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Posted 2/16/2013 by Jjmikrut143 in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 567,699
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Posted: 2/16/2013 7:21:01 PM
Does anyone use the same photo on two or three different layouts? Or use a few of the same photos in two different albums? I do sometimes only because I feel like I don't ever have any good photos to scrap and when I wanna scrap something ill use the same photo that I have already used! Im always watching gg videos and other designers LOs and things and they always take the most amazing photos and I always feel like all of my photos are crap lol.. I mostly scrap my 2 yr old DD and she sometimes loves to pose for the camera and other times runs away and plays games!

Also we don't do much exciting things.. My DF works 80 hrs a week and I'm home majority of the time with my daughter.. Yeah we go places but not enough for me to always have wonderful photos to scrap everyday lol.. Hopefully when I get a new camera I can take some nice pro looking photos!! Anyways is it weird to scrap the same few photos through out an album?



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Posted: 2/16/2013 8:13:24 PM
hmm.. I don't use the same picture ever for different LO. I always take soooooo many pics that I always have different pics for different LO.

I agree the GGirls take amazing pics and over the years I have improved a LOT!!! and its an ongoing process. SO what ever picture I have are my memories and I am capturing them

I would suggest start taking pics of your everyday activities. What your little one likes, favorite toy, fav. food, mood swings etc etc just keep capturing.

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Posted: 2/16/2013 8:13:57 PM
I have to tell different stories. And I also have some photos that I love and have scrapped a couple times.

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Posted: 2/16/2013 9:03:37 PM
I will put one in my PL album and then do a layout with the same photo for a layout. If it's for the kids they each have there own albums so scrapping the same picture more than once means that they each get that photo scrapped. Like I have this one photo of my boys sittin nxt to each other at Ihop and it looks like the olds was telling the youngest something and he was just in aw of him. to me it's worth scappin twice for them to each have. But anyways. It's a personal thing after all that's said lol.

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Posted: 2/16/2013 9:14:21 PM
I never scrap the same picture. But it depends on why you are in the craft. Is it to tell the story of the photo or to play with pretty things or a bit of both. If you just want to scrap, then look for pics of your everyday life (not including your daughter), scrap about your role as a mom, what you did before your daughter, the relationship you and your husband share, where you live, your favorite things, etc. Tons of everyday and past topics to scrap, so you don't have to repeat photos.

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Posted: 2/16/2013 9:19:43 PM
I never use the same photo mainly because I have a backlog of about 30000 I could scrap.

I think there is a lot of everyday things you could photograph.

I know when my kids were that age I would take photos of them eating their favourite foods, playing with their favourite toys, their favorite tv show, book, activity, helping me with chores, playing with the pets, playing at the park, going for a walk, a trip to the store, the words they say, the songs they sing, bath time. I think there is a lot you can scrapbook about even if you aren't going on trips or going out to a lot of activities.


PeaNut 559,661
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Posted: 2/16/2013 9:20:35 PM
I have done that a couple of times, forgot I had scrapped it before. Ended up with two entirely different layouts.
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Posted: 2/16/2013 9:34:44 PM
Jjmikrut143 I guess the most important thing to remember is, you are making your scrapbooks for you (and your daughter) if you want to scrap the same photo 3 different ways, then more power to you!

How about trying a little photo shoot? You might only get a few good photos out of 10, but it might be fun for you and her Also, as others suggested, why not try a photo of her with a favorite toy, her favorite food etc. Capture the memories of her being 2, even if they aren't the most perfect photos.


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Posted: 2/16/2013 9:58:36 PM
Thanks peas for all the great ideas on taking photos ... I'm gonna bookmark this thread and look back to it when ever I need an idea.. I do try to take photos of everyday life. I think what my problem is, is that I'm comparing my photos to professional scrapbookers or photographers & all I have is my digi camera and an iPhone with no experience in photo taking at all & by comparing my photos to there's discourages me! When I first started scrapbooking I used to do that a lot. I would look at other layouts and think wow I wanna try that and when it didn't come out exactly right I would give took me sometime but I finally found my OWN style of scrapping that I'm very confident about and can put a page together in no time! With out having to copy someone else's work.. I do still scrap lift here and there but I'm happy to say I'm no longer overwhelmed or Intimidated by the all might scrapping supplies lol I guess I just have to keep taking photos and learn the process along the way like I have done with scrapbooking!

To answer the previous question.. I scrapbook for a lot of reasons, I have always been very artistic! I used to be a hair stylist/ makeup artist before becoming a stay at home mom! I also have been into art and everything in between ever since I was a lil kid! I like the fact of playing with pretty things, but I love to keep memories! I also love that my memory keeping isn't just a photo album with pictures it's a work of art! I'm trying not to use the same photos twice but sometimes I love the photo so much I can't help myself!


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Posted: 2/16/2013 10:29:20 PM
There are no rules on what or how you do your scrapbooks. That's the fun of it, do what you enjoy.

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Posted: 2/17/2013 12:35:06 AM
Can I just add a little perspective?

Our 3 daughters are now in college, and I clearly remember those days (35mm film) of always trying to catch that "great" photo of our girls. However, someone was always looking away, had a fake (or refused to) smile, about to "melt down", leaned over to pick up the dog, etc. Sooo, while we do have quite a few stunning photos of our kids, now as I look through older photos to scrap, I'm in LOVE with the smirky smiles, the pouty face, the dirt smeared on the face, the dress hitched up on the side.

THOSE are the photos that feel "real" and related so much to the fun and crazy of our everyday living. THAT's what is fun for me to scrap!

The "portrait level" photos are fine of course, but the ones that relate silly everyday life are my favorites - because that slice of life is now passed. I still have beautiful grown up daughters to photograph, but the childhood goofiness those other photos recorded bring back such special stories I want to be sure to scrap now.

So don't worry about the quality of your photos - you also may find that one day those have a very special place in your heart and albums because they are REAL LIFE!

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Posted: 2/17/2013 1:08:48 AM
I really like the everyday shots. I find that 'portrait' style shot don't show as much personality. I use both in my scrapbooks and they each have their place, though, and you can certainly take really good everyday shots. Ali Edwards does a great job of that.

As for using two same photo two or three times, I do. A photo might appear in the main album, and again in a specialty or theme album, or again on a review page (end of month, end of year, etc), or on a 'time gone by' page where I include lots of photos from various time periods. There are certainly duplicates in some of my albums. I have lots of photos (both everyday and portrait style) to choose from, so I don't often scrap the same photo again and again... I'm usually able to find a different photo to illustrate a story. I do, however, like taking photos that appeared in earlier albums and bringing them into later albums. I have a page titled 'Decade' that has photos of my and hubby over ten years, and almost all of those photos show up elsewhere at some point.

I'm more likely to repeat a photo of me than anything. Being the chief camera operator, I don't appear in the photos as often as, say, my kids. I encountered this as I tred to put together a year in review page and realised I had no photos of me leftover. As I looked through the album, it is because every time I had a photo of me (and there were quite a few), they had already been scrapped. I guess I (consciously or subconsciously) want to ensure that I'm represented. Anyway, I'm reprinting a few of those photos of me to put on the year in review page.

In the end, they are your layouts. Is it going to feel repetitive if you see the same photo several times in an album? If you love a certain photo, can you use it to illustrate different stories in different albums? Can you pair it together with other photos to tell a bigger story about a personality or over a period of time? They are your albums. Design them as you want to see them.

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Posted: 2/17/2013 1:56:57 AM
I have done this before. For seperate albums and also albums I redid. If you love it enough to scrap it over and over then you should!! The scrap police will never know



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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:38:45 AM
I've done it a few times with photos that I Just fell in love with. Since I scrap as much for the creative outlet as for the memories I figure if a photo inspires me to do more than one layout it's a bonus.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:45:06 AM
The only time I use the same photos is when I making different albums (i.e. my kids each have their own).

As for great photos..... hahahahahahahaha..... if you look through my albums you would see a LOT of bad photos. But that is real. Not just the crap in the background but the photos themselves. Blurry ones, poor composition, etc. But hey, that's what I got so that's what I work with. They still tell a story. Even the 'this person wasn't a good photographer' story.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 9:08:34 AM
I have scrapped the same picture(s) by accident which is why I switched to chronological scrapbooking.
You could if you want take some of the extra layouts that you scrapped into an album for your daughter and just take a picture for yourself.

I love taking pictures! A little over a week a go I was taking pics of the sunset in a car. I just kept clicking till I got what I wanted. Most of them didn't come out perfect but I got one that I love.

Since doing PL and taking a few of Shimelle's classes I am starting to understand what she means by telling a story. I might take 50 pics in a month and have 5 pics that tell a story. I will pit the 45 in divided page protectors and scrap the 5 12x12.

Take pics of your daughter when she runs away, you might find a story in that days, weeks or years from now. HTH< Melissa


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Posted: 2/17/2013 9:15:00 AM
You can absolutely use the same photos on different LOs! One photo could have many different stories and not all of them are going to fit on the same LO so go for it! Tell your story, use whatever photos you think best tell that story and don't sweat the rest.

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Posted: 2/17/2013 11:42:28 AM
Thi is good advice,and I take tons of photos:

[Jjmikrut143 I guess the most important thing to remember is, you are making your scrapbooks for you (and your daughter) if you want to scrap the same photo 3 different ways, then more power to you!]

Do a few different things will the photos: crop out something,print in black&white or sepia,enlarge after cropping a bit,etc. You can do these things quickly at a CVS or Walgreens,and your layouts will look entirely different.

Happy scrapping,


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Posted: 2/17/2013 12:15:14 PM
I rarely use the same photo twice for scrapping only because I have so many pictures (not that they're all great photos). I agree with all the other peas - these layouts and albums are for you so do what makes you happy.

There are some great suggestions. Here's mine: do one focused on the event and then do another focusing on some aspect/angle. For example, picture of DD at the park. Do one layout focused on the who, what, when, where. Then you could do another layout focused on her love of the outdoors, or why you love that photo, or something special about your daughter.

Hope that made sense. Good luck!
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