what a copycat!

“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. πŸ˜‰

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 β€œbare” embellishments with awesome American Crafts paper! Look at how I covered up a bird to make my own custom embellishment:

I also love the banner because it helps your title stand out from the rest of your page. Sometimes, having that extra umph on your page helps the overall design of your project.

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!



Filed under altered item, layouts, our paper place, scrapbook

8 responses to “what a copycat!

  1. Thanks for this post
    i have been known to lift the odd layout i see in the WWW but i do always give credit for it, i always post a link to the persons blog/work that i have lifted
    i think its only common courtesy

  2. Julie Tucker-Wolek

    You know I always credit πŸ™‚ I loveeeeeeeeeeeee that lo…that photo of you is ADORABLE! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  3. Nancy

    Super cute layout. Credit should always be given when due.

  4. I’m with you on the crediting thing. Even when I have a page that looks nothing like the original I drew inspiration from, I STILL credit the person who inspired me.

    Love the old photo of you! πŸ™‚

  5. Mo

    love this! u r so cute!

  6. another great layout!
    love all the layering πŸ™‚

  7. Kiki

    Just passing by and leaving a kiss for you and your family… Always nice to see your great and beautiful work!

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