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Posted: 1/2/2013 11:12:25 PM
For me it is cutting my pictures into shapes. I have stars and hearts and circles and ovals. They are so hard to scan. I started scrapbooking in 1996 before it was a trend. I used stencils, got my paper at kinkos, used glue sticks and had to redo EVERYTHING, and used stickers from Hallmark.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 11:16:51 PM
I try to look at my scrapbooking as a history of what I liked at that point in time, so how I scrapped is as relevant as what I scrapped. Is that just weird?!!


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Posted: 1/2/2013 11:18:29 PM
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Posted: 1/2/2013 11:21:14 PM

I try to look at my scrapbooking as a history of what I liked at that point in time, so how I scrapped is as relevant as what I scrapped. Is that just weird?!!

I don't think it's weird. I feel the same ay. I think the style and my mood at the time, and all that is all part of the completed project. I mostly scrap for me, so can do whatever. If my kids do want the scrapbooks when they're older, then they'll probably be just as interested in what the style said about me, and how I felt about the subject I was scrapping, and the times in general, as about the actual photos scrapped.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 11:22:53 PM
SMG not weird at all. I do like seeing how my pages have evolved. They started out pretty cluttered and now if I do scrapbook it is pretty clean.


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Posted: 1/2/2013 11:39:39 PM
I'm with theshyone. Too much collecting not enough doing!

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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:06:02 AM

I try to look at my scrapbooking as a history of what I liked at that point in time, so how I scrapped is as relevant as what I scrapped.

I kind of understand this theory, but I cannot bear to look at my first pages circa 1998. I HATE them! I am embarrassed by them. I would never ever show anyone these pages, except to have a bit of a laugh about how bad they are! If I could be bothered I would re-do all of my early pages.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:13:45 AM
Not so much scrapbook but photography. After reading how it's totally taboo and you are a loser if you use flash, I quit using it. During that time period I have either horribly out of focus dark photos or none at all if it was an event indoors or at night. I wish I'd just used flash. Washed out pics are better than no pics at all.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:18:42 AM
Cutting photos into shapes. My scrapbooks from '97-'98 are so ugly I won't let anyone look at them.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:21:18 AM
The Creative Memories style....stark white pages with colored triangles in the corner.

I got started with CM, though, so I cant complain too much I guess!

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Posted: 1/3/2013 1:51:40 AM
I bought way too many punches. They just hang there on my wall, in my Punch Pal. Staring at me, begging to be used. Ain't happening.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 1:58:07 AM
Paper scrapbooking.
I went digi after about a year and never looked back.
I love my digital layouts, I love having them in all printed in photobooks.
The paper books are too huge and bulky and heavy in comparison.
Plus I spent way too much money, I still pay for digi supplies but it is a fraction of the cost of traditional supplies.
I wish I'd started digi right at the beginning.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 2:07:55 AM
I started in the 80's with CM and I still like the clean look. It seems CM put a lot of emphasis on the photo and the rest was just art, which requires an artist which I am not


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Posted: 1/3/2013 3:56:34 AM
I started in 1996 and also regret cutting the photos into shapes and over-cropping them with scissors (the photos were way before I had a digital camera or photo editing software)

I still like my scrapbooks from that time, Mrs. Grossman stickers and all because they were fun and bring back memories of not only the subject I scrapped but also memories of making those pages. While the pages seem a bit immature now, I would never re-do them because it reflects my style at the time. I love looking through them

But I do wish some of those photos weren't cut up the way they are

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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:11:14 AM
Same as most of you... cutting my pictures in the 90's.. and collecting more than scrapping


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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:25:24 AM
None for me, I've never been a trend follower. I didn't start scrapping with a company, so thankfully my pics weren't cut into shapes and I didn't go through the whole triangles and sticker sneeze thing.

My scrapping style hs always been 'simple' and while it has evolved, I still follow that bacic simplicity, so I look back on my early pages and I'm still pretty happy with them, There were about half a dozen that I hated and I remade those a couple of years ago, but the rest I'm happy to leave alone.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 6:02:48 AM
Guilty of the collecting as well

I know handwriting is important and adds to the overall feel of the scrapbook but I REALLY dislike the pages I wrote on.

I've switched to printing my journaling and find I like those pages much better. I also seems to add more details than I did before.
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Posted: 1/3/2013 6:56:38 AM
Cutting my pictures into the shapes. I am appalled by my earliest scrapbooks. And I feel so bad about the Christmas scrapbook I made for my mom one year. I took ALL of our Christmas photos through the years, and cut them. No idea if they still have the negatives. I should look next time I go visit. And take them and make copies and re-do the whole thing.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:21:18 AM
mutilating my pictures, cutting away backgrounds, weird shapes. If I really wanted to tell the story, the background was part of the story. Where we were, what was going on, etc.

Really I can live with most of the other trends, but I can't go back with those mutilated photos. I have redone most of the pages best I could, and matted the mutilated photo into a square or rectangle to reduce the offensiveness.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:25:58 AM
"I know handwriting is important and adds to the overall feel of the scrapbook but I REALLY dislike the pages I wrote on. "

Me too. In my later books tho, I still did my journing I. The computer, but I wrote a personal note on the back of each page with an additional memory or saying. So my writing is there, they just have to search for it.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:27:07 AM
Cutting/cropping my pictures into shapes, smaller sizes, without having a backup copy. I'm currently in the process of finding and scanning old negatives, so I can correct this stupid mistake. Unfortunately, my scanner doesn't scan APS film, so I have to find another way to fix that.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 8:06:15 AM

I try to look at my scrapbooking as a history of what I liked at that point in time, so how I scrapped is as relevant as what I scrapped. Is that just weird?!!
No, I don't think it's weird. The only thing I do regret is that when I first started scrapbooking in the late 1990s, I made a scrapbook of DH's and my trip to New England/Nova Scotia. I used (believe it or not) a binder with magnetic pages in it. I saved post cards, pamphlets and other memorabilia from the trip and they are also included in the book. Back then, you could get page protectors that had different sized slots in them - much like the WRMK that are popular today. I incorporated some of them into the book. Actually, that book would look like "modern" scrapbooking if it wasn't for those blasted magnetic pages - and, yes, I had cut some of those photos on the magnetic pages, too! I need to do redo the magnetic pages but other than that, I'm happy with the rest of it and my other older albums.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 8:24:14 AM
Definitely cutting my pictures into shapes. The digital pics from my older daughter's first years were lost on a crashed hard drive and the ones in my scrapbooks (which fortunately are many) are the only ones I have - and lots of them were cut into shapes.

I don't regret the CM style - in many ways I think it was more authentic than the more "artistic" stuff I tried later, as I am no artist. I also don't mine my own less than perfect handwriting on the journaling, as I know how much I treasure stuff with my parents' writing on it now.

Fortunately I started scrapping after the "sticker sneeze" phenomenon had died off, so those early CM pages are pretty "clean" even if they're not as visually appealing as what you see in magazines.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 8:32:08 AM
I remember going to a CM party way back when it was brand new and they were cutting up pictures into shapes. I said I liked seeing the background in old pictures. Sometimes the best part of the picture wasn't always the subject - but what was in the background. An old car, Grandma's house, etc. I also remember how I was scoffed at over that! LOL

I like plain - no fluff, no bumps. I really like the digital books now.

If you find the negatives and want to reprint, get a scanner that will scan slides/negatives - I have an Epson scanner than can scan slides or negatives. It is awesome! You just load the strip into the frame that fits in the lid of the scanner. It scans each picture or slide (I can do 4 at a time) individually. They are sharp and amazing! And it is easy to use, I highly recommend one.

Mine is an older model - Epson V200 - but they have newer models available. Great thing to have - I use it a lot. It is so amazing to scan a 50 year old slide and have it come to life.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:03:46 AM
Epoxy elements, do-dads and the like... collected lots of them, used quite a few, nearly all have been deposited into the trash... bad, bad, idea and I fell for it.

So many people regret doing the "CM" cropping thing. I was another that never really did the "cropping" of pictures except for sizing. That 5"x7" cropped to a 4"x6" photo type of thing was about all I ever did.

I "tried" some of the fancy-schmancy stuff when I would take a class, and then redo the page. This was true when the "distressing" look was popular in some magazines. (What? I paid $.$$ for a single sheet paper and now you want me to crumple it BEFORE using it?)

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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:32:16 AM
Recreating exaclty what was in the photo on the page - there is one page I have that is the worst every time I look at it I cringe - my husband is taking a nap on the dryer (don't ask ) and I used one of those paper doll things - can't remember what they were called, but I LOVED those things, to remake the picture exactly, even matching the blanket that he was cuddled up in. I still can't figure out why I felt the need to duplicate the picture

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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:41:34 AM

Paper scrapbooking.
I went digi after about a year and never looked back.
I love my digital layouts, I love having them in all printed in photobooks.
The paper books are too huge and bulky and heavy in comparison.
Plus I spent way too much money, I still pay for digi supplies but it is a fraction of the cost of traditional supplies.
I wish I'd started digi right at the beginning.

This is me. I paper scrapped for about eight years, before transitioning to digital. Those books just sit unopened by my kids, but my digi pages are always available to them on whatever media device they are using. I'm going to start the process of scanning and converting all my paper layouts to digital format as soon as I get a new scanner.

Thinking about all the money I've spent, on both paper and digi supplies, is painful. I've almost purged all my paper supplies over the past couple of years. The digi stuff doesn't take up much room, fortunately.

Style-wise, my early "sticker-sneeze" layouts are always funny to look back on .

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Posted: 1/3/2013 11:29:40 AM
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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:07:00 PM
Thankgod I never got crazy with the cutting up my photos, etc. but I do regret buying stuff because others convinced me it was cool. I have wasted so much money on supplies I'll never use. These days I know my style and only buy what I love and will use.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:25:57 PM
Oh God, definitely the use of shapes and decorative scissors on pictures.

Those will have to be redone someday. Thankfully I don't have very many like that. It was always a bit fussy for my very simple style, so I tried a few layouts like that when it became popular, but then went back to my old way of cutting/cropping photos.

And yes, I started scrapping before it was popular, too, so my earliest pages are done entirely on card-making cardstock and Office Max papers.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:27:08 PM
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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:32:37 PM
Cutting up my pics, CM style. I have been scrapbooking in some form or fashion all my life. (not realizing that using tape and rubber cement was a no-no!) I look back at some of those early albums and wonder what WAS I thinking?? But it is kinda fun to look back and see how you've "evolved" as a scrapbooker.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:50:44 PM
I didn't get started until about 2003 - so I didn't cut my pics - but I overbought like a champion. I don't think I ever completed more than 10 pages (yes, ten, not one hundred) - but I did make a LOT of cards for a few years. I've got tons of paper, cardstock and stamps. I got involved with a Stampin Up group that met monthly and you got a discount on whatever stamps you bought that night. Ugh. I don't use them, but I don't want to get rid of them. I keep saying I want to get involved with digital scrapping, but I'm lazy. I make lots of Shutterfly books now.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 1:06:10 PM

Collecting rather than using

Yes, this is me! I am so overwhelmed with stuff that I do very little.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 1:12:58 PM
This thread is useless with out pictures!!

I wish I hadn't cut up my pictures. I have a bunch of those. My DGC love to look at them, my DD gives me grief abut them LOL!! They are so bad!

I need to look at Digi scrap booking. I've always kind of thought if I did that it would be cheating.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 1:22:49 PM
Buying, buying and buying.

Thankfully I only cut the photos of one layout into shapes. I realized the value of not "overcropping" - backgrounds that had houses, people, cars - things that others might look at later that we don't consider relevant now.


Stamps. Date stamps and alphabet stamps I still LOOOOVE. The others? They're great, but really? I won't use them. I'd love to, but I know that I won't.

Punches. Dear God, the punches. I still have a million and no idea what to do with them (even the schools don't really want them).

Stickers. Except for alphabet stickers which can still be used to label pantry items, etc.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 1:43:29 PM

For me it is cutting my pictures into shapes. I have stars and hearts and circles and ovals.
I think everyone would agree with you. And they were from negatives, not digital and who knows where those negatives are now and so I am stuck with what I did. And at the time, I was soooooo proud of my 'mad skillz', lol!

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Posted: 1/3/2013 1:45:19 PM
The first Creative Memories album I saw was like a traditional old scrapbook. There wasn't any design element to it at all. Cute little comics were copied onto acid-free paper and glued in among photos. I literally dreamed about being able to do that.

No acid-free paper here. None. And the stuff I bought from CM..... the rubber cement bled right through it!

I cut photos into shapes and did some silhouetting and then copied my 8x11 layouts at Kinkos, slipped them into plastic sleeves and gave the nearly empty binders to a couple of relatives as gifts. Their reactions stopped me in my tracks from EVER making another layout like that! (Thank God!)

CM had a booth at our local quilt show. I had begun tracing images out of paint books and coloring them with colored pencils. They were really cute. I took them to show the woman at the booth - and was sneered at! I hadn't used their products!

I went to a CM crop, and I watched a friend stick down her shaped photos of her only child in random order in her book.... one side of a page, DD was 5, turn the page, she was 10 and facing page she was 2..... and it still makes me cringe. She just wanted them done and I've often wondered how badly she regrets it.

As supplies became available, I bought them because I never wanted to be so limited to CM products again. They had such a narrow view for too long and there was no competition until Creating Keepsakes went on QVC. It wasn't long after that that we started to actually get decent scrapbooking supplies in the stores here.

My biggest regret was that I couldn't take digital photos and put them on the computer to edit and store them. That was still in the future, but I saw it coming. I didn't fall for the trends enough to really regret following them. What I did do, I learned a lot from - especially what not to ever do again!

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Posted: 1/3/2013 2:03:34 PM
Honestly? Most of them. I did the cutting too-it makes me cringe to look back at some of my pages.
I really wish I had kept everything simple. Maybe paper and journaling.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 2:14:50 PM
Definitely picture cutting. I can't even bring myself to look at those books...I've hidden them in a closet. Thank goodness there are only 2!!

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Posted: 1/3/2013 2:20:15 PM
Being overly invested, at least mentally, in how my scrap area looked. My scrap space is a drafting table in a corner of the den and my storage space is whatever I can tuck underneath that table - I think I had a little bit of scraproom envy. I kept thinking, oh, when we move, I'll have a scrapbooking space all my own and then, THEN I will get around to scrapbooking more.

Eventually I figured out that a fancy scraproom was nice enough, but it's okay not to have the space or the cash for an installation like that. And even if I did have the bank, it might not be the best use of my money.

These days I hardly ever touch it and I think I need to add some time to my plan for each week, to get back in the groove of it.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 3:59:00 PM
I started in about 2003 or 2004 so I skipped the whole CM era in my group. I do have a few oval cuts but nothing beyond that.

My regret is hand "doodling" - I think this was a very short trend but I regret that I used the technique in my wedding album. I was married in 1983 but didn't do anything with the photos until I scrapped them in about 2005 or so. The majority of the album is done with the professional photographers prints and I LOVE that part of the book. The last page is a small assortment of random candid shots from our small reception with one of the professional shots in the center. The photo subjects are all GREAT but the photos themselves had faded. So I did a collage with hand doodles...YUCK! I did have enough forsight to cover the professional image with vellum (I cut out a heart so our faces can be seen) and just doodled on the vellum. Glad it is the last page of the book!


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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:26:50 PM
FWIW essiejean, that's not so bad. Maybe some day you'll come around to liking it again.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:32:16 PM
Hmmm... not many regrets for me. I still like most of the pages I have made. I think the ones I don't really like are either layouts I hurried through because I felt pressured to scrap faster, or are pages that I tried using products/styles that weren't really me. Doodling comes to mind. Same with the very simple, boxy pages with just cardstock and some photo mats. Really not me, at all!

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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:34:47 PM
Ugggg. My early pages are pretty sad.

Overall, just a lack of design sense. As to specifics, in this order:
1. Too much deco scissors use, esp. on photos.
1. Using templates to cut photos into cute shapes, like hearts and stars!
3. Stark white pages, a la CM style, with sticker sneeze.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 4:46:19 PM
Themed papers. I love working with colors, textures and subtle patterns. I'm over the themes.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 10:29:33 AM
All right just for you guys I pulled out the book a snapped a few quick pics, they aren't the best quality but you get the idea
This is the one I was describing, it's not nearly as bad as I remember, but still not great...

Here's a few more I came across last night and went "What the hell was I thinking?"

I was not too bad with the shape cuts, but have so many were I cut out around my subject....HATE these now!

Hope you all enjoyed

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Posted: 1/4/2013 10:30:16 AM
Stupid big pictures....not sure how to make them smaller....

~ Shilo
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