Sunday, November 16, 2014

Revisiting Old Layouts

Hello everyone Wendy here with you today.

I wonder how many scrapbookers revisit their old scrapbooking layouts. I do this all the time and, although I don’t think I have a particular style, I’m always amazed at the difference between now and my earlier efforts.

 I first dabbled with scrapbooking about 10 years ago but never really followed through. I guess it was because I was time poor, and short on supplies. Then about four years ago I decided to take it up again and since then I have been scrapping fairly consistently. About three years ago I started trying digital scrapbooking and it didn’t take me long to get hooked on it. Now I love doing all sorts of scrapbooking and it’s such a pleasurable pursuit for me. I’m glad I renewed my interest in it.

I thought I would show you one of my very first scrapbooking efforts that I did in 2005.

The photos are from 1995 and, as you can see, I’ve used patterned paper, one sticker and I’ve hardly done any journaling. 

At the time I think my main concern was to get all my photos out of their old albums where the glue was making the photos deteriorate. Once I removed all the photos and filed them I was overwhelmed with the huge task of scrapbooking them all, so I took on the task with speed rather than creativity in mind.  This was probably another reason why I didn’t follow through for a few years.

Anyway, the following layout is more like the way I would scrap the same photos today.  A big difference, I’m sure you’ll agree.
I have been told that your scrapbooking style over the years tells a story in itself and, as such, you shouldn’t change your early layouts. I agree with this to a certain extent. However, I want to leave my scrapbooking albums to future generations to enjoy, so I will definitely be revisiting some of old layouts and updating them!

Thank you for reading part of my scrapbooking story.

Cheers from Wendy.


  1. I have pages that will never ever see the light of day - sadly some are with original photos that I didn't have the presence of mind to duplicate and can we say deckle scissors??? LOL. There are some photos that I did get a do-over on = but I didn't mess with the originals.

    1. Lynne, that's a shame. Is there any way you can scan the photos? I had hundreds of photos that were really deteriorated so I scanned them and cleaned them up on Photo Shop. They're still not perfect but better than losing them forever.