Madison Avenue Scrapbooking

Here’s a great Scrapbook Idea

We all know that scraplifting is a great way to kick start a flagging inspiration.

Trying to find something new for your scrapbook layouts can often be a challenge.


Well I suggest you look no further than your nearest magazine when your inspiration has gone on holiday.

Sit down in a comfortable chair with the beverage of your choice (some chocolate always helps the creative process I find, but this is optional). And start flicking through your favourite magazines.

Half close your eyes so you can’t see the pages too clearly. You don’t want to actually read the articles this time. You just want the pages to make an impression on you. So you can find one that can be translated into a scrapbook layout.

And usually the best page layouts for this will be the full page advertisements!

Don’t forget, these folk make their living by designing page layouts. So it’s reasonable to expect that they know a thing of two about it.

I found this ad for Campbell’s Soup in a women’s magazine a couple of days ago. It was just screaming at me to scraplift it and turn it into a scrapbook layout.

So I did, and this layout of my daughter and her cousins is the result.


So now I guess I’ll always think of Campbell’s Soup as ‘the family soup’

If you haven’t tried kick starting your mojo with advertising inspiration I recommend you give it a try. It will often inspire you to try styles and designs that you otherwise might not have. And it can give you a whole new perspective when you’re designing your scrapbook layouts.

And if you have tried scraplifting from magazines tell us what you did, and maybe share a link so we can go and see and help to boost our own inspiration.

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31 Responses to Madison Avenue Scrapbooking

  1. FightCellulite June 18, 2008 at 10:46 pm #

    Great idea! I have never done this before but already know where to start :)

  2. Lori June 18, 2008 at 11:15 pm #

    So sorry about your server because I love to see your posts! Keep up the encouragements and you’ll be back on top!

  3. Anne-Marie June 19, 2008 at 9:25 am #

    That layout is fabulous! I think it’s just a matter of having a good eye, finding something in a magazine that will work, and then trying to replicate it.

  4. karooch June 19, 2008 at 10:07 am #

    Yep Anne Marie, that’s pretty much what scraplifting is about. And you add your own perspective to the inspiration to create your layout, rather than just totally replicating it.

  5. Antoinette June 19, 2008 at 3:27 pm #

    What an awesome idea! My scrapbook is starting to look redundant so I was looking for new layout ideas. Thanks!

    Antoinettes last blog post..Numbers crashed

  6. karooch June 19, 2008 at 9:38 pm #

    There’s a lot of great design ideas to be gleaned from the advertisements in magazines Antoinette. It helps you to look at them differently too.

  7. Tink June 21, 2008 at 5:03 am #

    I always scan through magazines and such but have never thought of half closing my eyes. Thanks for the tip.

  8. Antoinette June 22, 2008 at 1:13 am #

    At DS forums I saw challenges like this and never understood how it worked. I guess I have to start looking at ads from a different view. I absolutely love your family soup :)

  9. karooch June 22, 2008 at 5:26 pm #

    Yeah, I find that if you half close your eyes you stop reading the words and start just seeing the shapes and ideas.


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