Design inspiration can be found virtually anywhere. If you ever run out of design ideas for your scrapbook layouts, just look around. Posters, magazine advertisements...even greeting cards can provide endless design options and may just spark those creative juices and get them flowing.
Last week's sketch challenge on the international on-line scrapbooking community Let's Scrap (where, incidentally, a bevy of inspiration can be found) featured a lovely card design by administrator Debby DeWilde.
I was immediately drawn to the interesting combination of textures, but envisioned a scrapbook layout as opposed to a card. As I rifled through my stash, I came across some beautiful paper by Authentique, and a quilt-patterned chevron print caught my eye. I gathered several papers from that collection, and found a photograph of me and Jim that someone snapped as we were enjoying a concert by the Temptations back in August of 2005. As Jim's illness progresses, it is the perfect time to revisit joyous occasions that we shared and to honor those memories by making beautiful art out of them.
The striped paper would fit into the sketch design perfectly if I ran it horizontally across.
Since the chevron background paper is so busy, it made sense to mat the photograph with the dark blue paper that carries a much more subtle pattern. I added extra dimension by inking the edges of the mat with StazOn ink in Midnight Blue.
I wanted to keep the title simple, and hunted through my alphas in search of the perfect yellow. Alas, the best I could do was a muted soft butterscotch, which didn't quite make the grade, but appeared to be the size I needed.
Hooray! I have StazOn ink in bright yellow! (I use StazOn because it is archival and permanent, and it dries quickly, so it's easy to work with.) So I simply brightened up the letters to spell "Concert!"
You can really see the difference here...see how much brighter the inked "c" is than the letter stickers below it? After inking with the yellow, I added some interest and dimension to the letters with the Midnight Blue just by dabbing them randomly into the ink pad. Don't they look cool? And they go so much better with the paper!
I still felt that the title didn't pop as well as I had hoped, so I outlined them with a blue fine-point Sharpie...much better!
I just love how this is shaping up...the paper goes so well with the pattern on Jim's shirt and it has such interesting textures going on. But the yellow of the title was now just a tad too bright. Out came my trusty cat's eye Chestnut Chalk Ink by Colorbox (which I seem to use for just about EVERYTHING!) and I just dabbed it on...
Now for the journaling...I fussy-cut the yellow tickets out of the blue paper, inked them, and stamped "THE TEMPTATIONS" on them (with my favorite stamping tool by Provo Craft) as if they were the concert tickets (which, of course I have tucked away somewhere "safe" where I'm sure I'll never find them!) Naturally, I added a little inked texture to the tickets, as well, and stamped on the date with a very clever Heidi Swapp stamping tool (one of my bargain purchases at a Creative Keepsakes Convention).
Isn't this a cute look?
Next, I added some cute phrases from the Authentique sticker sheet. I loved that they added a little touch of red, which I think the layout really needed.
In fact, I decided that I needed just one more pop of red to balance out the design, so I distressed a red chipboard heart & clipped it on with a red mini-clamp.
A touch of twine for fun, a little journaling on the bottom, following the chevron pattern, and here is the completed layout...put together in just a couple of hours...inspired by a greeting card sketch!
So get inspired! Get your scrapping mojo on!
Passing the love, Enikö