Friday, April 25, 2014

Where Does My Inspiration Come From? (13)

This post is the thirteenth in a two-week series of daily posts where I'm sharing my recently created layouts along with the inspiration that prompted me to create them. I tend to think that I always start with a photo when I scrapbook, however as I looked back through a recent batch of layouts, I realized that the inspiration to sit down at my craft table and create a layout comes from many different sources.

Title - Docked & Anchored, Royal Promenade, Casino plus
Layout Inspiration - Scrapbooking Goal
Design Inspiration - Divided Page Protectors

Some of you may remember the album I started back in 2011 to document our 10th Anniversary Cruise. I completed lots of layouts for that album, however I still have some photos and stories I want to add before calling that project complete. I have set a goal to complete that project (which has grown to two albums!) in the next few months. The three layouts I'm sharing today were inspired by my goal of getting this project done.

I flipped through my remaining photos and made a list of the layouts I wanted to complete. I like to include different size and types of pages in my albums, and I found several groups of photos that would work perfect in divided page protectors. Here are the three quick layouts I put together to go in the album section featuring photos of the cruise ship. This first one uses the front and back of a 10"x12" divided page protector. I simply slipped in my photos and used one of the spaces as a title block.



Next, I used the front of a 12x12 divided page protector to house photos of the Royal Promenade.


I then had the back of that page protector to use for a few shots of miscellaneous places on board the ship.


I'll be sharing more layouts for our 10th Anniversary Cruise album in the next few weeks . . . and hopefully the completed albums within a couple of months.

Have you added any divided page protectors to your albums lately?

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Where Does My Inspiration Come From? (12)

This post is the twelfth in a two-week series of daily posts where I'm sharing my recently created layouts along with the inspiration that prompted me to create them. I tend to think that I always start with a photo when I scrapbook, however as I looked back through a recent batch of layouts, I realized that the inspiration to sit down at my craft table and create a layout comes from many different sources.

Title - An Evening With Dick Van Dyke
Layout Inspiration - Story
Design Inspiration - Page Kit

A couple of years ago we enjoyed a fun evening out in Dallas, listening to Dick Van Dyke sing and tell stories as part of a quartet called the Vantastix. One of the members of the group shared the story about how they all got together, and that story became the basis for my layout.

When I attended the Scrapbook Exp back in February, my friend Amy gave me one of the page kits she received because she was attending and cropping at the event for the entire weekend. I decided to use the papers from that kit for this layout. Originally I thought I would create a one-page layout, but since the journaling block containing the story was pretty large and I wanted to include several photos plus the tickets and the envelope they came in, I decided a two-page layout would work best.


Here's a closer look at the story that inspired this layout. (Remember you can click on the photo for a larger version.)


Do you often have large blocks of journaling? How do you fit it into the design of your layout?

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Where Does My Inspiration Come From (11)

This post is the eleventh in a two-week series of daily posts where I'm sharing my recently created layouts along with the inspiration that prompted me to create them. I tend to think that I always start with a photo when I scrapbook, however as I looked back through a recent batch of layouts, I realized that the inspiration to sit down at my craft table and create a layout comes from many different sources.

Title - Happy Birthday Daddy
Layout Inspiration - Scrapbooking Goal
Design Inspiration - OnlineWorkshop

The Stashbusters Anonymous workshop started a couple of weeks ago, and I'm hoping to complete at least one layout based on each of the twelve challenges. The first challenge was to create a layout using a repetition of geometric shapes. I based the design of my layout on Aly Dosdall's example, replacing the hexagons she used with squares.

As I've mentioned previously, one of my goals this year is to scrap this year's photos and stories during the year, so I flipped through my 2014 storage binder and found two photos that I thought would work perfect on this layout. I used scraps from my blue scrap file for all the squares and copied Aly's border idea of adding faux stitching around the edge (with a white pen).


I'll be sharing more layouts inspired by this workshop over the next few weeks. Are any of you taking this class? Have you been inspired by the challenges?

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Where Does My Inspiration Come From? (10)

This post is the tenth in a two-week series of daily posts where I'm sharing my recently created layouts along with the inspiration that prompted me to create them. I tend to think that I always start with a photo when I scrapbook, however as I looked back through a recent batch of layouts, I realized that the inspiration to sit down at my craft table and create a layout comes from many different sources.

Title - Let's Go Where We Have Never Been
Layout Inspiration - Quote
Design Inspiration - Product Line

As I was flipping through the new KaiserCraft Now Boarding papers in my April Scrappin' Goodtime Design Team kit, I was drawn to a quote on one of the patterned papers (that was designed to be cut apart into 4x6 and/or 3x4 pieces). The quote reads - Let's Go Where We Have Never Been. Robbie and I love to travel, so I was immediately inspired to use this quote as the basis for a layout.

I flipped through the limited photos I had with me at the crop I hosted earlier this month and found a photo of me and Robbie ready to set out for a day trip to a local park. I snapped the photo before we headed out using the timer on the camera, and I like that we are heading out for an adventure and we have our hats on the counter in front of us.

The travel theme of the Now Boarding papers made it easy to put together this grid design layout. I mounted the title and photo together to created the top block, then punched sections out of each corner to resemble a ticket. I added three blocks along the bottom, embellishing one with a wood veneer rectangle of hearts and adding a popped-up embellishment to another. With the addition of a little twine and a couple of other popped-up embellishments, this layout is definitely a favorite from all the layouts I've created so far this year.


Have you ever been inspired to create a layout based on a quote or used a quote as your title?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Where Does My Inspiration Come From? (9)

This post is the ninth in a two-week series of daily posts where I'm sharing my recently created layouts along with the inspiration that prompted me to create them. I tend to think that I always start with a photo when I scrapbook, however as I looked back through a recent batch of layouts, I realized that the inspiration to sit down at my craft table and create a layout comes from many different sources.

Title - Incline Railway
Layout Inspiration - Photos
Design Inspiration - Design Team Assignment

When I saw the new KaiserCraft Now Boarding collection of papers and embellishments, I knew I wanted to use it for my April Design Team kit. Luckily, Susie, the owner of Scrappin' Goodtime, is always accommodating and wants her design team members to feel inspired by the products we're using, so I was able to choose several papers, an embellishment pack, and a sticker sheet from this collection while I was there for a four-day crop earlier this month.

I had a limited number of photos with me at the crop, however I had brought along one storage binder with photos from our Tennessee Road Trip last summer! I pulled a group of photos from our ride on the Incline Railway on Lookout Mountain and created a one-page layout with these FUN products. (Check back tomorrow to see another layout using this product line.)


I have enjoyed working on the Design Team at Scrappin' Goodtime where our assignment each month is simply to create projects using the products provided - we're free to create layouts, cards, canvases, art journal pages, banners .... basically whatever we're inspired to create. The projects we create are displayed in the store for six months, then returned to us. It's was FUN to walk through the store and see displays like the one below featuring the three layouts and cards I made back in February. Most exciting, however, was when I noticed one of the other croppers scraplifting one of my layouts and using my design choices as inspiration for her own photos and stories!


Have you worked on a Design Team? Were you inspired by the products and assignments you received?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Where Does My Inspiration Come From? (8)


HAPPY EASTER Y'ALL!

This post is the eighth in a two-week series of daily posts where I'm sharing my recently created layouts along with the inspiration that prompted me to create them. I tend to think that I always start with a photo when I scrapbook, however as I looked back through a recent batch of layouts, I realized that the inspiration to sit down at my craft table and create a layout comes from many different sources.

Title - Easter 2013
Layout Inspiration - Photos
Design Inspiration - Sketch

The photos from Easter Sunday last year were the initial inspiration for this layout. I pulled some coordinating papers and embellishments to go with them and created a kit to take to my crop earlier this month. At the crop, one of the other ladies was giving away her copies of PageMaps and PageMaps 2! I really like using sketches, so I nabbed those from the giveaway table the first day. I found a sketch in one of them that I used as the starting point for this 2-page layout. Another lady had gifted each of us with a small Ziploc bag filled with punched butterflies in a variety of colors - some of which you can see scattered across this page.


In the online classes I take and on scrapbooking message boards and blogs, there's often a discussion about scrapping events & holidays- some people say they never scrap events or holidays while others scrap every event and holiday? Personally I like to create a layout for most events and holidays as a record of our year. I think it would be wonderful if I had a two-page spread like this featuring photos from each of the holidays we celebrated when I was growing up.

How about you? Do you like to scrap events and holidays?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Where Does My Inspiration Come From? (7)

This post is the seventh in a two-week series of daily posts where I'm sharing my recently created layouts along with the inspiration that prompted me to create them. I tend to think that I always start with a photo when I scrapbook, however as I looked back through a recent batch of layouts, I realized that the inspiration to sit down at my craft table and create a layout comes from many different sources.

Title - Me & Grandma
Layout Inspiration - Photo
Design Inspiration - Product Kit

Today's layout was inspired by the same Bo Bunny products as yesterday's layout - while I had those products spread out on my table, I flipped through my storage binders looking for photos that would work with the beautiful papers and embellishments. The photos in my storage binders are ones that I know I want to scrap, either because it's a special photo or there's a story attached to it or it represents an event in our life. I love this photo of me and Grandma taken when I was a young teenager and am so happy to have added it to my Early Years album.

The background paper I chose was very ornate, with pre-printed embellishments all along the top. The bottom of the paper was rather bland, so I used the rub-on package that came with the kit to fill it in and give the layout some balance. I like that the rub-ons are slightly darker and add some weight to the bottom of the page. I included one of the chipboard borders across the middle of the page (with washi tape at each end) to separate my photo and title - quick, simple, and lovely!

Do you use product collection kits to inspire you in your scrapbooking?