* Harmony *
|Posted: 5/4/2014 11:57:57 PM|Needing to vent. I'm feeling like a scrappy failure.
I hate the page I just made. It's upsetting because I know I'm capable of better. I'm certainly no pro by any stretch, but I can do better than this page shows. Yes, I know I can redo it, I just don't know if I will. I don't like the idea of wasting supplies. Oh well. Thanks for letting me vent.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 5/5/2014 1:09:26 AM|
Don't be so hard on yourself. Walk away form the page for a few days and then revisit it - you may 1) end up thinking its ok or 2) have fresh ideas after taking a break.
Another idea is to post it and ask for input. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can add new insight.
Don't beat yourself up - my motto is that they can't all be masterpieces and preserving my memories and enjoying the scrapping process is what really matters.
And FYI we are each own worst critics. Don't beat yourself up, k?
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Loc: Just a short drive from Nashville, TN! (Yee-Haw Ya'll!)
|Posted: 5/5/2014 1:50:30 AM|That's why I scraplift so often. Unless I'm feeling super fabulous crafty creative (and I do sometimes feel that way), I just pick a cute layout and lift the heck out of it. Why would you NOT? That's what I ask myself if I feel like I shouldn't.
I want to enjoy the process and it's easier for me to enjoy it if I already know what it's going to turn out like in the end! Part of my control-freak nature, I guess.
Loc: Big Bear Lake, SoCal
|Posted: 5/5/2014 6:13:31 AM|
Happens to me all the time, it's part of the creative process for me. Plus, I just don't really seem to like scrapbooking a lot. It's even worse if I try to scraplift. I hate it. Never works. Same with sketches. I find pages go better when I randomly just do whatever on a layout. But yeah, I hate a lot of my layouts. I just let it go though. I don't care that much.
|Posted: 5/5/2014 6:38:39 AM|
Fellow perfectionist, over-thinker here. Don't be so hard on yourself: at least you have another memory captured, those supplies are not wasted, and you made a dent in your to-do pile of photos, right?
Hope you have fun doing your next page and that you love it.
ETA: a mentor of mine who knows I am usually unhappy with my work (not scrapping) has a saying which always helps me- "it is OK to be unsatisfied, but don't forget to be pleased" with what you did get done.
Manic Mom of 2
|Posted: 5/5/2014 6:48:22 AM|I did one of those for the NSD challenges it's not my worst but might be in the top 20...I won't redo it either! Also, I always like it just a smidge more in a day or two when I look at it again.
|Posted: 5/5/2014 7:29:42 AM|
I'm so sorry to hear this, I can totally relate, I think it happens to all of us.
When it happens to me, I just call it done and move on. I also take a break for a couple of days, then I miss it so much than I'm inspired and eager to create. I've also scrapped those pics again.
Don't be hard on yourself, it happens, the mojo just wasn't here.
|Posted: 5/5/2014 8:52:39 AM|I feel you!! I hate the layout I made about paying off my car but I feel like I put so much time & effort into it that I'm just going to keep it for now.
Loc: Central NJ
|Posted: 5/5/2014 9:19:22 AM|
WE are our own worst critics(sp). Relax,rest and look at it again later. I set things aside to rethink later. Generally it is not as bad as I initally thought and I move on! I don't have time or the energy to redo pages. If I had a super special picture I might make another page and keep both, to remind myself there are many ways to do pages and they still look good.
Loc: The OC
|Posted: 5/5/2014 11:07:19 AM|
I think it happens to a lot of us. Most of us create a lot of pages and can only spend so much time on each one. There are bound to be some we don't like. When this happens to me I step away from the page for a couple of days, then go back an maybe add a few embellishments to spruce it up a little. I just consider it 'not my best work' and move on to the next one.
|Kylie's and Misty's KittyMom|
|Posted: 5/5/2014 11:27:20 AM|
Uggg, that's so frustrating.
When I run into that, I'll let it sit for a few days (weeks, months)and see if there's anything I can change about it that will help me like it better. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece but I don't want to groan every time I turn the page to that layout. If I can't make it work, I'll salvage anything I can and try again. I usually end up only sacrificing some paper and maybe some stickers.
|Posted: 5/5/2014 11:37:52 AM|Oh you were just having a bad day. If you walk away and come back and still dislike it. Just do it over. Who is going to know. I have definitely done that before. Sometimes what seemed like a good idea at the time or in our heads does turn out on the page. Just start over and make something you do like. You will be much happier.
|Posted: 5/5/2014 12:15:56 PM|
I agree that we are often our own worst critic. The crazy thing is, many times I will get the most compliments on layouts that I am least happy with!
* Harmony *
|Posted: 5/5/2014 12:20:50 PM|Thanks ladies!!! You're making me feel much better
It's this page in case anyone is curious... or has suggestions.
|Posted: 5/5/2014 1:02:10 PM|
I think you are hard on yourself.
Advice if you want it.
- try matting the entire layout in the pink and then add a small pop of pink(maybe wash tape, strip of paper, dots or brads near the word Gold at the bottom to create a visual triangle.)
- Mat the photo with a thin black mat. then outline the blue and the heart with a thin black line just inside the edge.
Those would be things I would consider. I love the heart and your cute cute kitty.
* Harmony *
|Posted: 5/5/2014 3:52:50 PM|Thank you, DawnMcD! I'll definitely consider your suggestions
|Posted: 5/5/2014 4:20:11 PM|
Feeling your frustration - sometimes they're lovely and other times I just go bleah.
Your kitty is adorable. My thought when looking at the page - try moving the word "OF" right next to the word "GOLD"? It might add a diagonal flow to the page.
* Harmony *
|Posted: 5/5/2014 4:46:35 PM|
@AnnieBeth24: Thank you. I moved "of" all over the page. No place seemed right so I stuck it there because it looked so empty. I think I am going to move it to where you suggested and try to find something else to put in its place. Maybe an embellishment cluster (or more for the visual triangle) is what I'm missing.
|Posted: 5/5/2014 4:56:33 PM|
50 By NSD
|Posted: 5/5/2014 5:00:12 PM|I have those pages. But I had to realize years from now is my family going to be happy that I documented or will they be looking for perfect pages ( I know it won't be the later because they don't know what a perfect page looks like. ) sometimes walking away helps and then sometimes filing it and moving on works too. Don't be so hard on yourself.
50 By NSD
Loc: Queensland, Australia
|Posted: 5/5/2014 5:15:08 PM|
You are not alone, I think this happens to all of us sometimes.
I struggled for a long time with this and would keep all the offending layouts as I made them and they had product on them. These days I take them apart and salvage what I can and move on to the next thing, I know that most people keep the layout but it bothers me so much.
* Harmony *
|Posted: 5/5/2014 6:08:26 PM|Peas are the best
Will I ever get to Buckethead?!
|Posted: 5/5/2014 6:36:11 PM|
I would punch out some smaller heart shapes to put on the layout. Maybe 3 or 5 of them.
* Harmony *
|Posted: 5/5/2014 6:45:00 PM|
Good idea, thank you.
|Posted: 5/5/2014 7:02:53 PM|
I agree with matting the photo and the whole layout...
I would also add something under the word gold so the letters stand out more... maybe more pink for the visual triangle?
* Harmony *
|Posted: 5/5/2014 7:14:32 PM|Ooh, more good ideas. Thanks
|Posted: 5/5/2014 7:39:28 PM|
That happens to me all of the time. Some pages just will not come together. I start with a good idea, but things just don't come together the way I want them to. Usually I take a deep breath and decide that not every page needs to be perfect.
I agree with matting the photo and moving "of" over. You definitely need a bit more pink. I know... I'm not much help.
Love that beautiful kitty.
* Harmony *
|Posted: 5/6/2014 5:04:40 PM|You did help! Thank you
Rick Springfield Junkie
Loc: Mountain High Pea
|Posted: 5/6/2014 5:44:45 PM|
What I did once on a page I hated... I took it apart, threw away anything I used with it... a friend and I exchanged pictures and she rescrapped my page and I did one that she didn't like.. We both ended up with awesome pages. It was a pea that isn't here anymore but we are still friends. We never met in person either and did it all through the mail. I still love my redone pages!
* Harmony *
|Posted: 5/6/2014 5:46:53 PM|Oh that's fun... and super special. Love that idea
Official Time Clock of 2Ps
Loc: On a cruise ship fighting zombies
|Posted: 5/7/2014 7:19:12 AM|Very cute kitty picture, really like the big gold and off-white striped heart. Overall the layout is very nicely composed and is perfect left as is. However, if you wanted to add on more and further embellish your page, here are some suggestions that could be tried for fun:
** mat the entire layout in gold, pink, or off-white after cutting the blue down 1/4 inch on all four sides.
** move the of above the gold on the lower right-hand edge of the picture, add a word or a few more in gold/off-white square small sticker letters before the of to balance between the gold and pink title (heart made of gold, etc)
**add an off-white project life (lined maybe or if you had one with pink/gold hearts, embellished heart theme) card or piece of notebook paper tucked in under the right-hand side of the picture and underneath the added gold/white square sticker letters and pink of and journal about your kitty. Maybe ink the lined card/paper with pink ink around the edges and around the outside border of the overall layout.
** add three strips of gold/pink washi tape where the 3 cork paw prints are and add some ink drops in those same areas and maybe some little pink enamel dots with the ink splatters to draw more pink into the layout.
**also might add something white to the other two cork paw prints to balance out the project life white card or paper, maybe an embellishment (off-white hearts, etc) or smaller piece of white paper with more journaling or the gold and white small square letters again with the date to reinforce the visual triangle.
Again, these are all things you could add, but the layout stands on its own right now and looks good left alone too. I really like it.
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|Posted: 5/7/2014 8:51:30 AM|
I soooo hear ya!
I switched from 8.5x11 to 12x12 w/my photos from 2004 onward. I am still finishing up 2003 (I'm a chrono scrapper). I am so anxious to be done w/8.5x11 that I find myself throwing photos on a page just to get done w/them. Last week I did some from my 40th birthday dinner (pics I have been DYING to scrap) and am SO unhappy w/the results. I've already trimmed the photos to fit in one of those templates, so there is no re-doing the page. Not that I have ever done that - I don't believe in it. Still, every time I flip thru that book and look at that layout I will be unhappy.
I feel your frustration.
50 layouts freeze challenge
Started Feb 10, 2014
12x12 layouts: 39
PL layouts: 2
8.5x11 layouts: 15
|Posted: 5/7/2014 10:42:07 AM|I don't have any suggestions.. I just want to say that every time I see your thread title (I just made a page and I hate it) I think of the Katy Perry song "I kissed a girl and I liked it".
|Posted: 5/9/2014 11:04:55 AM|
Lots of really good suggestions already. Did you try any of them? When I don't like pages I've done, it's usually because I need to add more - beef-up the embellishment triangles or make the title more prominent by adding layers (maybe a group of tags?) behind it. Doodling is nice, too. Try some rub-ons around the edge of the heart - bits here than there or around the whole heart. If I have to critique it, I would just say it just needs a bit "more". Your cat is beautiful! I'd love to see what you end up doing with this page.
|Posted: 5/14/2014 11:37:31 PM|
You don't need to force the visual triangle on every layout. It's A design concept, not THE design concept. I think, going for a diagonal design would work better... moving the "of" to beside or above the "gold". I'd mat the photo like others have suggested... and perhaps accentuate the diagonal design by moving the paw prints closer to your two title clusters. Embrace the empty space - not every layout needs a heaps of stuff all over it.
Loc: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
|Posted: 5/17/2014 2:54:28 PM|
I would crop the photo into a square to get rid of some of the background carpet the cat is on, and mat the photo- maybe on white. Maybe use a white pen to outline the "gold" letters to make them stand out more. I like the idea od adding more hearts also.
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