Go Ahead, Give Yourself Permission to CHEAT

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When I first started getting involved in digital scrapbooking communities in 2004, there were only a handful of digital designers that sold their designs. There were resources and online classes in many places to learn how to design elements and papers. I thought that I needed to create all of my own papers and embellishments in order for a layout to really be mine. I thought it was cheating to use supplies created by someone else. I did use items created by other people once in a while, to speed the process up, but the layouts that I wanted to truly be MINE, were mine from start to finish! The above layout is one of those layouts and I still love it today!

Then, I evolved and realized that I didn’t LOVE making papers, nor did my papers turn out quite as well as some of the designs I could purchase. So, I stopped making stuff for the most part and bought the gorgeous supplies I used on layouts from talented designers. About this time was also when LOTS of people started designing, so my options on supplies got much larger as well.

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Layout, as seen in Digital Scrapbooking Magazine, stitched arrow, ‘M’ and papers from The Shabby Shoppe; stitched doodle alpha unknown.

Every layout that I made from then on pretty much, used supplies created by other people. A lot of my layouts created during that time I still love…even today.

Then, layered templates came on the digital market, but silly me, I thought it was cheating to use a template, because the layout wasn’t really MINE if I used a template…it was cheating! Then, something happened and I started using templates more. The more I used them, the more I discovered that I can make a layout my own, even if I use a template as a starting point. I realized that I could delete layers, flip the whole template, rotate part of it, and have a completely different look! I started giving myself permission to use templates more often. I still love my layouts created using templates, even years later!

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Papers and sticker by Mindy Teresewa at Designer Digitals, button and ribbon by Angedawn (no longer available).

After our move this past summer, we left the scrapbooks I had made over the years in storage tubs, but we finally pulled them out this past week. I don’t think we realized how much we had missed them (okay, I knew I had missed them, but the rest of the family…I’m not so sure)! It was thrilling to see that my family loved the scrapbook pages I have created too (and missed them)! They went through the albums and we talked about all of the memories on the different pages, they laughed and even sighed. I am so glad that I evolved and gave myself permission to cheat, because in the end….it’s the memories that matter most!!

P.S. Corinne was the random winner from the Catscrap post yesterday! She won $10 of product from Catscrap! This is what she said: “Love the Innovative kit- great for my baby boy, and I also really like the About a Boy kit which I ‘m sure will be great for my little man as he gets older.”

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