When I (Karen) first began to explore digiscrapping, I had never paper scrapped. The only tools I had to get my started were Photoshop Elements (which I quickly discovered didn’t come with instructions) and one old scrapbooking magazine. Once I figured out the basics of how to create a layout, I was anxious to scrap practically every photo I’d ever taken. The problem was I wasn’t really sure what a good page should look like, so, naturally, I began by trying to design pages based on what I saw in that one magazine.
When I discovered sites like DigiShopTalk where people were discussing my new obsession, I realized that I’d been scraplifting without realizing it.
In a nutshell, scraplifting can run the gamut from a nearly identical copy (even using the same kit or supplies) of a layout created by someone else to a source of inspiration for overall composition, color scheme, title work or even just placement of a few key elements.
There are different schools of thought about scraplifting. Some scrappers find it difficult to be “boxed in” by another scrapper’s design. Others find it easier to use templates. Plenty (myself included) regularly turn to scraplifting when looking for inspiration.
There aren’t too many hard and fast rules when it comes to scraplifting. If you’re creating pages that you’ll never share with anyone other than your family, you can pretty much feel free lift away. If you plan to share your pages in online galleries, though, it’s considered proper etiquette to note that your page is a scraplift in your credits. If it’s not a complete lift, you can say “inspired by…” It’s especially nice to link to the original page (if it’s also posted online) and even to leave a comment or send a quick note the scrapper you’ve “lifted.” Most find it quite flattering to hear that someone’s found inspiration in their work!
One of my favorite aspects of scraplifting is that different layout artists can create so many different looks from the same original page.
To demonstrate what I mean, The Daily Digi artists decided to scraplift Janet’s favorite layout:
Check out different pages we created from Janet’s original:
CREDITS: Anne deJong Chromaphobia (kraft paper), Tracy Ann Robinson’s Autumn Blossom Aged papers, Tracy Ann Robinson’s Say it with Flowers, Janet Phillips A Little Eclectic template (altered), Miss Mint notebook paper strip, Diane Rigdon’s Brackets, Shabby Miss Jen’s hinge, Julia Makotinsky’s funky tag, Leora Sanford’s starter labels, Jacque Larson’s Cozy Crush alpha
CREDITS: Rachel Young Glee, fonts are CK footnote and Fontologie Giggles
CREDITS: Amy Wolff’s Downtown Loft from The Digi Files #7, CD Muckosky’s Serendipity font
CREDITS: Date Stamps by Amber Clegg, Stamped Bracket by Amber Clegg, Falling for You by Gina Cabrera, Zig Zag Stitches by Anna Aspnes, Basic Neutrals Papers by Dúnia (me), Word Art from Curiouser & Curiouser by Paislee Press
CREDITS: Stephanie 2 word art, Darcy Baldwin Christy font and Julie Makotinsky Awaiting Autumn kit from The Digi Files #7; Mira Designs Teeny Tiny Typewriter alpha; Audrey Neal Distressed Alpha; Lauren Grier Layered Up in You Edges and Snips; Lauren Reid Big Ol’ Bracket, Cut Ups and Old Trim Stamps; Two Sisters Artist’s Canvas paint; My Four Hens photo actions; Taylor Made Clearly Stuck tape
If you’re looking for scraplifting challenges to try, Sweet Shoppe Designs, The DigiChick, Scrapbook Graphics and Funky Playground Designs all offer regular challenges — some with prizes or points toward store discounts! There are also blogs that are devoted to scraplifting. A favorite of mine has been Scrapjacked. One of Steph’s favorites, which is no longer doing challenges, but still a great source for inspiration and liftable layotus is Lifts With a Twist. Of course, you can always just browse the galleries for a layout that inspires you or even find an old one of your own to lift!