April 28, 2012

{They Say Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery}

In the scrapbooking world, there's a term known as "scraplifting". In other words, seeing a layout you like and copying it. Not everyone looks upon scraplifting as a friendly term though. In fact some scrapbookers are downright against it, and heaven forbid you would make a layout that looks even remotely like theirs. It has caused drama on scrapbooking message boards, name calling and hurt feelings. I don't get it. After all, isn't that why we post new layouts on our blogs, facebook and submit to magazines? To inspire others??
This week when I got an email from my friend Sarah, with pics of layouts that another friend of hers had made, I thought it was pretty cool.
Tracy's Layout

My Layout

Tracy's Layout
My Layout

Yep, imitation is the highest form of flattery.
I love that someone I've never even met was inspired by me. Inspired enough to want to scrapbook her photos. Inspired enough to get them out of a shoebox (or off of a flash drive as the case may be) and record a memory.

As always, thanks for stopping by!
xo Mary Ann

8 comments:

Beth Hallgren said...

I agree with you Mary Ann! Kind of an arrogant attitude to think that no one else could come up with an identical idea. Love your layouts :)

Kris Berc said...

Very well said! :)

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Definitely a wonderful compliment!

Erica said...

Well said!

Scrapbook Joe said...

I agree 100% with you because thats why we share on our blogs with others to inspire each other to be creative!

Jojorenee said...

I like those. Sometimes I use the same papers if I have them or similar ones. I was thinking the same thing and posted something to this tune on my blog last week!

Tracy B said...

Yikes!
When I seen my layouts, I thought I was in trouble!

Thank you Mary Ann, for sharing your thoughts on 'scraplifting' and I couldnt agree more.

I'm not one bit ashamed of being a scraplifter. Yes, I do it from time to time. We all do, in some shape or form. Normally I follow a map or sketch, but I find Mary Ann's work perfect! It makes me want to follow it almost exact :)

Be calm and keep scraplifting *LOL* Thanks Mary Ann!

Cheryl L. said...

I agree with Tracy B! We all do it, whether its with colors we've seen or certain elements a scrapper uses. As long as its not an exact duplicate that has been published...Great LOs too!