Where do you get ideas for your books?

United States
April 12, 2007 7:39am CST
I was wondering where you get ideas for your scrapbooks? Do you use idea books? And if so do you copy it exactly the same? When I first started scrapbooking I would go to crops. I would watch these women copy pages exactly the same. They would spend two hours on a two page spread. It baffles my mind. What is the longest about of time that you spen on a two page spread? I stick with the motto that the pictures are the most important part of the page. What do you think?
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@mrsturner (519)
• Canada
17 Apr 07
I too think that the pictures are the most important part of the page - well, that and the journaling. I get alot of my ideas from magazines and books, but the finished product is never the same as I use them for inspiration, but don't copt them exactly. Alot of pages that make it into the books are too visually cluttered for my taste. Unfortunately, it takes me alot of time to finish a page. Sometimes days. My kids are up from 6 AM till 8:30 PM and rarely nap at the same time.
• United States
17 Apr 07
It is hard when you have little ones to find time for much of anything. But keep your pictues in order take notes and they will keep till you are ready for them. You can find inspiration from lots of things and there may be one little thing I take from this page another from a card. Sounds like your spending too much time per page you need to come over and I will teach you the wham bam thank you method! lol
@dopey22girl (3324)
• United States
16 Apr 07
Usually I come up with my own ideas, but sometimes when I buy a kit or something it has ideas on it, and I do copy those sometimes. It takes me quite a while sometimes just to make a page, which is why when I do get around to scrapbooking I only get 2-3 pages done in a session. It is very time-consuming, but the end product is great! I have been meaning to go to crops, unfortunately I always seem to be working when they are going on lol.
• United States
17 Apr 07
wow I did 6 pages tonight and I spent 35 min. I do have all of my pictures in order so that really helps. By the week end I will be current in all 3 of my books. I have one for each of my boys and a Diseny book. After that I will start working an random pages to buil dup my stock pile of pages. Maybe I will do a scrapbooking camp. I love kits Stampin up makes geat ones and I use them so much. Make it really fast.
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
16 Apr 07
There is a website that has several ideas and it is also a tv show on PBS on Saturdays. Here is the website. www.scrapbookmemoriestv.com
• United States
16 Apr 07
cool thanks for the unfo!
@SukiSmiles (1998)
• United States
30 Sep 08
Wow, this was posted a year ago! Anyway, I like to look through magazines and books, but rarely do I copy a layout exactly. I like to change it up and have it fit my style. The longest I have ever spent on a two page layout was probably about 3-4 hours, but that's because I was recreating a family tree with specialized pulls on one of the pages. I wish I had a copy to post on here. It was a really neat spread that I did for my grandfather's 90th birthday celebration. I don't usually spend so much time, but I had to engineer the thing.
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
12 Jul 08
I've seen a few scrapbook on TV. But when I started my grandson's last year,I did it on my own, my way. It was a football theme for High School. I started off with him as the main page getting to graduation. Then, I made each page a part of his life, with newspaper articles written about him and the team, putting in pictures of those games, the scores, etc. I ended with him graduating and going on to college. My granddaughter graduated this year. She was a soccer player. And being a girl, I could use ribbons, etc. So I bought a book of extra pages of cut outs and heavy pages and some extra pages that were of soccer nature. I started with early pictures of her childhood, things she loved to do, family members with her, friends, soccer pictures and lots of other things. She played in High School Varsity and Premier (traveling teams) soccer, so I had all those pictures to use. I included her prom pictures, as well. I think you just have to make up your own ideas as you go. It took me much longer to do her scrapbook than her brothers, but it took a long time to do both. I suppose one page could take an hour sitting and deciding just how to place things on the page and what pictures went with the others. But, when you finish, it is a great feeling to see what you have accomplished.
• United States
23 Apr 07
Most of the time, I just do my own ideas or I will ask someone around me what they think is best. I had have a few magazines that have some ideas in them but they take too long to do one page so I take bits and pieces from the lay out and use it. I think the longest I have ever spent on a page is about 45 minute and that was just because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it. My brothers fiance can throw a cute page together in about 5-10 minutes I'm so jealous!!