Oh, that is so cool. Pinned.
I would LOVE to try that. Pinned.
Maybe I could scrapbook like that. Pinned.
There are so many ways today, like Pinterest, to easily collect inspiration for your scrapbooking. But it’s harder to make use of these great ideas, especially when there are so many.
In this week’s pep talk, I want to share a story of how I used inspiration recently along with tips on creating scrapbooks that reflect your unique style.
This year in my 2014 Project Life + Library of Memories album, I’m doing something a little different. I’ll be creating monthly Project Life-style spreads. (Much more on this soon!)
As part of this change, I wanted to have one 4×6 card for each spread that designated the month. I also wanted it to have a consistent style from month to month.
I briefly considered these (awesome) 4×6 calendar cards from Elise Blaha Cripe, but it didn’t make sense for my album about life in central Illinois to have palm trees in it. I also looked at adapting Liz’s 3×4 calendar cards into a 4×6 card.
Neither of those felt right and I didn’t really care that much about having a whole calendar on the card. But I had an aha moment when I saw these 4×6 big number week cards in Emily Merritt’s Project Life album. So cool!
I almost took the leap (they’re so affordable), but decided these cards weren’t quite what I was looking for. Perhaps just a little too bold for me. I browsed some more.
Not finding the right thing in stores, I opened up Photoshop at started playing. I had seen use diagonal triangles on her Project Life cover page, totally starting a new trend. I will never be one to start trends, but I’m happy to play along.
As I started playing with a 4×6 card design, I also remembered how Cathy Zielske is using week numbers on her photos. (Note: If you’ve ever had an interest in doing digital Project Life, watch Cathy’s video!)
In the end I came up with a flexible 4×6 template that can be used five ways:
Option 1: white text over photo + patterned paper
Option 2: white text over patterned paper + photo
Option 3: black text over patterned paper + photo
Option 4: black text + photo
Option 5: black text + patterned paper
Credit: example patterned paper from You are My Fave by Paislee Press
I’m not 100% sure which option I will choose for my 2014 album, but I will definitely share soon. Which one is your favorite?
What’s the moral of the story?
Each time you have a design need in scrapbooking, it is an opportunity to reach into that well of inspiration. I created a solution out of desire and necessity, incorporating ideas from many other scrapbookers into my own unique piece (a Frankenstein’s monster, if you will).
They say that all the ideas have already been had, but I disagree. Every time you create, you get a chance to build upon all the awesomeness that has come before you and make something entirely new from it.
Even if you draw inspiration from other scrapbookers, no one can take away the critical element that you bring to a design: YOU.
So here’s what I’d like to leave you with. Browse, and swoon, and by all means pin all the things that fill you up with excitement about scrapbooking. But the next time you sit down and have a gap to fill in your scrapbook, lean on that inspiration as a starting point for your own unique creation.
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