Have you ever heard the term scraplifting? If you are an avid scrapbooker like myself, you probably have. If you are just getting started, then it is a great way to spark your own creative energy! It basically means to look at someone else’s work and copy all or part of it for your own layout!
I have to admit that I am a scraplifting junkie. I find so much inspiration looking at other scrappers’ layouts and then turning it into my own creation. There are some days where I can sit down and create a beautiful, original layout that comes all from my own head, and then there are other days where I just think, “I really need to get online for 20 minutes, and then I will feel inspired!”
I’ve realized too, that this is a compliment in the scrapbooking world if someone tells you that they have scraplifted your layout. This has happened to me, and let me tell you, it feels so good to think that someone loves your work so much that they want to copy you! Haven’t you heard the expression, “Imitation is the best form of flattery?” So true!
Of course, you never want to take all the credit yourself if you scraplift someone else’s layout. But, you can definitely put your own twist on a layout to make it your own. If you do decide to scraplift, give credit where credit is due. In this modern day of scrapping, so many people have blogs, websites, and post their layouts on scrapbooking websites that it is fun to show off what we have created. However, I believe in the scrapbooking world, you should always use proper etiquette and give a shout out to that other scrapper that inspired you!
You could do this by posting a link to the original, or just merely mentioning the magazine you got it from, or the person’s name who was the original scrapbooker. Last, it never hurts to thank that person by email, message, or whatever way for giving you the inspiration. They will probably be flattered, and impressed that you thought to thank them for the ideas! You could always follow these instructions and scraplift your own ideas! Check back for tips on how to make a scraplift your own.