So I finally just tore it apart. And I mean ripped it apart as everything was glued down well. But I salvaged the ribbon. I salvaged the patterned paper by cutting around it (once I'd removed the pix) and then gently tearing off as much cardstock as possible - thank goodness it was cardstock thickness paper, not the flimsy stuff. I salvaged the pix, but reprinted them for the new layout, so will give those to GiGi. Then I started on the new layout using the same patterned paper as well as adding more. I must say, it came together rather quickly with the new things I've learned lately in mind (good to know that even after 13 years of scrapping, I can still learn a whole new method). I even got a 3rd page done about my trip based on the same theme. And now I feel like I have actually accomplished something as not only did I get it done, but I love it so it's really finished.
A sad note... I love to use Sassafrass papers to scrapbook the whimsy - pages about fairs and carnivals, birthdays, funness! Unfortunately, Sassafrass has stopped making scrapbook papers. I don't know what I'm going to use now... but I do plan on snatching up as much Sassafrass as possible as soon as I get a chance.
Not only did I get those 3 pages done, but I also started work on my "This Is Why I Scrapbook" project that I found on Shimelle's blog "Pretty Paper..." (listed on the right). I finished 3 pages of that project as well. This project I'm doing as an 8x8 minibook so I have scanned the pages I finished today.
Hope this gives you a little inspiration! If you feel like you don't like something you've done in the past, don't hesitate to take it apart and do it over. It will make you feel better and there's nothing wrong with doing it! You're not saving you're scrapping style of 5 years ago; you're saving the memories and the sentiment in a way that makes you happy and proud. Also, I know I keep harping on it, but give Shimelle's a blog a look/see and do the This is Why project along with me. (It's an older project so you won't be doing it with the original group; but you can post your layouts in my comments so we can all play together!) I love all the inspiration I can get, don't you? And little projects like this are the perfect thing to do just for yourself!
"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls." - Joseph Campbell