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PeaNut 446,010
November 2009
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Loc: Ankeny, Iowa

Posted: 5/4/2013 8:51:38 PM
What do you do when you discover half way through your process that you really don't like the page you started to create. Scrap it all and start over, or start changing stuff to get it to something you like?
This happened to a page I worked on yesterday. I don't want to waste all the work I've already done, but can't put my finger on what I don't like about it. I've decided for now to sit on it and maybe tackle it another day when I'm up for the challenge.


PeaNut 535,838
January 2012
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Posted: 5/4/2013 9:00:00 PM
This happened to me last night! Ugh. I just started changing stuff until I liked it. It look me like hours to do a very simple LO. But, if that doesn't work I will put aside and come back another time.


PeaNut 516,416
August 2011
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Posted: 5/4/2013 9:02:37 PM
I usually walk away and come back to it later on with "fresh eyes". I scrap late at night when things are calmer here. I know sometimes there is just something wrong with a layout, but can't figure out what it is. In the morning, I can look at it and sometimes a little change will make a big difference. I have been using my Scrap N Easel for layouts, so thankfully nothing is glued down. The last layout I did this with, I realized it was the background paper that I did not like. Once I changed that, everything else clicked.


PeaNut 251,639
March 2006
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Posted: 5/4/2013 9:03:32 PM
I put it aside...


PeaNut 8,421
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Posted: 5/4/2013 9:29:24 PM
If I can't figure out what I don't like I put it aside. If I know what I don't like I 'll try to rework it. Sometimes you just have to finish it and let it go. I'm trying to not be so critical of my pages.

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PeaNut 83,420
April 2003
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Loc: Hawaii

Posted: 5/4/2013 9:33:00 PM
This is why my love affair with double-sided tape continues. It makes pulling it all apart and starting over again guilt-free.

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PeaNut 262,757
May 2006
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Posted: 5/4/2013 9:34:46 PM
Walk away.

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PeaNut 263,641
June 2006
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Posted: 5/4/2013 9:41:56 PM
I usually play around with it for while until I like it, but if I'm still having trouble and nothing seems to be coming together, I walk away from it for a while. Usually, when I get back to it with "fresh eyes" as another poster said (good description!), I can usually change it so that I like it. It could be anywhere from an hour up to a day or two (or even a week) later.

As a matter of fact, I had been really struggling with a particular LO for the past week and had left it all laid out on my scrap table. At some point, I was struck by the idea of leafing through some of my older 6x6 paper pads. Two patterned papers from a 7 gypsies pad just jumped out at me. I changed out the background from a weird gray-green solid cardstock that I was trying to make work and used a kraft background instead, and it's now finally coming together just right.


PeaNut 553,290
May 2012
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Layouts: 0
Loc: NJ

Posted: 5/4/2013 9:44:45 PM
This has only ever happened to me once and that was recently. I ripped the pic off the paper and throw it all away except for the pic!!! I am really struggling with mojo lately for LO. I'm having no problem making cards though..Go figure

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PeaNut 494,372
January 2011
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Layouts: 173
Loc: Wisconsin

Posted: 5/4/2013 10:03:45 PM
I walk away from it and play with it later. Sometimes, I email it to a scrappy friend for suggestions too. Sometimes a different perspective is helpful.

Cat E. Clysm

PeaNut 107,256
September 2003
Posts: 1,253
Layouts: 0
Loc: Northern California

Posted: 5/4/2013 10:06:12 PM
Throw it away and start over.

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 34,233
March 2002
Posts: 5,640
Layouts: 100
Loc: MN

Posted: 5/4/2013 10:06:16 PM
I mess around with it for awhile. If nothing works, then I put it aside and come back to it later.

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PeaNut 104,247
August 2003
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Loc: The OC

Posted: 5/4/2013 10:25:10 PM
I usually play around with it for a while. If I still don't like it I probably never will, so I just start over.

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PeaNut 541,651
February 2012
Posts: 711
Layouts: 10
Loc: iowa

Posted: 5/4/2013 10:39:42 PM
This just happened to me a little while ago and I walked away and came upstairs for the night... I will deal with it later.


PeaNut 430,494
July 2009
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Layouts: 44

Posted: 5/4/2013 10:45:01 PM
I usually tweak it until I like it. I am not sure that I ever completely threw out a layout.


PeaNut 261,868
May 2006
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Loc: NoVa

Posted: 5/4/2013 10:51:07 PM
This happens to me all the time - hence the many unfinished pages on my desk.

I've done a little bit of everything you wrote in your post, but I think the first thing to do is set it aside and come back to it in a day or two or even a week. When you look at it with fresh eyes you may be able to figure out what wasn't working for you and make some changes without redoing everything. Or maybe you come up with an even better idea after a day or two and start over.

Great thing about a hobby is it doesn't really matter what you do as long as you're having fun with it.


PeaNut 446,010
November 2009
Posts: 9
Layouts: 11
Loc: Ankeny, Iowa

Posted: 5/4/2013 10:54:21 PM
Thanks for all the responses everyone, I really appreciate your advice. I see I'm not the only that has had this happen. Sounds like giving it some "fresh eyes" and switching some things around might be the first thing to try. If it still doesn't make me happy, then I'll start over. At the end of the day, it's a hobby that makes me happy and if this page doesn't, nothing is lost on starting over with something new.

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PeaNut 185,443
January 2005
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Layouts: 211

Posted: 5/4/2013 11:16:13 PM
This recently happened on a layout that I was working on. Honestly, I would take up all the things that I could and start over. I often don't glue things down until I see them in place and know that I like a project. But with the last layout I actually glued stuff down. And what I could pull up I did but then I ripped the background paper (which was white cardstock) so I had to start the layout over again anyway. This doesn't always happened but this time it did.

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PeaNut 41,800
July 2002
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Layouts: 660
Loc: Arizona

Posted: 5/4/2013 11:17:09 PM
I just change stuff around.


PeaNut 453,240
January 2010
Posts: 40
Layouts: 1
Loc: WA

Posted: 5/4/2013 11:20:37 PM
Unfortunately I tend to put them aside, and they stay aside for a long time.


PeaNut 515,147
July 2011
Posts: 739
Layouts: 0
Loc: MS

Posted: 5/4/2013 11:24:33 PM
I make that sucker work in spite of my feelings. I had that problem tonight but that is the first page I have managed to scrap in weeks and I was determined not to waste any time. So I just moved somw stuff around until I could live with it. Time is a precious commidity at my house. I have to scrap when my dd naps or after she is in bed for the night. I cant be overthinking things lol

And I like the LO well enough now. It's not my favorite ever but it is cute and well done so I am happy with that. I used to just start over but man that was eating up my free time!!



PeaNut 446,010
November 2009
Posts: 9
Layouts: 11
Loc: Ankeny, Iowa

Posted: 5/4/2013 11:42:45 PM
Well... yesterday I was at a crop and had the attitude of "glue and go" so I could try to get more accomplishment. So unfortunately everything is glued down so there's no moving around. Just adding on top of what's around on the page. Usually I don't glue stuff down until I'm happy with the layout. I'm thinking maybe I should go back to that process, lol.

Manic Mom of 2

PeaNut 274,243
August 2006
Posts: 11,866
Layouts: 473
Loc: Northeast

Posted: 5/5/2013 12:36:26 AM
I try Towle changes I can live with. I did 3 challenges and to be honest I wasn't thrilled with any of them, but the are all fine!

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PeaNut 407,397
January 2009
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Loc: Sunny Florida

Posted: 5/5/2013 12:48:34 AM
Set it aside and come back to it later.

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PeaNut 154,780
June 2004
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Layouts: 162
Loc: Poland

Posted: 5/5/2013 3:50:31 AM
I take it apart and start again. If I really don't like it half way through, I won't like it finished.


PeaNut 508,466
May 2011
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Layouts: 188
Loc: Sweden

Posted: 5/5/2013 4:02:06 AM
I usually try to change things while working on it, if I realise it's not to my liking. If I can't get it fixed at that point, I try to set it aside and come back to it another day with fresh eyes. If I still can't get it sorted, then I'll pull things apart and try something else, although I don't often have to resort to that last step. But in the end, I'd much rather be happy with my work than not.

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 160,610
August 2004
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Layouts: 90

Posted: 5/5/2013 4:31:37 AM
I agree let it marinate and see if you can work with the LO and a later time, if not I'd scrap ot and redo it. I've done this many times. I've always liked to new results. Good luck.



PeaNut 564,344
August 2012
Posts: 198
Layouts: 56
Loc: Germany

Posted: 5/5/2013 5:52:30 AM
this just happened to me 3 weeks ago... when it're really obvious that the page can't be saved I do this:

- try to find out, what went wrong (and hopefully don't make the same mistake again

-safe as much of the supplies as possible , like pulling off the thickers

-start again, but not immediately, but a few days or weeks later

interesting to see, what others do, when something like that happens^^


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PeaNut 497,330
January 2011
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Loc: Where the polar bears live

Posted: 5/5/2013 6:03:37 AM
I will wait a few days, and if I still don't like it, I will start from scratch.


PeaNut 544,018
February 2012
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Layouts: 1

Posted: 5/5/2013 6:06:13 AM
I put it away, and come back to it later. Sometimes much (months!) later. I know if I keep futzing with it, I will just get more agitated and mess it up, but if I see it with new eyes at a later date, I might have new insight on how to make it what I want it to be.

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PeaNut 88,718
May 2003
Posts: 806
Layouts: 34
Loc: Austin area

Posted: 5/5/2013 7:56:39 AM
This happens to me on 90% of my layouts. I just move stuff around until I'm happy. When in doubt I add more stuff.

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PeaNut 395,153
October 2008
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Layouts: 139
Loc: Here

Posted: 5/5/2013 8:24:18 AM
Usually I try to just make it work or I come back to it later and see what I can do to "fix" it.

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PeaNut 281,758
October 2006
Posts: 1,776
Layouts: 15
Loc: in a twister

Posted: 5/5/2013 8:54:53 AM
I leave it for awhile and comeback later. Sometimes then it either looks ok to me or I can see it with fresh eyes and know what it needs.

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PeaNut 477,798
August 2010
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Layouts: 49

Posted: 5/5/2013 8:57:35 AM
This happens to me a lot, and usually once I finish the page I end up liking it. The ones that I don't like once they're finished, I just move on to the next layout and don't worry about them. A few duds are part of every creative process.


PeaNut 276,065
September 2006
Posts: 1,050
Layouts: 9
Loc: Vermont

Posted: 5/5/2013 9:38:57 AM
Life and scrappy time time are too short..dump it or make it in to cards


PeaNut 563,248
August 2012
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Layouts: 0
Loc: Florida

Posted: 5/5/2013 9:50:53 AM
I wouldn't scrap it you put a lot of time into it and time is money. Take a break, eat some chocolate, and then look at it.
If you decide that there is nothing about it you like, pull it apart or just take off the items that you want and start over.
If you decide rhat you like some parts, keep those and see if you can pull off the parts you don't like and go from there.
I hope you let us know what you did and post it.
Good Luck, Melissa

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

Posted: 5/5/2013 10:49:54 AM
I walk away for a bit, then go back and try to change it up. If that doesn't work it gets pulled apart and started again. If all else fails, it's trashed and a new one started.

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PeaNut 48,314
September 2002
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Posted: 5/5/2013 11:00:28 AM
I finish it off quickly and move on to the next page.


PeaNut 224,793
September 2005
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Posted: 5/5/2013 11:11:14 AM
I did that recently. I like the background. I like the stacked papers. But I did not like them together. Just did not look right. So I very carefully pried off the stacked papers from the background. They stayed together and everything. I put them aside for another layout. Then I took the background I had already started and liked and continued on. I really like my finished product much better. Now I have 2 layouts I like instead of one I am not quite happy with.


PeaNut 248,678
February 2006
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Loc: Colorado

Posted: 5/5/2013 11:16:40 AM
Well I have so many pictures that I don't have time to redo them. I usually like what I do but the last four layouts have not been ones that I love. I know what the problem is but really don't know how to change it. (Maybe I will post asking the peas.)

Like others have mentioned, figure out what it was that you didn't like and try to not to do that again. What is funny is my DD loved one of the ones I didn't.



PeaNut 334,300
August 2007
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Posted: 5/5/2013 11:54:47 AM
I try two quick fixes and if they don't work, I put it aside until later or remove the photos and start over:

1. If they aren't already, I mat the photos on white cardstock. It seems that I like my photos to pop and adding the white helps that happen (For me. Everyone is different.) I find that it helps with the patterns or colors that I have chosen to give a bit of a breather between the photos and the papers. Of course, not everyone would agree. My sister, for example, prefers her photos to be matted on black!

2. I outline papers like mercytiara. I have done this for a very long time and I was happy to see that mercytiara did it, too! It made me feel like I was doing something that a "real" scrapper does. LOL! For me, it makes my papers feel like they are anchored on the page or are delineated between the patterns.

I remember something that Shimelle/GG said in a video one time: She said that if something is wrong and you can't figure it out, look to see if you are mixing white based papers with cream based papers. If you are, switch one of them out and see if that fixes the problem for you. Of course, she said it much more eloquently than I am!


PeaNut 263,641
June 2006
Posts: 285
Layouts: 1
Loc: Virginia

Posted: 5/5/2013 12:59:12 PM
Oooh, I forgot to mention another thing I do when something isn't quite coming together the way I want, but I can't put my finger on what needs to be changed -- I browse through the gallery here for ideas! I'll usually search by theme, but sometimes I'll look by color, or technique, or whatever I think isn't working on my existing LO. Does that make sense?

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PeaNut 272,954
August 2006
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Posted: 5/5/2013 1:10:59 PM
I set it aside and think about it for awhile. Usually I scrap some other pictures until I feel ready to go back to it. I don't actually glue anything down permanently till I am happy with a layout, so it's easy to adapt and change things if I don't like the way it is going.

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PeaNut 520,709
September 2011
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Posted: 5/5/2013 3:59:29 PM
I finish it. And I come to it a bit later and try to add or cover something to make it look a bit better. It's not perfect in the end but at least I scrapped that particular photo and I'm glad. Cause I know that when I open it in a couple of months I would see the story and the photo and not the "bad" page. More or less.

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PeaNut 533,982
December 2011
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Layouts: 162
Loc: Queenstown, New Zealand

Posted: 5/5/2013 4:08:48 PM
I try and fix it, and sometimes I finish it as a memory is better recorded than not. I've been inspired a lot by Lilith Eecles lately, who lays a lot of paper and embellishments down before sticking and committing.

Recently I re-scrapped a page the I really wasn't happy with, it was a photo of my DD on her birthday and the page wasn't doing the photo justice... I have another page I'm not happy with, but I'm holding off re-scrapping it, I keep looking at it to be sure, as I have so many other memories I want to scrap. I'm trying to decide whether I really do need to start over.


PeaNut 517,189
August 2011
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Layouts: 271
Loc: Georgia

Posted: 5/5/2013 4:40:02 PM
Sometimes I just stop and ad it to my album like it is and scrapbook a second copy of the photos on a new page. Other times I will just chunk it. I will take off any good embellishments though before tossing it. No sense in throwing those away.
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PeaNut 146,398
May 2004
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Posted: 5/5/2013 5:57:06 PM
I'm like DebbiePeas- I push through and finish it. No big deal.

One of my earliest LO's was one I wasn't happy with at the time, and now I think it's the cutest thing! So glad I left it as is.

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PeaNut 146,398
May 2004
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Posted: 5/5/2013 6:30:37 PM
I'm like DebbiePeas- I push through and finish it. No big deal.

One of my earliest LO's was one I wasn't happy with at the time, and now I think it's the cutest thing! So glad I left it as is.

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PeaNut 47,586
September 2002
Posts: 321
Layouts: 0
Loc: Midwest

Posted: 5/5/2013 8:57:10 PM
Let it sit, come back to it later!
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PeaNut 528,676
November 2011
Posts: 477
Layouts: 169
Loc: Twin Cities, MN

Posted: 5/5/2013 9:06:58 PM
Happened to me yesterday for one of the challenges. I just finish it up and leave it at that. It just won't ever be a page I like!
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