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I’ve been having a few thoughts and discussions about this idea for starting points. Someone pointed out it could be very cool to see what everyone makes if I don’t show the finished layout along with the starting point. I agree. But I also know some scrappers are more inspired by completed pages than partially-finished layouts. So I think I’ve come up with a solution: posting the starting point on Saturday and the finished page on Sunday. I’m going to give that a try!

So here’s a starting point for today, and it’s one that comes from a bit of diving through my basket of scraps and off-cuts. I selected several scraps in one colour scheme then rather than cutting them to purposeful sizes, I just took each scrap as it was (mostly in oddball shapes!) and cut it down to whatever rectangle was possible. That left me with some strips, some big boxes and some small boxes. Perfect. Then I just layered them all up at the bottom of the page. The cardstock background is the only full sheet I used and there are a few more scraps from these same papers that I can put to use as I finish the layout. I love layouts from scraps – it feels a bit like getting a bonus page out of all those older supply purchases, and it prevents overthinking when I start cutting the papers to size.

Now it’s your turn: take this starting point and recreate it (or something similar) with your own stash of papers. You can work in any theme or colour scheme. Finish the page from there and share it with us!

Stop by tomorrow to see the finished layout and some of my favourites from the last starting point too!

03 September 2011



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21 Comments for Scrapbooking Starting Point

  1. Mel Says:

    Perfect compromise. And I love scraps too. In fact I banned myself using full sheets a few months ago – till I got bored with that idea!
    ; )

  2. Kim Strother Says:

    I love this idea! I hope I can get some time later tonight to do mine. Great inspiration as always…thank you!

  3. Sarah S Says:

    I love your starting points. I’m not one for clustering my papers usually, so this was great to stretch me a bit. Thank you xx

  4. Juliann Says:

    I used your starting points to make an opening page for my LSNED album – thanks!

  5. Jill Says:

    Great compromise! I love the colors in your starting point! Hope I get the chance to scrap today!! Thanks Shimelle!

  6. helen salthouse Says:

    An excellent idea! Sometimes I go through my scraps before I store them, and cut them to a rectangular shape. But I’ve yet to try this technique, so hopefully I’ll get to play this afternoon :D

  7. Jackie Ashton Says:

    Great idea – have done a quick one. on my blog here

  8. Daphne Says:

    That really was fun scrapping! I started with the paper and had a look for a picture AFTER that – it took me ages to find the right one ;) blog post to follow

  9. Sinead Says:

    Love this idea and everyone’s entries are so different and inspiring:) Have posted mine above!

  10. Radio City Rockettes Tickets Says:

    You have done really nice job. There are many people searching about that now they will find enough sources by your tips.

  11. Sarah Says:

    I’ve really been into making as many photoless layouts as possible from one kit. With three young sons, it helps me not to fret. That way as life happens I’ve already got layouts to add the cute photos too. Because I don’t scrap events or holidays this is really working for me. I’ll be scrapliting your starting point and adding it to the pile.

  12. TiaraHelen Says:

    Hi Shimelle! I love this idea, I have now got TWO matching scrap pages done in no-time.

    Thank you for the inspiration. Helen x

  13. Alison Says:

    Thanks for using my last ‘starting Point’ LO in your gallery! This is this week’s…
    Alison xx

  14. Becky Says:

    Haven’t done one of these before, but it was great fun and a great way to use up some scraps!

  15. Daphne Says:

    My Starting Point Challenge can finally be found HERE

  16. Chipper Says:

    This is my fav challenge. I love how everyone’s page ends up so different. Please keep posting the finished page on the next day. I don’t look at it until I have finished mine (although this is hard to do!). Thanks.

  17. Sabine Says:

    I love how different every layouts turns out, with this great starting point.

  18. caroline Says:

    fab idea to use up those scraps

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