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.

Numbers are an easy way to take inspiration from math. Here I cut numbers from patterned paper and used them as the title on the page.

Here I used number patterned paper, stitching over one to highlight a birthday.

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:

The sunburst she made by tracing it with a ruler. Just amazing.

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!