Hi! I'm excited to be back and sharing with you, it's been too long! I have a lot planned so let's jump right in. Starting tomorrow at Masterful Scrapbook Design, I'll be teaching a seminar called Finding and Translating Inspiration. Paula Gilarde (one of our own), retired collective member, Lisa Dickinson, and Anna Aspnes are teaching with me. It promises to be a month filled with information, inspiration, and fun. I hope you'll consider joining us. Stick around this week and maybe you'll have the chance to win a spot in the seminar!
As you can imagine, I have inspiration on the brain. Between the class and my blog, I've been all about finding inspiration lately! For this week, I plan on sharing five different inspiration pieces with you. The collective has graciously played along so for each piece there will be a couple of fabulous examples. I hope you can find the time to create along with us. If you do, post your layouts in our Flickr gallery and at the end of the week I'll highlight a few!
Today is all about sketches and, for all of the digital scrapbookers out there, templates. There are so many places that you can find quality sketches and templates these days. Here are a few.
Paper scrappers do not discount the value of the template sites. Templates are basically sketches!
For today's inspiration piece, I've created this simple sketch and template. If you'd like to learn how to use a template, check out this tutorial from Crystal Wilkerson that Rebecca Cooper posted a couple weeks ago. You can pick up a few free digital kits over at Two Peas in a Bucket to give it a shot!
As you can see my page is a literal take on the template. I really love how having a few photos allows me to emphasize those inky fingers of my son. As well, the tilted photos evoke a sense of fun. I chose bright colors and a lovely ink splatter overlay from Splendid Fiins to really drive home my theme.
Rebecca Cooper created this soft version of the template. She used supplies from our dear designer friend, Crystal Wilkerson. I love how clean she kept this, it lets the eye focus on her breathtaking photos!
I love how Lisa Ottosson converted the sketch to 8.5x11 and used Polaroid frames in place of the square photos. The punched out strip of hearts at the top adds so much whimsy to this page. The pastel colors of the pop dotted hearts remind me of candy hearts!
Paula Gilarde created this glimpse into her newfound obsession, Sudoku. I love the texture the creased kraft background gives the layout.
It is always fun to see how designers interpret pieces, don't you think? I hope to see what you create based on this sketch/template in our gallery. Until tomorrow,