If you are stumped and looking for inspiration, scrapbook layout galleries are a perfect place to check for new ideas. Whether you are an experienced scrapbooker or just starting out, galleries offer thousands of layouts in hundreds of themes.
LoveToKnow Scrapbooking Layout Galleries
At LoveToKnow Scrapbooking, we've created several galleries with projects for you to use as inspiration when designing your own pages.
- Baby and Children Scrapbooking Projects
- Digital Scrapbooking Projects
- General Scrapbooking Projects
- Holiday Scrapbooking Projects
Other Scrapbook Layout Galleries
- Scrapbook.com has over one million layouts in their gallery. The layouts are organized by visitor rating, colors, styles, techniques, and themes. The layouts created with paper are separated from the digital layouts to make it easier to find the appropriate one for your type of project.
- Two Peas in a Bucket may have a funny name, but this site reigns supreme in the Digital Top 50 scrapbooking sites ranking. Two Peas gallery also has more than one million items to peruse which can be a bit daunting. To narrow the choices, there is a "search by" menu that allows you to search by theme, color, project type, pattern, brand name, technique, size and date. This is especially helpful if you have a specific manufacturer's product line begging to be used but no inspiration. Simply choose the brand name to find layouts in a wide variety of themes that use the same materials.
- Scrapjazz is a long standing website with nearly 200,000 layout options. Choose from traditional or digital layout sections, then further narrow your search by entering specific galleries. Scrapjazz divides their galleries into stars, favorites, beautiful, cute, funny, innovative, blue crew, colors, photo, size, styles, techniques, and themes.
- Creating Keepsakes, which was one of the first scrapbooking magazines on the market, also has a gallery that spotlights both readers and professional contributor's works. While not as large as some of the others, Creating Keepsakes' gallery remains a popular choice for followers of the magazine.
How Online Galleries Work
Most layouts posted to website galleries are designed by everyday scrapbookers instead of professionals. Typically, if the layout is published in a print magazine, contractual requirements prevent the designer from showcasing the same layout in public online galleries until after the magazine hits stores. If you encounter a layout posting that states "removed for publication" this is what it means. Once you have gotten ideas from the gallery and created your own wonderful layouts, consider posting them to an online gallery so others can enjoy too.
The Art of Scraplifting
To make the most of your online gallery search experience, it is often best to have an idea of what you are looking for. For example, if you have a specific color of paper and embellishments you want to use or a set of photos from a birthday party, it is much easier to find a layout or two that you like enough to get inspiration from. Taking ideas from another person's layout and incorporating them into your own layouts is known in the scrapbooking world as "scraplifting".
This can be as small as using the same font for the title or as extensive as the same paper, embellishments, and photo placement. As the saying goes, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". If you plan to submit your layout for contests or publications, however, be sure not to copy extensively. Most contests and publication submission guidelines require the layout to be your creation in its entirety, including the design. This rule does not prevent you from submitting work if you happened to get design tips from layouts in online galleries, as long as the overall design and work is your own.