To do it, or not to do it? That is the question. No really, I am here to talk to you today about scraplifting. What it is, why people do it, and is it okay. Let us start out with what scraplifiting actually is. I understand that most people in the scrappy world will know what this is. Maybe even by looking at the word you can figure it out. Not to take for granted that everyone does, I am going to explain it to you. I remember being new to the whole thing and blog posts and forums taking for granted that there are some people out there that might not know what certain things in our little scrappy world mean. Or if it is okay to do these things or not. So, what is scraplifiting.
Scraplifting (skrap-lift-ing) – The act of copying ideas and designs from another person’s scrapbook page to use in your own pages. Designs or ideas can be copied in whole or in part and is largely subjective.
Pretty straight forward, right? Let me go ahead and say it. If you google scraplifting, look around the forums, or ask the question about scraplifiting, you are going to get all kinds of answers. Those answers will be from one extreme to another. This is only my take and opinion on it.
Is scraplifiting okay? Yes! You can find inspiration in many things. Advertisements, magazine articles, TV commercial, or other people’s layouts themselves are just a few examples. I have a entire board on my pinterest devoted to amazing layouts that I might scraplift or that I just wish I had those kind of skills. Get out there and look! There is inspiration everywhere.
Why would someone want to scraplift?
- Scrapping block: this is kind of like writer’s block but for us scrappers. Sometimes you might just be lacking the mojo to scrap. That doesn’t mean you don’t want to. It just means you are having a hard time pulling your own creative out and scrapping it. I always suggest when that happens to look around your favorite gallery. There is inspiration galore out there.
- You are new to scrapping: I hate to tell new scrappers to try templates. I LOVE templates. I use them a lot! That being said, I wish that I had started scrapping without them to start with. Scraplifiting is a good place to start. It can help give you an idea of composition. The more you scrap, the more you learn!
- Time: Let us be honest. How many of us are on creative teams or scrapping for a gift & have time crunches? Scraplifiting is a great way to get that idea formed & scrapping quickly.
These are just a few of the reasons one might scraplift. That being said, there are some unwritten rules when it comes to scraplifiting. You might find that some galleries have actual rules for that. So, make sure you check those out before posting in the galleries.
- GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE! Simple as that. Do you have to? Maybe not. It isn’t nice though to take someone else’s idea and say it is your own. I, personally, link up the layout I scraplifted in the credit comments. Imitation is a good form of flattery. Let them know you love their work and give them credit!
- It is not okay to scraplift for money or publication: Pretty much self explanatory. It is stealing if you scraplift someone else’s idea and use it as your own to get money or published.
So, is it okay? Sure. Will you find others that say it isn’t? sure! Get out there & get looking for some inspriation. I can say some of my most favorite layouts where from scraplifiting. True story! If you are in a rut, look no further and Amanda’s gallery. Seriously. There are some great ideas over in her gallery. Don’t take my word for it. Check out below for just a few great scraplifiting ideas. Remember…give credit where credit is due!
This is just my opinion on the matter. Me giving you some scrappy advise. Don’t agree with scraplifting, do agree with it, or have more ideas as to why and why not? Let us know! We love to hear everyone’s thoughts on anything scrappy! Scraplifted something from Amanda’s gallery or using Amanda’s goodies? Link us up! Not only do we like to hear what you have to say, we love to see what you are scrapping!!