Back to Basics – The Art of Scraplifting

If you are new to scrapbooking or struggling with a bout of scrapper’s block then today’s Back to Basics might be for you. Today we tackle scraplifting!

Scraplifting is taking inspiration from someone else’s layout. You can lift many aspects of the layout, the composition, the color combination, the theme and the list can go on and on. I’m a huge scraplifter, I love looking at layouts and finding one that speaks to me in some way – just absolutely be sure if you are posting a scraplifted layout online or in a publication you credit the original layout designer.

I recently had the opportunity to scrapbook with my mom live and in person which is one of my favorite things to do. Not only do I love to scrapbook with her but I love to scraplift her work!


So mom created the layout “First Snow” and the next day I created “Let it Snow” You will notice these pages are VERY similar. I used the same product line, I used the same main photo and the basic layout started out to be exactly the same. I changed mine by adding different embellishments, switched up my title placement and added a cluster around a journaling block because I always need to have some sort of writing on my page. But the start of the page came from my mom’s layout.


Mom inspired me to do things I hadn’t thought of or didn’t know that I could try and she inspired a trip to Archiver’s so that I could buy the papers I wanted to use for this!

There are a ton of places where you can find scraplifting inspiration, these days I find a lot of layouts on Pinterest so that might be a good place to start. This will also be a great way to start figuring out what appeals to you like how many photos you like using, color combos you’re drawn to, patterns, and just the overall feel and emotion you want to express on your pages. If you want to learn more on the topic of scraplifting click here to get some guidance from my dear friend Lain Ehmann as she discusses the fine line between scraplifting and copying. I’d love to hear your thoughts on scraplifting, do you scraplift?  Let me know in the comments below!

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6 Responses
  1. Heather D says:

    Very cute pages! Love that you scraplifted your mom :)

    I scraplift on occasion, when I’m looking for a different way to approach making a page. Especially when I see a design that I adore.

  2. I used to do a ton of scraplifting when I was first learning about design. It helped me to have a road map of someone’s work who I loved and who seemed to know what they were doing. I don’t do it so much now, however, if I need quick inspiration for a fast layout, it’s a good way to go.

  3. Heidi aka move4life says:

    Dani, so excited to see this site (missed the original launch). lovely job!!! Heidi