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Posted 5/17/2013 by besskinn in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 471,901
June 2010
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Loc: Hillsboro, TX

Posted: 5/17/2013 9:42:08 AM
Curious to know what everyone's process is when getting scrappy!

As for me - I start w photos, then paper. From there I start building my page sometimes incorporating bits and pieces into my paper layers.

After paper and photos are down, it's a toss up as to what's next...usually it's title, embellishments, then journaling. But I don't always stick strictly to that order.

What about you?

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PeaNut 113,955
October 2003
Posts: 2,099
Layouts: 29

Posted: 5/17/2013 9:49:01 AM
There's no rhyme or reason to how a layout comes together for me.

I usually start with pictures with a story I know I want to tell. I'll select papers and embellishments to build the page. The title usually comes to me while I am working on the page. As I am placing elements on the paper, I keep my journaling in mind so I know where and how much space to leave.

Other times, I have papers I am dying to use and back into the photos. The rest of the process would be about the same.


PeaNut 404,811
December 2008
Posts: 1,425
Layouts: 1
Loc: Southern Oregon

Posted: 5/17/2013 9:51:59 AM
My process. It depends with me. I do different processes.

If I am doing a challenge then I go down the challenge list and get all the items including tools out. that way everything is sitting in front of me. then I start laying out the page(s)

I do start with a picture first sometimes. If I start with a picture I then go to the paper.

But there are times where I get these ideas for a layout and it could start with a object like a butterfly, or bird. or even a color.

Once I have the flow going I just go with it. I never make rules. Ok I do make 1 very big rule.....

Rule 1. Have fun and enjoy creating.....

Happy scrapping

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PeaNut 250,388
February 2006
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Loc: Between MoTown and the Glass City

Posted: 5/17/2013 9:58:09 AM
Usually I start with the pictures. Then I think of the story behind the picture. I almost always pick out the paper first followed by embellishments. But at times, I will have a cool embellishment that I want to use on a page and go in reverse. (Don't know if I'm making sense or not.) I will do a rough draft of my layout, then write the journaling. Once I know how much room I need for that, I will do the final draft of my layout. Once I am satisfied with the looks of it, I will glue everything down and call it good.


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PeaNut 562,539
August 2012
Posts: 166
Layouts: 112
Loc: Arizona

Posted: 5/17/2013 10:10:49 AM
I don't have much of a set process. I start with one idea or item and then go from there. Sometimes I start with photos, sometimes with some paper, sometimes with a cut from my Silhouette, sometimes I just sit down with a pile of stuff and see what happens. I'm very much a push stuff around until I find something I like scrapper.


PeaNut 520,674
September 2011
Posts: 723
Layouts: 7
Loc: Las Vegas, NV

Posted: 5/17/2013 11:07:01 AM
I am mindful of the pictures I have already printed (which sizes, how many of a particular event, orientation) but my layouts almost always begin with the design. so it's a bit of a "chicken or the egg" question, I pick my photos based on the layout, but the layout has to fit the pictures. I put down the base of the design first, add the pictures. Next comes title and embellishments. Last is always journaling.


PeaNut 544,018
February 2012
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Posted: 5/17/2013 11:14:14 AM
Always photos first.

Go through the paper. First pieces that look good with the pic wins, and I stop looking through the rest of the paper or it could take all day.

Gather journaling spots, basic embellishments.

Either use a sketch, or start moving pics around on page until I find a pleasing placement. Tape 'em down before I want to change my mind a thousand times.

Journal and embellish until layout feels done.

Put it away before I can change my mind.

*Stop the glorification of busy*


PeaNut 124,443
January 2004
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Layouts: 49
Loc: Central PeA

Posted: 5/17/2013 12:02:27 PM
Sometimes a picture inspires me (especially if I have a story to tell with it), other times I just want to work with certain papers.

Most of the layouts I'm happiest with start with the papers, so I'll describe my process from that perspective. After I get a combo of papers and an idea of how I want to layer them, I flip through and find 1-3 photos that work with them. Then I decide how to arrange those on my page, then look for embellishments that will work with the papers & pics. While I'm playing around, I try to think of a title or any journaling. I try to come up with the journaling before I actually start adhering my embellishments so it doesn't look like an afterthought and the embellishments can be layered with it. My title is usually one of the last things to get adhered as I try to incorporate/mold it into the layout so it's not just floating around. If my layout still seems lacking & I can't find the right embellishment to make it look finished, I resort to adding one or two groups of three rhinestones or pearls.


ca angel

PeaNut 400,602
November 2008
Posts: 2,455
Layouts: 36
Loc: So Cal

Posted: 5/17/2013 12:52:54 PM
my process
1. Photos
2. Sketch
3/4. Paper/embellies

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PeaNut 4,068
April 2000
Posts: 10,438
Layouts: 214
Loc: Aussie in SC. USA

Posted: 5/17/2013 1:02:01 PM
photos, colors/paper, technique (if using one), embellies, arrange, arrange, arrange, title, stick everything down, journaling

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PeaNut 110,614
October 2003
Posts: 9,115
Layouts: 326
Loc: Ã…rhus, Denmark

Posted: 5/17/2013 1:02:20 PM
I either start with a photo and document a story, or I have a story and seek out a photo to use.

Then I move the photo(s) around on a white page until they tell me where they want to live. Then I pull out some paper whilst I figure out the journalling in my head. Cut. Glue. Move. Cut. Glue. Decide approximately where the embellishments are going to be so I know if I need to adhere them before I write my journalling (so I can write around them). Write my words. Embellish. Photograph it, and shove it in the appropriate album. Done.

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PeaNut 54,155
October 2002
Posts: 2,628
Layouts: 465
Loc: River Ridge, Louisiana

Posted: 5/17/2013 1:35:47 PM
I sometimes I start with a photo, sometimes with product, but in ALL cases I can't really get too far until I think of a title!

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

Posted: 5/17/2013 3:17:33 PM
first I have to have a sketch, I can't scrap without having something down on paper.
then I pick paper, embell, stamp, bling and then photos.
most of the time. Sometimes I start with a pic and then make a sketch


PeaNut 283,729
November 2006
Posts: 1,353
Layouts: 63
Loc: Northern Kentucky

Posted: 5/17/2013 3:28:14 PM
It almost always start with my photos. Even if I'm doing a challenge I go through my pictures with the challenge in mind. Then I usually find a sketch that fits the photos or that I can make to fit the photos. Paper selection comes next, embellishments and journaling happen last. It pretty much always works in that order for me. Times I've worked out of order (try to fit a page around an embellishment or PP) I haven't been as happy with my results. So why fix what's not broken!

California Dreaming

PeaNut 153,156
June 2004
Posts: 12,226
Layouts: 39

Posted: 5/17/2013 3:31:13 PM
My process is almost always the same. I start with pictures and look for a sketch to work with them. Then I choose paper. With those three things the design comes together pretty quickly. Here is where I decide if I'm going to sew on the layout or not. I do sew on quite a few of my layouts. What takes time for me is cutting my title on my Cameo, typing out and printing my journaling, and especially embellishments. My thoughts on embellishments are usually something like, 'I guess I should add some embellishments'. I limit how many embellishments I use because it's so time consuming for me and I never like how my layouts look with lots of embellishments anyway. I have to remind myself that if I use one or two embellishments and like it then it's all good and I can move on.

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PeaNut 579,055
January 2013
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Posted: 5/17/2013 3:50:58 PM
as soon as i get my photos, i choose the background paper that will go with them. once i feel like working on a particular page or project i then create a kit of additional papers and embellishments and work from that stash. if i am journaling, i type it up and print it and then treat it as an embellishment. i position the photos, then let all the rest fall into place.


PeaNut 316,654
May 2007
Posts: 212
Layouts: 24

Posted: 5/17/2013 4:57:27 PM
I've been influenced by Shimelle. I pull out the paper I'm in the mood to scrap with...make a kind of "starting point" and then pull photos that will go with.


PeaNut 581,519
February 2013
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Posted: 5/17/2013 9:09:48 PM
I always used to start with photos, then choose paper, but now after watching Shimelle, I start with papers. I put together a colour scheme that works,(a background page, and a few others that will match) then I root through my photos and choose some that will go. Then I start my layout, and gather embellies that will match.

I never would have thought I could do it this way, and its still a challenge sometimes, but I do believe, for me, my end results are better.


PeaNut 196,791
March 2005
Posts: 824
Layouts: 127
Loc: Roseville, CA

Posted: 5/17/2013 10:30:40 PM
I start with photos and figure out how many I have that I want to use together. Then I search for a sketch or something else that inspires me. Then print photos following my inspiration,

Then pick papers that fit the color scheme, then make the layout and embellish if needed.


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PeaNut 81,992
April 2003
Posts: 1,218
Layouts: 23
Loc: Jersey

Posted: 5/18/2013 1:58:56 AM
Unless I am doing a challenge I would go photos, sketch if using one embellishments title and journaling last if necessary

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PeaNut 160,610
August 2004
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Layouts: 90

Posted: 5/18/2013 7:18:09 AM
I start with my pictures then I pull papers, card stock, embellishments and then I sketch, if i need to create a title then I do that. I cut mats and layout everything and attach as much as possible with removable scrapbooking adhesive tabs that holds everything in place. I then place everything into a scrapbooking pocket that's 3 ringed punched.

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