Feeling uninspired?Â Unmotivated?Â Lacking in creativity?Â It happens to all of us!
For me, it happens quite a bit during the holidays.Â In a world full of green and red, snowy pictures and layouts that are all about what happens in November and December, sometimes I’m just stuck.Â Enter the “scraplift”.Â If I were to find the definition of scraplift in the dictionary it would probably read something like this:
Â scraplift:Â v. to borrow ideas from another through the use of paper
Give yourself permission to find a layout you love and scraplift it.Â I can almost guarantee it will cure what ails you.Â You’ll find it’ll be easier to choose what paper to use, what embellishment works best, and will probably finish more quickly.Â And you’ll be proud of your work, too!
You can scraplift the entire page, piece by piece, the general feeling the page gives, or the colors depicted.Â You can borrow a small portion of the page, either the title or technique.Â You can rotate the sketch, alter it and use it on a different page size.Â Use a layout idea on a card, and vice versa.Â The possibilities are endless.
So, the next time you are feeling the crunch, search your favorite gallery, magazine or blog and find and idea to borrow.Â If I were to scraplift a layout right this minute, I’d choose this one posted on the American Crafts blog by Amy Heller.
I just love the strips of patterned paper, especiallyÂ since they are in reverse ROYGBIV!
Note:Â There are right and wrong ways to scraplift, too.Â The biggest issue is giving proper credit to the person you borrowed from.Â If the layout is going in your personal album, never to be posted on the internet, then don’t worry.Â If you do post it to your blog or your favorite gallery be sure to say something like “scraplifted from” or “inspired by” with a link to the original.Â
Have you scraplifted anything lately?Â What are yourÂ favorite places to search for ideas?