Motivation needed for PL

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Posted 4/19/2013 by tesororecuerdos in Digital Scrapbooking


PeaNut 580,824
February 2013
Posts: 2
Layouts: 0

Posted: 4/19/2013 6:15:30 AM
So, I'm new to digital scrapbooking and started in January this year. I do LOVE to see all the beautiful layouts and cards and embellishments out there! If I invested all those hours reading blogs and searching for ideas in my own PL I wouldn't have gotten that far behind.
I think one of my "problems" is, that I didn't found my own style yet (I like it very simple, but I also like it colourful and "messed up"... but the other thing is, that I don't "see" my progress after I did a page.
In Europe it's very expensive to print a 12x12 page (you need to print a larger format and then cut it down) and also it's expensive to ship something from the US. That's why I chose to print a photo book a year.

Do you have any suggestions on this? Is there someone with the same "starting problems"? How do you get yourself motivated?
Thank you from Switzerland!


PeaNut 307,816
April 2007
Posts: 12,819
Layouts: 962
Loc: So Cal Gal Living in NJ

Posted: 4/19/2013 6:48:42 AM
Welcome! It's always great to hear from newbies, and you've come to the right place to get suggestions, help and support!

As one who rarely prints, I've found that there are lots of ways to share my digi creations other than printing them. I post them on several online galleries, Facebook, and my own blog. I also email them to friends and family, keep active galleries on my iPhone and iPhoto. I also have slideshows on my blog and another website. I participate in forums where I share layouts- both as links and images. I also participate from time to time in writing articles or tutorials, inserting my layouts as shameless plugs! So, for me, the joy of creating is in sharing.

But, I also understand how enjoyable it is to have a physical copy of your layouts in your hands, and the trend certainly seems to be printed books as opposed to single page printing.

Sharing your layouts in the gallery here, and participating on the forum are good ways to get the motivation you are looking forward too! There are often challenges, scraplifts, and weekly discussions that can help you become a part of the digi community here!

I'm sure others will stop by to share their thoughts, I just wanted to say welcome, and hope you stick around!


PeaNut 307,816
April 2007
Posts: 12,819
Layouts: 962
Loc: So Cal Gal Living in NJ

Posted: 4/19/2013 6:49:29 AM
PS: I haven't found my style either! I have about 6 different styles, and I just am happy to create however the spirit moves me!

Livin' in My Own "Pea-rivate" Idaho

PeaNut 103,985
August 2003
Posts: 5,722
Layouts: 380
Loc: Idaho

Posted: 4/19/2013 12:06:09 PM
I think it might help you to decide if weekly layouts are right for you. I know some people only do two page spreads a month, or even just one. I myself only do a monthly page --- I do 12 of 12 --- which is when I take a bunch of pictures on the 12th of each month, cull my pictures down to my favorite twelve, and scrap with those.

I think maybe just one or two pages a month might be easier if you are limited on printing costs. And maybe, could you print your pages in the 8 x 8 size? You should still be able to see your photos and journaling well at that size.

If you like things painty and colorful, use some flourish-y (I know that's not even a real word...LOL) or painty brush frames around your photos or journaling boxes. Or, maybe leave a "white space" border around the edge of your page and use some painty brushes to splatter some paint or some doodled borders around the edges. Or maybe find some distressed overlays or clipping masks to use around the edges of things.

Emily Abramson (who used to be a digital designer here) has some cute PL cards that have little paint splatters in the corners, so you might check out those, too.

My Blog: Common Sense Scrapbooking


PeaNut 307,675
April 2007
Posts: 1,488
Layouts: 5
Loc: California

Posted: 4/19/2013 11:21:26 PM
I am doing project life with 1 page per week.

I take pictures and label them by day.

I have a Word document with the date and days activities. I don't feel pressure to keep up with the layouts when life gets hectic since everything is documented and ready to go when I have free time.

I had a hard time deciding on my layout for this year. Once I decided, I have used the same layout with different papers and embellishments. As I go, I have found some things that work better but I am not going back to change - just implementing as I go.

My motivation is to see our every day lives documented in another form over my regular scrapbook pages. I always wanted to do PL and this is my first year. I am not as concerned about the pages - I can already see some great photo/journaling that I would have missed if it wasn't for this project.

I also see tons of ideas that are beautiful. For me, I don't want to put all that time and energy into every page. You have to go with works best for you.

Dabbling in Digi

PeaNut 65,255
January 2003
Posts: 12,142
Layouts: 1,367
Loc: Behind a laptop in the Pacific Northwest

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Posted: 4/21/2013 11:46:47 PM
Well I'm not doing PL so no suggestions there. I do know many PLers use a couple templates (rotated and flipped) over and over to keep some consistency to their pages.

As for style, mine is ever evolving . . . don't know if I have a particular style although I think my pages are easily recognized so from someone else's perspective, maybe I do. I try lots of different techniques because I think it's fun to experiment, but push come to shove, I do a lot of pages using blue, green or tan and lots of photos, sometimes big photos, blending and extractions.

Just keep scraping and you'll find what you're comfortable with. The nice thing about digi, is it's easily changeable if you want to later.


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PeaNut 580,824
February 2013
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Posted: 4/27/2013 6:39:04 AM
Thank you all!!

I really appreciate your advice!
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