Discussing … templates

Jennifer Wilson

I’m your guide here at Simple Scrapper. Our community helps people find what fills you up and fits your life in memory keeping.

July 31, 2009

Clearly, I’m a big fan of templates. If you hang around here, I’m guessing you might like them as well. But what does using a template really mean? How does it compare to a scraplift?  I am thinking about issues related to creative ownership and ethics here.

So, let’s discuss!

  • Why do you use templates? Is it for better design or to save time?
  • Do you ever feel guilty using a template?
  • Does the use of a template change how you view someone’s layout?
  • Designers – Do you judge prospective CT members on their template use?

Join our Creative Community

Enjoying Simple Scrapper and the Scrapbook Your Way podcast? The next step is to become a member. You’ll get access to weekly Zoom crops, bimonthly retreats, and a huge content library!

You May Also Like…

Simple Tip Saturday with Jennifer Larson

As part of our Simple Tip Saturday series this year, I'm inviting fresh voices into the mix. Today we're hearing from Simple Scrapper team member Jennifer Larson with her simple tip. What is one way you simplify scrapbooking? I use formulas for...

Scrapbooking the Holidays with a Simple Photo Album

This year I wasn't going to do any holiday scrapbooking. Maybe a layout after the fact, but I had it in my mind to simplify to the extreme. After doing December Daily™ for three years in a row (see 2011, 2012) and having a big year, I felt I needed...


  1. Dorothy

    I wasn’t always a fan of templates, but just lately I needed to scrap in a hurry and used templates. I now love them. I do feel a little guilt about using them…you know kinda like cheating, but once you start changing things it becomes your own. I also like to use them as a base to start with or when I have lost my scrapping mojo.

  2. Brittany

    I love templates!!!! I don’t see them as cheating at all, they help you to get that mojo flowing, and act as a source of inspiration.
    As a designer I don’t judge prospective CT members on their use of templates. I want my CT members to be inspired and scrap whatever they like. If a template inspires them, then by all means scrap with it! A template is really just that: a template. You make it your own as soon as you start scrapping!
    One thing I do look for in my templates is if they can be used for CU – that is very important.
    @amymom24 – That is a great thread, thanks for sharing!

  3. Erica

    Templates are a great thing, I don’t judge scrappers who use templates, but I am not a designer. I think the problem is when the scrapper uses only templates, this is not good. I used templates for a while, but suddenly I couldn’t use them anymore neither doing scraplifts. I don’t know why. There is one year I am like this. So sad when I am not inspired.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.