Welcome back to Spring Cross-Training! It's all about inpsiration today, in the form of scraplifting from ads. If you read any magazines or newspapers you have in your hands a great source for layout inspiration. Print ads especially can spark ideas for layouts in numerous ways: design, colour, titles and journaling to name a few. I asked Paula to share some of her ad inspired layouts with us, as for over two years she led an Ad Inspiration challenge on a popular scrapbooking message board.
Using this ad
Paula created this page about her family's love of reading
As you can see she drew design elements like the circles and the swirled subtitle directly from the ad.
She also sent along this ad and the layout it inspired
You can clearly see where the inspiration led her. I decided to take a stab at using the same ad, since I loved the circle elements. While Paula's page is digital, mine is hybrid.
I found a layered digital template that already came with circle shapes. To the template I added the blue cardstock and my photos, then printed and cut out the framed photos.
Finally I sent along the third ad that Paula sent to Amy.
You can see that she used the layout of the frames as her inspiration for this page.
Amy created a paper layout. She was inspired by the typesetting design as well as the general layout of the ad.
Did you notice that for this third ad both Paula and Amy made 12x12 pages even though the ad is letter size? It doesn't matter what size you scrap, or whether you are a digital, hybrid or paper scrapper. The design elements from an ad can be translated to suit your page.
And some great news just in! Paula will be starting up the Ad Inspiration Challenge again, this time on her blog. It all begins next Monday, May 2nd so mark your calendars.
What would a good workout be without a reward? You've worked hard plucking that inspiration from an ad and translating it to a page! Good for you! Wipe the sweat from your brow, take a deep breath or two, and head on over to the Ella store and drop this eBook in your cart.
Use the code SPRINGSKETCHES to save $1 on Stretch Your Sketches by Donna Januzzi. Code expires May 15, 2011.
Don't forget to participate in the challenges going on at Ella Publishing through May 7th...fun to be had and prizes to be won...you don't have to be registered in the class to be eligible.
Thanks for joining me today. Come back tomorrow, yes tomorrow, for even more!