“Lifting” has become an issue in the industry. In all honesty, I don’t mind that people copy my work or what I do. Basically, it just means that they find me inspiring. Me… inspiring, haha! NOT! Anyway, here’s how I feel — if you aren’t doing it for profit of any sort or if you aren’t taking full credit for it, then I don’t mind.
However, if you aren’t crediting my work, then I get peeved. That’s when I start to call you a copycat.
If you have ever been into my store, Our Paper Place, you’ll notice tons of samples using the products we carry in the store. They’re there for a reason! Take pictures of them, copy them, use it as your inspiration, etc. Like I said previously, though, as long as you’re not using it for profit, then you’re in the clear. 😉
With that in mind, here’s an American Crafts layout for inspiration:
Don’t laugh at the photo! It’s an old high school photo that I dug up!
Don’t you just love all of those fun details?! I love the flowers on this one! I also used Basically Bare’s banners and birds!As you can see, I had tons of fun covering up these “bare” embellishments with awesome American Crafts paper! Look at how I covered up a bird to make my own custom embellishment:
Anyway, I honestly don’t mind if you’re a copycat and want to lift this one. That’s why I post projects — to help everyone’s mojo. You share. I share. The world’s a happier place.
…and although it’s a Friday night, I’m still working! I have to prep for our 2nd and 3rd National Scrapbook Day celebrations. Yeah, you read that right. We don’t celebrate once; we celebrate it three times! Call us crazy over at Our Paper Place, but it’s major fun! If you’re in the bay area, come visit us for all-new demos, make and takes, and awesome sales!
PS: We’re getting closer and closer?! Are you excited?! I am!