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Scrapbooking Fail – 12×12 Layout

Have you ever spent all day working on a 12×12 scrapbook layout, really happy with how it was all coming together, happy with the end result, then only to realise when you looked at it a couple of hours later that you’d made a really silly scrapbook fail?

This layout was my first completed scrapbook fail… I was so happy with how it all came together, happy with the colours and patterned papers, loved the overall look. Then a couple of hours later I turned my chair around to look at it on the shelf behind me and *boom* my mistake jumped right out at me.

Since I got back into scrapbooking I have been trying to go back to my baby and childhood years to scrap all of my precious personal and family memories so when I found this photograph of me as a little toddler with my huge teddy I knew that I wanted to scrap it. I loved this teddy when I was little, although I have no idea what happened to it.

Bearing in mind that this photograph is from the early 1980’s I did not want to use bright, vibrant, modern design in this layout so I spent ages going through my huge stash of patterned papers selecting the ones which I thought would work best… the ones that I really like.

I decided that I was going to do this layout in a grid formation, so took my nine pattern papers and cut them into 2.75inch squares, selected the order I wanted them to show in and adhered them to my sheet of 12x12inch white cardstock using my ATG… all was going well and I really liked how it was looking.

Next I trimmed my photograph to size and mounted it on fun foam before adhering it to the centre square in the grid, then chose my embellishments and title and glued everything in place.

I really loved how this layout had came together and how the patterned papers worked with each other. I was happy with this layout.

I was finished. So I put my completed layout on the shelf behind me and set about doing some more crafting and work. All was fine.

But then a couple of hours later I returned to my layout to take photographs to share with you all and that’s when it hit me…

FAIL… MY FIRST SCRAPBOOK FAIL!!

Have you noticed where I have gone wrong?

Somehow between adhering my patterned papers in grid formation and then starting to glue down my photograph, title and embellishments I had managed to turn my page ninety degrees without realising 😦

That wouldn’t be such a big problem had it not been for the fact that two of the pattern papers have heart designs on them, so I now have sideways hearts in two places.


The next question is… what am I going to do about this epic fail? I did think about trying to take the photograph back off and starting again as I really was gutted, but then I thought about it and laughed as I have always been really accident prone!

I was just a little one in this photo, probably more accident prone and inaccurate than ever so I decided that having a ‘wrong’ layout about me is probably quite fitting so it has gone in my album as it is and I have to say that each time I see it, it really makes me smile.

So my advice to you would be that the next time you have a scrapbooking fail, don’t make any hasty decisions, stop and think whether it really is as bad as you first thought or whether you can make that mistake a feature of the layout… once I thought about it, I realised that it isn’t all that bad and as a child my crafting never was perfect so this is probably a pretty good representation of that.

Take advantage of your mistakes, make them a ‘thing’ in your layout or just cover them up. There is always a way of making your errors work for you 🙂

What has been your biggest scrapbooking fail? What did you do about it? I would love to hear about it and how you dealt with it.

Thanks for reading and I’ll be sharing more of my work soon.

xxx Love Laura xxx

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