I have been asked many times from where do I get the inspiration for my scrapbooking. My reply is “from Everywhere”, but I do gain a lot of crafting inspiration from other peoples work and I find most of that by browsing the internet!
The next question is usually something like “how do you remember the inspiration in order to use it in your crafting?” My answer… “simple, I save a copy of the scrapbook page or card on my PC and then I can refer to it whenever I like. ”
If I want to make a page, I refer to my collection of examples and choose which ones suit my current project best. I then print out a sheet full of various pictures and I can now look at that when I craft (or even take to a crop).
The next question is then…. “How do you do that then?”
So I have made a video to show you How to View, Save and Print scrapbook pages, cards and other projects to refer to for inspiration when you make your layouts. I hope it helps..!
I think it’s lovely and would be great to use on a scrapbook layout about yourself (if you’re a woman reading this of course !) or to use on a card for valentines day maybe? for your hubby/partner? What d’ya reckon?
Here is a lovely page by Stephanie over at the Scrap Paper Scissors Blog. I particularly like the layering of the leaves, butterflies and fence. And this is a great example of the use of white space (literally in this case!). The simple doodled lines around the edge 0f the background cardstock are just right to frame the contents.
Whilst on my travels I found Courtney Baker’s page (pictured below) made with the same collection of papers (and I see she has also made a card!) I like the design of this page. It is a simple page, not fussy at all. I may even use it as the basis for a sketch.
My friend Siobhan has a flair for Scrapbooking! So much so, in fact that she is on a design team! I will be sharing her layouts with you from time to time (and I thank Siobhan for allowing me to do so – you can find here blog HERE), as I think they serve as good design inspiration to others. It’s part of my drive to find scrapbook inspiration from across the web to share with you all.
So the first two for today are scrapbook layouts which show the use of a spray (glimmer mist and the like) and this first layout clearly shows the effectiveness of the masking technique. I like this one for its loose, almost impressionist feel.
The scrapbook page below shows the spray again, but this time as a background colour for the layered map and stamps, etc. This page is also a good example of using simplicity as the page is white cardstock with the use of the coloured spray to enhance an area where the Map (or could have been a photo), some layered journaling, a few embellishments and title. A similar page could be achieved without much cost.
I think we could all use a bit more simplicity… I love the multi-layered look, I have made a few layered layouts myself recently, but I will be making simple ones soon too. Back to basics!
Well actually I decided to make Sketch using a couple of Chelsea’s layouts (from her gallery) for the June SimplyScrapbookingNow Newsletter. And I made my own 12×12 scrapbook page yesterday from the sketch and it looks like this… (click on the picture for an enlargement)
Below is my sketch which I created from two of Chelsea’s pages (pictured underneath the sketch!)
I took the layers of paper strips idea from this layout …
… and the circle and journaling elements from this page to create the sketch.
Here are some close-ups of my page. This picture shows the hand stitching. TIP: It’s always best to prick the holes before sewing.
In the picture below you can see some sparkly brads. The blue one (in the white flower) is a “sugared” brad which I was given as part of a stash swap. The green one is an ordinary brad which I covered in Stickles glitter glue! It does the same job. I also added the same glitter glue to the pink Butterfly brad too.
I saw a layout today over on Ingvild Bolme’s blog which is so fantastic I just HAD to write about it straight away on here! Look at this…
A fantastically embellished, intricate, sumptuous page! Click on the picture above to go to the post or click here and you will find lots of close up so you can enjoy all the lovely layering and embellishments.
I left a comment on Ingvild’s blog just a minute ago actually to say that her layout had inspired me to create a page of my grandmother who, bless her, I believe always wanted to be on the silver screen. Ingvild’s page just immediately inspired thoughts of what I could do for this picture…
Yes Folks… another scraplift coming me thinks! It’s so great to have such a wealth of talent at our fingertips, don’t you think? With a click of the few computer keys, we can find (or in my case… fall over!) just fabulous inspiration… Thanks Ingvild!