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I am a wife to Ron and the mother to 3 kids: Alexis, Jake and Cian. We are expecting our newest miracle Grace Elizabeth on or around December 12th 2011. I love to scrapbook and make cards and want to share my passion with you! Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Creativity Starters: Inspiration

1. Pick three colors you love and create a page with them. Don't try to match the photos to the colors-chances are, the photos will look good with the color scheme.
2. Browse an artbook and find a piece to inspire your design.
3. Rip a page from a non-scrapbooking magazine and create a layout using its color scheme, design or theme.
4. Visit your local craft store and purchase a product you have never used before. Play!
5. Use a fortune from a fortune cookie as a journaling prompt to record a to-be-scrapbooked event from a new perspective.
6. Think of your scrapbook stash. Which product did you think of first? Create a page using it.
7. Let the message on a Dove Promise chocolate wrapper inspire part of your page. For example: if you find a wrapper (like the author did) that says,"Life may change us but we start and end with family." then create a layout where the first and last photos on the layout are pictures of your family.
8. What colors are you wearing today? Use the colors as color-scheme inspiration on a page.
9. Pack your camera in your purse and then pay attention to the signs you see through out the day. Photograph a favorite and let it serve as inspiration for a design.
10. Create a page using inspiration from the design on a fast food cup or bag.
11. Ask your child what shape would support the theme of your layout, then create the shape using your paper, tags or embellishments.
12. Create a page using inspiration from a favorite website.
13. Scraplift a layout from a recent issue of Creating Keepsakes Magazine.
14. Use a Becky Higgins sketch (refer to CK Magazine) as a starter for a layout, but add an element you normally wouldn't include.
15. Check out the page calls at Choose one that appeals to you and create a page. Scan or take a digital photo of the page and then submit it for the call.
16. Make a layout where the title is inspired by a corporate logo (either in theme or design or both).
17. Use the color most prevalent in your closet to create a monochromatic layout.
18. Let the song you have listened to the most this week inspire a page topic.
19. Hang your favorite soon-to-be scrapped photos (one photo representing each event) on a wall display so you can brainstorm ways to scrapbook them.
20. Look through your album. Find a layout you have already finished, then rotate the design sideways or upside down and "scraplift" the layout using this new design approach.

There they are: 20 ways to get inspiration to begin the task of preserving your memories. Good Luck! I would love to hear from you about how this helped you. Happy Scrappin!

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