Redoing 5 Digital Scrapbooking Layouts

I mentioned briefly in my Everything About Travel Digital Scrapbooking post that I was working through an old trip to Taiwan. I am mostly finished with the project and before I show off the whole thing I wanted to highlight some layouts that I redid.

I actually went through and redid all the old layouts I had created ten years (!) ago for this trip. I did this for two reasons. One was that the pages I had created before did not actually include all the photos I wanted to include in the album, so I had to do some moving around. The second and main reason I redid them was because I didn't really like most of them anymore.

I am not a precious scrapbooker. I have talked before about throwing away my old paper scrapbooks. I am now in the process of doing the same with old digital layouts, it's just a little less dramatic. It was very freeing for me when I realized I could throw away or redo old projects. This may or may no be true for you, but I like to bring it up because it's an option I don't hear people talking about a lot.

For a lot of these old layouts I did want to replace most of the graphics I had used initially. Most of the graphics from these early layouts I made when I was figuring out what I was doing and are not necessarily up to my current standards. For this first redo I liked the layout of the photos, but I wanted fresher graphics.

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Again, I liked the positioning of these photos, but thought I could do a bit better with the placement of the graphics.

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I mostly liked this old layout, but was nervous about some of the old graphics, so I stayed pretty true to the original just with new stuff.

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I have illusions of being a minimalist scrapper, but at the end of the day I just want to use everything.

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I liked nothing about this old layout, including most of the photos. And look! I used a title!

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What do you think? Do you prefer some of the originals? I feel good about the changes because I think the layouts better reflect my current style, which is more stable now ten years into this hobby. But that doesn't make the early ones bad! It's fun to see these side by side and see how I've changed.

Recent Comments

Claire Grantham
Claire Grantham Fri, 10/15/2021 - 18:53

This is a fun idea

Tracy Spafford
Tracy Spafford Wed, 07/07/2021 - 16:19

Fun comparing the two. It makes me feel better about wanting to do the same with my layouts.

Cynthia Cormier
Cynthia Cormier Tue, 05/04/2021 - 17:15

I like them both. Some of the olds pages look great showing what scrapbooking looked like before the digital age.

Marisa Lerin
Marisa Lerin Mon, 05/03/2021 - 07:23

@Doska: You can see all my layouts in my gallery. I sorted it with the oldest first: https://www.digitalscrapbook.com/marisa-lerin/gallery?solrsort=ds_created%20asc

Becky Wooler
Becky Wooler Fri, 04/30/2021 - 12:13

This was a fun comparison! I actually am in the process of redoing some of my older paper layouts -- my Chile album project is redoing/completing my unfinished physical album from 2007, and I've finally settled on an album printing method that both my husband and I are happy with. So I also plan to redo the pocket/paper albums from the beginning of our marriage into digital albums. I honestly like the style of my digital pages over my paper ones anyway, so I figure this gives me way more flexibility in doing the layout challenges here. :)

Kat Kipreou
Kat Kipreou Fri, 04/30/2021 - 09:51

I do like all the new versions you did, but I also liked the old versions.

I rarely redo layouts (as in maaaaaybe i did once....possibly) mostly because there's always something new to play with, so I just play. I don't care if the same photos show up more than once in my albums, so i just scrap with whatever photos and whatever story i fancy, print it and add it to the albums. all good. but i also don't really have themed albums like you do...

Doska St.
Doska St. Fri, 04/30/2021 - 02:56

Sorry Melisa, I saw your scrapbooks as physical albums that you wanted to dispose of. Where do you keep your digital scraps 10 years ago?

Linda De Los Reyes
Linda De Los Reyes Thu, 04/29/2021 - 14:06

Great post - I think your old ones are simply different. Not bad at all. I think our styles just change over time. Certainly my earlier layouts look like a very beginner-type layout but it's nice to see much I've developed my style. BTW, this would be a good layout challenge for next month. Pick an old layout and redo it. Fun!

Marisa Lerin
Marisa Lerin Thu, 04/29/2021 - 07:12

@Doska: Luckily with digital it doesn't take up physical space, so I don't actually throw it away. You can scroll way back in my gallery to see my first digital pages.

Christina Carrano
Christina Carrano Thu, 04/29/2021 - 07:05

Can certainly tell the difference, as I can with my own. I've gone back and redid some because they were really, really bad. lol It's nice to compare how you've grown in scrapbooking, though.

Bourico Casper
Bourico Casper Thu, 04/29/2021 - 03:44

You're right Marisa, I also prefer the recent pages, they are more cheerful, prettier

I don't like my beginning digiscrap pages anymore, but I don't throw anything away, it helps me to compare my beginnings and my pages now, I've been doing digiscrap for 11 years

Doska St.
Doska St. Thu, 04/29/2021 - 03:17

Why throw it away, Marisa?
You have to stand by your deeds, which you have done in an immature state of mind and spirit (also from an artistic point of view). It was used for development. And then in the garbage it ends up in the hands of strangers? No, it's nice to keep this development and compare it again and again. I love my Scrap beginnings and I am very sad to have lost many in a digital crash. My heart and soul was attached to the hours of creation.

Have nice day
Doska