Over the past few weeks, I have been enjoying blog posts from many friends out there recapping their favorite layouts in 2013. I was not on the ball enough to think of doing a post like that before the end of the year, but it did inspire me in a different way.
January is already proving to be a very busy month for me and it’s getting harder and harder to keep things up here. I needed some help so I went through my layouts from 2013 and selected a few favorites to scraplift. Why recreate the wheel when you can borrow your own ideas?
Over the next few posts, I’ll be sharing the new layouts I created in my very limited free time based on these favorites:
Loved the design. Not loving the subject as my birthday is coming up again. As the story goes, in 2013 I decided to stop counting them. At least that BIG one is out of the way. But still. Not counting. Anymore. Moving right along…
Still loving the pattern paper strips. And the twine swirls. And the wood veneer stars. Yep, still a favorite.
How about a 2-pager? Color me surprised. Double pagers aren’t usually favorites in the grand scheme but I love the row of photos on the right. And I loved that paper collection. Not sure that I’ll be making another 2-pager, but we’ll just have to see.
And finally this one. The grid. Gotta love a good grid!
Once upon a time, there were some negatives surrounding the idea of scraplifting. Most of it was associated with being published in magazines, work created for contests and occasionally work submitted for design team spots. But now that the publishing world has changed, the contests are a thing of the past and there is just so much inspiration out there coming at us from all directions, I don’t think people are all that shocked anymore that someone wouldn’t always create a layout from scratch.
I’m sure designers still do for the most part, but they are compensated (in one way or another) for it. I do this for fun, for free and for me. I don’t care where the inspiration comes from, I am just happy there is plenty of inspiration to choose from.
So in this busy (and my most favorite) month, I am going to get a little help and not recreate the wheel for my next few layouts. I’ll take each of the layouts above in turn and scraplift them in some form or fashion. Sounds like fun, right? I hope you will join me and maybe you’ll be inspired to look at your own work and give yourself a break by scraplifting your own pages.
Thanks for stopping by today!