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Posted 1/19/2013 by hoagie in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 64,607
January 2003
Posts: 2,117
Layouts: 34
Loc: Colorado Springs

Posted: 1/19/2013 1:40:03 PM
I haven't actually scrapped in almost 2 years, I have purchased supplies though. I am in the middle of trying to move all my supplies to one location and I just can't seem to get anything started these days. My family is skiing this weekend and since I can't ski (have an injury I am still nursing) I decided to bring up some pictures from our recent vacation with my snap supplies and BLANK! I just can't seem to get started. How does one start back up after such a long break? Peas to the rescue...


PeaNut 575,620
December 2012
Posts: 40
Layouts: 0
Loc: South Carolina

Posted: 1/19/2013 1:56:56 PM
If you're in need of a jumping-off point, I'd suggest viewing the Glitter Girl video series here on 2P's and then using the challenge from the video as your starting point. In addition, she gives great tips!


PeaNut 286,696
December 2006
Posts: 728
Layouts: 18
Loc: Washington, DC

Posted: 1/19/2013 2:02:33 PM
Or, maybe browse the gallery here or check out Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. Scrap lift a layout just to get yourself started!

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

Posted: 1/19/2013 2:08:24 PM
There is always the CHA challenges too which might give you inspiration.

I just start with my photos. Select some papers that match, a few embellishments that go with the theme. Write a brief journaling. Come up with a title. Then start arranging til I find a pattern I like. Once I start it starts to come together. Starting is the key.

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PeaNut 268,680
July 2006
Posts: 4,931
Layouts: 805
Loc: Wisconsin

Posted: 1/19/2013 2:19:13 PM
Big fan of Pinterest and the gallery here. Lots of info available.

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2014 Cards Completed: 7

2013 Pages Completed: 288
2013 Mini Albums Completed: 1
2013 Cards Completed: 9


PeaNut 555,886
May 2012
Posts: 326
Layouts: 5
Loc: England

Posted: 1/19/2013 2:22:49 PM
I find videos most helpful to get me started, especially ones where all the design choices/thought process is explained.

I'd start with either Glitter Girl or the Scrap Your Stash series on here. The first has been running for a year, the second only for a few weeks now but both are full of ideas and very inspiring


PeaNut 14,286
April 2001
Posts: 15,422
Layouts: 245
Loc: the 80's

Posted: 1/19/2013 2:23:55 PM
I have become a youtube fan & it's really inspiring to watch "process" videos to get me in the mood to work a bit in my studio.


PeaNut 497,569
February 2011
Posts: 46
Layouts: 0
Loc: Lancaster, PA

Posted: 1/19/2013 3:07:15 PM
I've found it helpful to just do a layout kit with instructions, so I don't have to work too hard to come up with ideas, but I'm still crafting. That sometimes gets me in the groove again.

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PeaNut 413,587
February 2009
Posts: 5,966
Layouts: 51
Loc: Western NY

Posted: 1/19/2013 3:23:44 PM
Try using a sketch or watch some of the videos here. The gallery is full of motivation too.

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PeaNut 569,278
October 2012
Posts: 22
Layouts: 0

Posted: 1/19/2013 6:59:40 PM
Another idea is to do a 'copy' of a page/style you have done in the past that you like. Sorta like a warmup.

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PeaNut 163,613
August 2004
Posts: 78,773
Layouts: 236
Loc: *Sunny Southern California*

Posted: 1/19/2013 7:39:05 PM
I say you grab a couple photos you love and just jump in. You don't need the latest and greatest supplies, just what you have already and like.

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PeaNut 64,607
January 2003
Posts: 2,117
Layouts: 34
Loc: Colorado Springs

Posted: 1/19/2013 8:02:52 PM
Thanks peas! I have been looking at the gallery and watched a few videos... I guess just starting is going to be the my key to get moving again. It really is sad as I used to teach classes before my life got so crazy with kids and work that my mojo and my love for scrapbooking took a back seat. It is defiantly time for some me time!! We will see what happens tomorrow when I try to get started again.

Drama Pea

PeaNut 70,463
February 2003
Posts: 10,366
Layouts: 161
Loc: Pea-ing from Orlando, Fl.

Posted: 1/19/2013 9:35:38 PM
Hey hoagie- I too, just returned after a 5!!! Year break from scrapping and it's been daunting to be honest! So many new trends, products and people! But I just grabbed some of my old crap and jumped back in with a challenge and it's been fun!

After a five year break, I'm back baby!!! Now help Bellies get her Groove back....
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PeaNut 23,809
October 2001
Posts: 17,028
Layouts: 386
Loc: Just a short drive from Nashville, TN! (Yee-Haw Ya'll!)

Posted: 1/19/2013 10:13:22 PM
I'm also returning to making layouts after a few years of just making cards and mini-albums. I'm planning to look over all the layouts I've done and ask myself, "What's a vital part of our life-story that I've never documented?" I really want to start with the story first because as my hero Stacy Julian says, "If you're not careful, you can scrap all your photos and never scrap your story."


PeaNut 561,930
July 2012
Posts: 177
Layouts: 7
Loc: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Posted: 1/19/2013 11:51:04 PM
I think your putting to much thought into it. I say just sit down with your photos and let the memories roll in before you know it you will know what paper you would like to use or what embellishment you have in your stash tang will be just perfect. You don't have to have the latest and greatest product on the page to make an awesome layout. The layout will be awesome the moment you not down your memories of why you took that photo. Remember it's all about fun and just letting your creative juices flow. When all else fails there is always YouTube and Pinterest!

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PeaNut 284,715
November 2006
Posts: 53
Layouts: 27

Posted: 1/20/2013 12:27:05 AM
WELCOME BACK! I get the most inspiration from many of the videos they have here at 2peas!


PeaNut 267,237
July 2006
Posts: 722
Layouts: 0
Loc: Easton, Massachusetts

Posted: 1/20/2013 2:44:42 AM

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

Posted: 1/20/2013 3:13:58 AM
Shimelle a 4x6 series from 2011 still works for me in 2013
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