What to Do with Old, Ugly Layouts (Q&A)

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It’s Q&A month and I’m answering your biggest questions about life, business, and simple scrapbooking.

Q&A with Jennifer Wilson | What to Do with Old, Ugly Layouts

Do you ever look back at older layouts and cringe? What do you do with those?

Yes, I think we all do that. Anyone who has been scrapbooking for a length of time is bound to go through a style evolution, as trends change and your own skills grow.

However, I wouldn’t consider getting rid of a layout or re-scrapbooking a photo just because I was now unhappy with the design. That said, I might let a storytelling need guide me to scrapbooking a photo or story again.

Many of my older layouts don’t have a lot of journaling and I have felt compelled to get some of those stories told. I haven’t ventured in that direction, but can see myself combining an older more decorative layout with a new story-focused page.

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  1. Patty

    Oh my goodness. This sure brought back some memories and gave me a good laugh. Old, ugly layouts? I have two that are so bad they are conversation pieces at least a couple of times a year, No one who has seen these two pages ever forgets them. Would I change them? NEVER. These pages created another story beyond the original stories they were meant to represent AND they truly provide such joy and laughter they are beautiful in the most awful way, I do have other pages that, with the evolution of scrapbooking, I am just not all that happy with how they look today, but as i will never be caught up on my scrapbooking I will leave them as a sign of how i started my scrapbooking journey and how I have grown in my process over the years. Like Jennifer, some of my older pages don’t have much journaling and i would like to find the time to tell the story better.

  2. Anthea

    A have a lot of layouts in the old Creative Memories style, you know, border, corner and chop up the photo in a shape, Ughhhh!. These days if I don’t like what I’ve done, I rip it up and start again or I rescrap.

  3. Gab

    I actually like looking at my older LOs just to see how scrapbooking styles and trends have changed


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