Happy Valentine's Day!
Q: Do you start with photos, paper, or layout design first when creating a layout?
Allison: I start with my photos first. I pick the one I want to scrap and then go through my paper, pulling out which pieces I like best at the time. I don't try and match the colors in the photos to the colors in the paper because I'm usually using black & white pictures.
Courtney: I usually start with photos, then try and find paper, and then the layout design comes last.
Jen: Hmm this changes all the time...if I have been asked to do DT work of some paper at our LSS then I start with the paper. When I do challenges it changes where I start...When I am doing something for myself I find an inspiration piece, then pick the photos...then the paper etc.
Kate: Well the first step for me is usually figuring out what I want my layout to be about. Sometimes I write the journaling down in my idea notebook before I do anything else. Then I choose a few photos I'd like to use, then sketch out a layout that uses all or most of those photos. Even though I love patterned paper, picking out the materials to use is usually the last step in my process.
Leigh: This varies. As a chronological scrapper, 90% of the time I choose photos first, then supplies, as I know what layouts I want to do. But when I have new, latest & greatest product, I’m chomping at the bit to use it! Then I will pick the pictures to match the products.
Michele: I usually start with photos, then paper, and then layout! Occasionally, I will see a paper that I want to use and I will try to think of a picture that will go well with it.
Monica: I usually start with photos, look for a design, and then pick my paper! If I am working on a sketch, though, I start with the design, pick photos, and go from there. Or sometimes I will buy new patterned paper that I just have to use and I will pick photos & a design to go with it!
Rachel: I usually start by sketching out ideas. I'm constantly sketching! Then I select my pictures and try to find papers in my stash that match, but I've been known to get pretty paper and then take pictures to match the paper.
Shannon: I usually start with a sketch or some other source of inspiration. After that I pick my photos. Then I pick my materials. It's rare that I start with photos anymore, but that is how I used to scrap. Funny how our styles change, isn't it?
Stephanie (Steph): I normally start with photos. Once I have my photos picked out I will pick out papers that go with it, and then find a layout. Sometimes I even come up with my own sketch for a layout.
Teri: I start by narrowing down my pictures. I can be snap happy, and I usually take way too many pictures. After I choose my pictures, I pick the matching paper. Then I choose a sketch to follow.
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