help Bellies get her Groove back....
Uploaded with iPhone client


PeaNut 563,248
August 2012
Posts: 2,663
Layouts: 0
Loc: Florida

Posted: 1/16/2013 9:11:53 AM
I recently posted that I have most of layouts, my problem is that I watch quite a few talented ladies on youtube (some peas included) that can layer, embellish, and create the most beautiful layouts and I get intimidated when I go to create a layout.
I plan on spending some time this weekend cutting (without a trimmer)and layering. Practice makes perfect.

Don't shop...Adopt.

PeaNut 263,696
June 2006
Posts: 5,365
Layouts: 0
Loc: Home Sweet Home

Posted: 1/16/2013 9:12:45 AM
Well said tinkgumby.


While we may never
know the pain or
struggles of a rescue dog
the love they show
is unlike any other...

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 39,057
May 2002
Posts: 5,196
Layouts: 0
Loc: Texas

Posted: 1/16/2013 9:15:20 AM
One more vote for Shimelle's Glitter Girl videos or check out her blog and You tube videos.You will get tons of ideas for layering!



PeaNut 560,243
July 2012
Posts: 80
Layouts: 6

Posted: 1/16/2013 9:30:47 AM
Another thought... Try punching some border strips and tucking them under some edges, gives the illusion of layering but can be added and taken away easily while you decide what is balanced. Similar items such as tags can be used to do the same. Another tip is to either leave stickers on their backing or back them with cardstock and move them around the page and layer them up. You might find if you don't have to commit by gluing stuff down you will play more with layers and become more comfortable.
Uploaded with iPhone client

likes shiny things

PeaNut 114,614
November 2003
Posts: 22,668
Layouts: 499
Loc: Ontario, Canada

Posted: 1/16/2013 9:40:10 AM
Aw, I think *everyone* feels that way at some point! I know I do!
But what really matters is that YOU like your pages. You aren't anyone else so your layouts aren't going to look exactly like someone else's.

I started scrapbooking again after a three year break, and I was rusty! It took me a while to really settle back into a scrapbooking routine and figure out what was me again and what wasn't. And most of the time I realize that I still don't know this! Plus, scrapbooking had changed and I had changed, so not only was I rusty but I really did need to learn some things all over again. It was kind of like starting all over again fresh. Which was fun and good -- and EXCITING! there is nothing quite like the excitement of something new, or new-again.

So, like everyone else has said (because it really is excellent advice), just enjoy what you are doing and enjoy what you are making.

See things that shine on Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

Pea with a Pen

PeaNut 70,644
February 2003
Posts: 19,346
Layouts: 785
Loc: Southern California

Posted: 1/16/2013 12:58:03 PM
I think I do have a style. It's just not as layered, textured or trendy as what is popular and awesome.

Scrapn Nana
PEAring through my camera lens

PeaNut 272,954
August 2006
Posts: 8,491
Layouts: 26

Posted: 1/16/2013 2:42:06 PM
There are some amazing layouts in the gallery, but don't let them intimidate you, especially if you haven't been scrapping for awhile.

I do recommend watching Glitter Girl's Tricky Title video from last Wednesday. Even though her style is different from mine, she uses the same process putting a page together, which is what she shows in the video. It's a great tutorial for a lot more than just figuring out where to put a title. Here is a link:

How Glitter Girl Creates a Layout

Don't feel overwhelmed by the gallery. See what you like and let it inspire you. There is a lot that can inspire me, even though the layouts are a completely different style from mine.

My Scrapn' Blog

Photographers are violent people. First they frame you, then they shoot you, then they hang you on the wall; but if you're real good, they will scrapbook you!


PeaNut 116,261
November 2003
Posts: 25,809
Layouts: 102

Posted: 1/16/2013 3:02:34 PM
Welcome back! I'm sure you will quickly get your groove back.


May we be consumed with the Creator of all things rather than with things created.

6 rings - no cheating! Go STEELERS!

Holding a grudge is letting someone live rent-free in your head.


PeaNut 492,035
December 2010
Posts: 99
Layouts: 9
Loc: Vermont

Posted: 1/16/2013 3:26:18 PM
My layouts are more on the simple side and I haven't completely mastered the art of layering either. I have been scared to upload any of my layouts in this gallery because I feel mine will pale in comparison to the beautiful artwork that is in the gallery. I am hoping to upload the layout I am currently working on soon though, due to the changes in the customer loyalty policy. I want to earn back a discount, and participation in the gallery and here in discussions will be helpful in racking up points.

I miss my 10%


Unless some like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not. -Dr. Suess


PeaNut 463,295
April 2010
Posts: 4,172
Layouts: 3
Loc: New York City

Posted: 1/16/2013 4:07:37 PM
A gallery is not a yardstick for LOs, it's an inspiration tool. Instead of thinking "oh I can't scrap like that" use it to learn how to scrap like you want.
Go through the gallery and favorite/like about 10 pages. Then look at all the pages you just favorite side by side. What drew you to them? The white space? The misting? The multiple photos? The color choices? Awesome titlework? Basically, pick bits and pieces here and there. Write them down and take the list with you to scrap and then try to incorporate one or two things from the list onto your layout. Don't glue things down, move them around until you're satisfied. Who cares if it takes you 8 hours to do one. You'll get faster with practice.

And I want to mention that some of the most beautiful LOs I've seen I have no desire to recreate, but they still inspire me. I saw an amazing Prima canvas, that was so textured and detailed and full of flowers - so not my style of scrapping, but I loved the movement and the color scheme and used that on a LO. It looks nothing like the original, it's not meant to though. But the point is it inspired me. So relax and have fun!



PeaNut 504,615
April 2011
Posts: 2,067
Layouts: 404

Posted: 1/16/2013 4:28:47 PM
Scrapbooking is about preserving memories. It's a creative process if you want it to be. It's really up to you--don't get intimidated. ENJOY IT! Everyone here is so encouraging. Look at all the wonderful responses to your post.I'm still learning new techniques, playing around. Some I post, others I don't. But at the end of the day, I'm really happy that my memories are safe and sound and look really pretty.

As for learning techniques, try things out. Maybe layering isn't your thing--yet. It took me awhile. I love Shimelle now--but in the beginning she totally intimidated me. I love Shannon Tidwell's style and it inspires me. Nothing I do looks like she would make it. But I'm not here to imitate her nor do I have her mad skills. What's great about 2ps is that you can ask the community and Garden Girls questions and they answer. Seriously, when I started I couldn't get my ribbon to adhere nicely. Got great suggestions. Recently, it was wood veneers--at which point I have been introduced to Glossy Accents and now--well now I'm obsessed.

Seriously this is the best community/classroom EVER!
Show/Hide Icons . Show/Hide Signatures
{{ title }}
{{ icon }}
{{ body }}
{{ footer }}