Monday, November 22, 2010

What is your Starting Point?

I often wonder how people go about the scrapbooking process.  I know many begin with sketches, but that really has never worked for me.  If you don't use a sketch to help you plan, then what is your first step?

The past few months, I have found myself starting with the photo cluster.  I build it first, adding small details before I move to the rest of the layout.  This is a shift in thinking from me...moving small to big was not my usual approach.  I think it is helping me be more creative and free when I am making a page.

Here is an example of what goes on in my head...

For this layout, I started with one small picture.  I was afraid it wouldn't be able to stand alone, but the bold red in the background helps with that.  I figured out this cluster first and it was feeling right!  (Yeah, don't look at my mess either.  I am like a tornado when I am making stuff!)

Here is what I ended up with:

I love the whole 1/3 vs. 2/3 ratio when making a background mat on my layouts.  I usually have the small (1/3) portion along the top but for this layout, I flip flopped.  I love how the black and very bold pattern offsets my red photo. 

I added details and some journaling...done!  And done quickly, I might add.  All because I got off to a good start!

So...give the details.  What is your starting point?


  1. My starting point is usually pictures and product. I love the photo cluster approach. I will have to give it a try. Wow...inspired to go scrapbook a page...Thanks.

  2. Mine is the photo{s}! I love love love love your lo... just amazing! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  3. My starting point is usually the paper, then the pictures and then laying it out. It hasn't been working so great for me so maybe I should follow your lead .. the picture first.

    Love ALL your work!

    (from your CHA Summer Stalker) LOL

  4. I love that number paper! Super cute layout!! I start with my photo's and go from there. ✿

  5. Love your layout Stacey! And the paper too...mine just came in the mail. yay! I usually start with pictures...then the paper follows...then the doo dads. :)

  6. Love this insight to your process! I usually start with a general "vision" of how I want it to look, and go from there--I usually pull product I want to use first, then start cutting and see what happens!

  7. I love your layout! I will have to give the cluster approach a try on my layout. Thank for inspiration. I also give you an award of stylish blogger. check out on my blog.

  8. I love this Stacey! Great use of white space and embellies.

  9. Great layout certainly have inspired me.


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