As scrapbookers, we spend an inordinate amount of time looking for inspiration for our pages, we browse Pinterest, online galleries, magazines for ads and layouts to give us ideas, but have you ever thought about taking out your albums or looking through your own galleries for inspiration?

Celeste Smith

This is not only a great way to reuse an idea that you love, but you could also reinvent a layout that might not have come out the way you expected.

As a paper scrapper who has been embracing digital, I’m finding scraplifting myself is a great way to set up a template and get a page started.

Here is my original paper layout…

And here is my digital lift..

Another technique I like to employ is changing the design from 8.5×11 to 12×12. This makes the design look very different!

Here is my original layout…

And here you can see it as a 12X12…

You might hesitate to try this because you may be afraid that the pages will look too similar. Remember the pages most likely will not be right next to each other in your albums. Also, you don’t have to scraplift the entire layout, you can just use it as a starting point or choose a couple elements to reuse. Another idea would be to flip the design, rotate it, stretch it or shrink it. You could turn a multi-photo page into a single photo page or vice versa.

Pull out an old album or flip through your online gallery, find a page you love and use it as inspiration for your next page. It’s a simple and easy way to get started on a new layout!

Celeste Smith lives in Connecticut with her husband Terry, her two mischievous boys Adam (9) and Sam (7), and a spooky, old cat named Woody. She works in the insurance industry by day and spends her evenings reading, crafting with her sons, and scrapbooking. Formerly an ambassador for Simple Scrapbooks magazine, Celeste currently designs for, Two Peas in a Bucket Digital, Sweet Shoppe Designs, Gennifer Bursett, and Jenni Bowlin. Celeste regularly guest teaches seminars at Masterful Scrapbook Design. For years, Celeste was an 8.5×11 paper scrapper, but over the past year she has embraced digital scrapbooking as well as the square. Celeste runs a daily inspiration blog and gathers ideas and free printables from around the Internet for her readers.

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1 Comment

  1. PatriciaD

    Great ideas. Thanks for sharing. I like the idea of looking back at my own pages and scraplifting myself. Great way to get yourself going when you’ve hit a wall.


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