Scrapbook Layout Share

So, I admit, I haven’t done any scrapbooking for myself lately. We have been so busy around here that I have only had time to work on assignments. Don’t get me wrong, I love assignments – love the challenge – love creating with fresh new products.
But I also love to scrapbook just for me. I love to be able to pull out some photos and play around – with no rules – no guidelines and no expectations.
I was talking to a friend recently about how we put all of these crazy expectations on ourselves – expectations for every single layout to be amazing and perfect. And I think that because of these unrealistic expectations we don’t scrapbook for fear that we might not create the perfect layout each and every time.
Well, I have decided to toss all of those expectations to the wind. I have come to the realization that I will never grow or develop as a scrapbooker, a photographer, or whatever unless I am always experimenting, always doing it and working on it. There will be unperfect layouts, unperfect photos but that is the only way that I will get any better at it. That is the only way I will figure out what I like and what I don’t like – what works and what doesn’t.
In the end, the important thing is that I am recording a memory – recording my thoughts and my feelings – documenting our lives and who we are.
I am recommited to scrapbooking more – just for me – just for my family.
And last night I did just that. I grabbed these photos of Nathan on his 1st birthday that I already had printed and I just started playing around. The funny thing is that it came together so quickly. After all, your own true style should just come naturally. It shouldn’t be a stressful process. If what you are doing is truly “you”, then it should just happen – it should be fun – it should be enjoyable.
So, my challenge to you is to throw out your expectations. Just grab some photos and some products and create a layout. Do what you love, regardless of what is hot or trendy right now. Do what is “you”. Create a layout that feels right to you – no rules, no expectations. And last, please share it with me! Comment here with a link to your layout so that we can all see!

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11 Comments

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    Laura Vegas
    July 14, 2006 at 10:51 pm

    love this layout maggie! you are so right … if you just scrap in your own style, and not try to do things that aren’t “you” … it should really come together quite easily. i’m just getting back into scrapbooking for fun and for me (after spending 2 years doing everything for teaching at the lss) … and i’m having so much more fun!
    how fun … a new challenge! i better get busy. i’ve got a maggie challenge, a erin t. challenge, and a robyn w. challenge! how did i get so addicted to you mm girls! oh, i know … it’s the talent that just sucks me in! lol!

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    Amy
    July 15, 2006 at 10:44 am

    HELLO! this is so dang cute!
    love the paper mix!!

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    Robyn
    July 15, 2006 at 11:42 am

    Mrs. Maggie – look at you and your hot little blog. Love your layout – so cute! 🙂

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    Joanna
    July 15, 2006 at 11:59 am

    I love your thoughts, here, and the layout!! I have had lots of “growing” layouts lately trying to evolve into a new style. But you’re right – it comes out naturally when it isn’t forced. : )

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    Loni
    July 15, 2006 at 5:10 pm

    Totally in love! This page makes me wish I could muddle up some time to scrapbook for myself too! (Wishful thinking right now.)

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    Jessi
    July 15, 2006 at 8:24 pm

    Oh Maggie!
    This is AMAZING!!
    You are such an inspiration!!!!
    Please keep on posting.
    Your work is HOT-HOT-HOT!!!!!

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    Jen
    July 15, 2006 at 9:18 pm

    This totally speaks to me… I need to scrap for ME and my family. I’m up for the challenge! 🙂 And, I love the new look of your blog, especially the banner. Very cool!

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    Christina
    July 16, 2006 at 5:28 am

    So excited to see a new layout from you!!!
    Love the new banner also 🙂

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    angi b
    July 16, 2006 at 9:18 am

    hi maggie!
    girl, i have been feeling the very same way about scrapbooking without expecatations and the bonds of perfection…
    it is so true when you said that your style should just come out naturally. I am committed to scrap in the manner i love…. and if all the pages end up looking “cookie-cutter” Angi B style, then so be it! : ) AS you said, the important thing is you are recording a memory which is first and foremost the important aspect of this whole process.
    good to hear from you! i’ve been AWOL myself. hope you are having a great summer!

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    Jolene George
    July 17, 2006 at 9:05 am

    What a GREAT layout Maggie! I love it! I scrapbook in the way you are talking about all the time, because I’m not on a design team. I haven’t submitted pages for publication. I do it for me and for my children, to preserve their memories. Yes, I want them to look great, but they are all so different. Some are better than others. I think I may scrap today. You put me in the mood! :o) http://jolenegeorge.blogspot.com/

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    candi
    July 21, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    i love this page and I totally know what you mean. I reached this point a while back and once you embrace it and move on, you discover sooo much more about yourself. 🙂

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