You may remember that I wrote a series on scraplifting when I hosted for Write.Click.Scrapbook in January. I talked about how scraplifting is an awesome way to blast through scrapper's block, combat perfectionism and overwhelm, and in general get your scrapbooking jump-started.
I still think that's true!
Today, Katie sent me a link to a blog post where blogger Jill says that "Scraplifting Sucks as a Roadblock Solution." Of course, everyone is entitled to her own opinion... but of course, I disagree! Jill's main point is (quoting):
- <<It doesn’t combat being overwhelmed by choice. You still have to choose a layout to scraplift. The sheer number of viewable layouts online and in magazines is utterly mind blowing. You could spend literally weeks sifting through layouts.
- It doesn’t address the issue of perfectionism. If you’re searching for the perfectlayout to scrap lift, you might not end up finding it. “That one looks good….hmmm but if I just keep looking I might just find a BETTER layout to scraplift”.
- It doesn’t discount the distraction factor. If I’m online searching for the perfect layout to scraplift, I might just forget what I’m doing for a moment, click on a link that looks interesting and end up reading about the earthquake devastation in Chile for the next two hours.>>
Obviously it's not going to work if you don't use it. Just as the book "Flat Belly Diet!" is doing me absolutely no good sitting on my shelf if I don't actually READ and USE it.
So I wrote the following response to Jill:
Thanks for bringing up this topic – I think it’s a valuable discussion to have.
We live in a world of abundance. We all have too much product, too many distractions, too many photos, too many ideas… and a lot of it is free or close to it!
I still maintain that scraplifting can help the issues you mentioned — overwhelm, distraction, perfectionism — if you put some rails on yourself. No solution is going to work on its own — it takes input and discipline from the user! Just as a diet won’t work if you don’t impose the calorie restrictions or follow the exercise suggestions, scraplifting (or any “system,” for that matter) won’t get you scrapbooking without some decisions:
1. OVERWHELM/PERFECTIONISM. Tell yourself you’ve got three minutes to find a layout to lift.
2. DISTRACTION. Don’t search online — I keep a binder full of ideas for pages, torn from magazines, so I can’t get distracted by checking links or going on an endless rabbit trail. Or limit yourself to ONE gallery, or ONE PAGE in ONE GALLERY, to find the layout you like. And promise yourself that you won’t follow any links until you finish your page!
If anyone needing this still needs more motivation or help, or has any questions, pop over to my blog! I’ll be glad to help you out. And consider joining us for the next round of Layout A Day in May. Creating a layout a day is a surefire way to blast through scrapper’s block.
One final thing — if you truly don’t feel like scrapbooking, give yourself a break! Scrapbooking isn’t a life sentence. It should be fun and enjoyable. But sometimes we all just need to get away and take a break so we can return with new energy and perspective.
Thanks again for bringing up this fantastic topic!>>
Now, what do you think? Have you tried scraplifting? Does it work for you? Why/why not?