Jenny Larson again, sharing inspiration on what may seem to be an unusual subject to draw inspiration from: Math.
I always tell people that I have gotten much better at math when I started scrapbooking. I can eyeball measurements now, and I understand percentages much better as well. Other elements of mathematics may give you inspiration as well. Here's some of my ideas:
- Numbers: This is the easy one. Use numbers as a design element on your page, use a number to inspire your subject, or use it to organize your journaling.
- Equations: Think about describing a photo is terms of an equation. What plus what equals what?
- Math tools: Use a ruler, a protractor, or a compass to design the page.
- Shapes: Think geometry and take design inspiration from a shape. I also remember long ago a Creating Keepsakes article that showed ways of using the Fibonacci sequence as a design tool. Here's a link that shows ways it's been used as a part of design outside of scrapbooking, and here's a link that explains how to use the golden spiral in design.
Here's some pages that use math as an inspiration.
Birthdays aren't the only number inspiration. Here I highlighted the number of miles I ran last summer. Christine Newman also used numbers both for design and inspiration:
The way this mimics three-dimensional shape is also pretty cool.
In my gallery this month I used a compass to trace the interior circle. And before you think the ruler is something just for ordinary scrapping purposes, check out what Christine Newman did:
I like using a formula as the journaling. It's simple and fun. In this case, I had a ton of photos to use, so the equation was quite big. Hopefully I got the order of operations right. I don't think I needed the parentheses, for example, but I had them and wanted to use them up, so I did.
I love circles in general (you'll see them on a lot of my pages this week), and on this page I did a lot with circles in patterned paper, embellishments, stamping, and misting. There are lots of geometric shapes to try, but if you want to be trendy, try triangles too. Those three-sided beauties are the next hot trend.
I hand cut a curve--not a parabola, but still mathematical--to highlight this page about how we taught my son fractions: through cut apples, of course.
I hope this gives you some ideas for incorporating math into your pages beyond measurement. If it did, please share your inspiration with everyone in the comments!