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June 29th, 2012, 09:18 AM
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What is your philosophy of scrap?

Do you do it primarily because of the aesthetic/artistic value of what you create, with an emphasis on taking the time to make layouts that are perfect and beautiful? Or do you do it primarily to preserve your own family's memories, and are willing to settle for something less than perfect if it means you can finish your layouts more quickly and get your memories preserved?

I've been struggling with this lately...because I never feel like my layouts are 'perfect,' which means I never really feel like they're finished. And I've got piles and piles of unscrapped photos from years past, and I wonder if I should just go ahead and accept the imperfection and scrap them anyway, for the sake of preserving the memory instead of focusing on the art. BUT, I just can't bring myself to rush things. If I look at my old layouts and they don't look beautiful to me, it makes me seriously unhappy -- probably more than I would be if I had never scrapped the photos at all. I am just too obsessive like that.

What about the rest of you? What is your philosophy of why you do this? Do you focus more on quantity, or quality, or try to balance both?

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June 29th, 2012, 10:41 AM
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The most important reason for this is for my son. I'm a single parent, he was conceived using a sperm donor. If/when I pass there will be no other parent to remember and tell him about his growing up.

But, this is also something I love doing. I scrapped in paper before my son was born, but nowhere near the amount I do now. It's one of my creative outlets!

I try to balance it out but I do print LO's that I'm not 100% happy. The most important thing is that I'm creating alnbums for Birk.
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June 29th, 2012, 10:18 PM
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I don't think that all my pages will ever be as awesome as most of the layouts I see here. I mean 99% of stuff here is so good, I always feel like mine don't live up to them. But I scrap so that we can enjoy looking at our photos, otherwise they'd all be lost on the computer. Some days my creativity is awesome & pages just come to me, and other days it's a real chore to get anything to look right.
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June 30th, 2012, 09:07 AM
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I think I'm a combination of the two.
Preserving our memories is really important to me, especially capturing the stories that go along with the pictures.
At the same time, this is my only creative outlet. I've tried the whole just get the page/memory scrapped and move on approach. You know, it's more important to just make sure it gets scrapped and it doesn't have to be perfect - yeah, my head can not mesh itself to that idea. I need perfection. Won't lie. Drove my art teachers crazy in high school and college.
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July 3rd, 2012, 07:33 PM
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Hmmm. Well, certainly I enjoy the creative aspect - I love seeing a page come together (yes, even using a template, I enjoy the process) & showcasing my memories. But, I have discovered that even the layouts that I feel kind of "meh" about, once they are printed and in my book, are just as special to me as the ones I truly love. So I try not to worry too much about perfection because really for me it's just about keeping track of this crazy journey we're on!

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