Inspired by Episode 9 of the Scrap Gals Podcast, Scraplifting:Erasing the Stigma I thought I’d try my hand at something I haven’t done in a while and give scraplifting a go again. Both Tiffany and Tracie were of the opinion that it allowed them to scrap faster than they normally might and also that it was a useful tool in the scrappers arsenal of scrappy starters. I believe I shared a scraplift of an old Maggie Holmes layout on my instagram some time last year but I can’t even remember the last time I scraplifted before that. It’s not that I’m even opposed to the idea or anything just that the thought really hadn’t crossed my mind in recent times. For my scraplift I chose this beautiful layout “The Grand Canyon Track” by Linda Eggleton that was published in Scrapbooking Memories Vol. 17 No. 8 (pp36). I loved the mix of pattern and the way she layered all of those lovely papers but the clincher was her use of the Mister Fox Collectables from Kaisercraft which I just can’t get enough of scrapping with. It seems like that pack of die-cuts is never ending. I think I kept pretty true to the original design of the layout although I did decide to stretch it from a one-pager to a double-page spread for my layout, simply because I wanted to use these fantastic pictures of my boys having an animated conversation despite the fact that Joseph couldn’t talk yet. Given that my photo’s were landscape rather than portrait I needed the extra space to give them the same amount of breathing room. I also chose to use similar patterns in the choice of a grid and polka-dot and a geometric for the washi.Linda’s style incorporates a lovely layer of mixed media behind her paper cluster, which I chose to omit, simply because I don’t own any. And I swapped the cluster of flowers for another photo because I just love how the boys were sitting with their feet touching. In terms of placement I kept the paper layers, embellishment clusters, journaling block, title and even the arrow in the same place, however I did take inspiration from the journaling strips on the lower right corner for the placement of my washi strips.By comparison my layout turned out much simpler than Linda’s and whilst it is true to my style I think the thing that originally attracted me to her layout was the distressing and dark inked edges on her papers and the mixed media background. I inked my edges too but I think her distressing adds some wonderful dimension that mine doesn’t have. If I could start over I would distress and ink the edges more or at least do something to them to give them some more depth. I’d also put a white border around my set of three photos instead of leaving them as is because I love the way Linda’s photos remain a focal point even with the wonderful depth of layering she used. Perhaps I could even add some other dimensional elements for a a bit of visual interest like Linda’s blooms do on her layout.I love the layout on its own but when compared to the original scraplift it does seem a little lack lustre to me and that’s part of the way it goes with scraplifting. Sometimes you don’t figure out what motivated you to pick a layout until your done and that’s where practise comes in to get you spotting these sorts of things. I feel like I’m a bit rusty on the scraplifting front, although it was a fun exercise and my layout came together in no time. Why not give it a go yourself? If you liked Linda’s layout too you can find more of her lovely work regularily in Scrapbook Memories and on her blog at Lou’s World where she also had a magnificant collection of published layouts including this one. Go check her out.