Inspiration: where do you find it, and how do you use it?
I look for inspiration in the scrapbooking mags, online sites like Two Peas, and Creating Keepsakes, store ads, and other magazines and print media. If it’s an ad or direct mail sort of thing I will just cut or rip it out and add it to my inspiration folder. I try to keep all of the bits and pieces that I like in this folder and on or near my desk so I can just grab what I need easily. In the scrap booking mags I will usually use post it flags since I save the entire magazine for at least a year in case there are other things I want to use. And sometimes I will just pick up an older scrap mag and thumb through it to get my ideas working. Depending on my mood I will start with the pictures or papers I want to scrap and look for ideas, or I will find a layout or project that i really like and it will inspire me to pick out the pictures from there.
In the June issue of Simple Scrapbooking I found lots of ideas but there were two layouts that I immediately wanted to use. The first was by Beth Proudfoot highlighting using only 5 products on a page. I loved the clean and linear style paired with the large flower.
I recently found the left over engagement photos from 12 years ago that we had done at Sears. Not really inspiring photos but they tell part of my story so I used them. The first layout I did was using a 5 x 7 of us, leftover love papers by Heidi Grace, pink car, a 7 gypsies love sticker, Love Elsie ribbon, and a metal heart tag frame. Everything except the white cardstock were scraps from other projects. I punched circles with my cool Fiskars squeeze punch and sliced them in half to make a faux scallop mat. I matted the photo on the light HG pink paper and cut out flowers and hearts from the other HG papers these I used to frame the photo. Then I added my heart, ribbon, and love sticker. The journaling are some of our romantic phrases from the bible, and a couple of movies. Really happy with how this turned out. I feel like a real genius for using leftover card stock to make a scallop border instead of buying scalloped card stock.
My second page is similar to Beth’s page I have a large flower and ribbon but I added another engagement photo (I have lots) and used a Heidi Swapp clock face as the center of the flower. This page has a very sweet romantic feel to it.
My third page was a layout done for an ad in Simple by Tia Bennet. I liked her use of bold pattern papers cut into smaller sizes. The picture of the little boy looking down the road reminded me a picture I had taken of my two babies looking out from the front porch. The papers are new American Crafts papers and are really bold and bright which I normally don’t use. Again I really like this layout.
Here are more examples of what I created.
This past week I’ve managed to scrap at least 2-5 pages a day. I have also posted them on my Two Peas gallery and on other sites. This just feels really good an productive. This is not how I am all the time. I go through stages in my crafting (like in every other area of my life) where I am really into doing full page layouts, I’ll make a bunch of cards, or I will make nothing but minibooks. So I don’t stress too much about getting too much into one thing or another because I know that I will burn through this phase and move onto something else. But for now, I am making layouts like a maniac!