Monday, February 16, 2009

Blog Party - Inspiration!

Where do you find inspiration? Do you read scrapbooking or fashion magazines? Do you browse blogs and message board galleries?

I was cleaning up after breakfast this morning and looked up at my Countdown to Valentine's Day banner. I am so sad to have to take it down. I was looking at the twine that I strung it up with and thought, "Hmmm... I bet that twine would be so cute with the February kit." See? Inspiration.
And two online episodes of Desperate Housewives later, I was done! I love it when a layout comes together. Making your own embellishments is a great way to stretch the patterned paper that comes in a kit, plus it is a great way to use scraps that you already have. The patterned papers are always so pretty that I never want to throw away the scraps! :)

Where do you find your inspiration? Let's discuss!

17 comments:

Ladydoc February 16, 2009 at 7:51 PM  

Inspiration, hmmm. Usually from a class or a magazine. Sometimes it's the photo itself nd sometimes a phrase I've heard (the more artsy ones come from the phrase or story 'cause then I do not have a notion of how it ought to look)

Michelle February 16, 2009 at 8:11 PM  

Kay Estee... cleaning my room this weekend, I mean really cleaning - dresser closets. I took all those buttons you get off your clothes and threw them in my scrappy stash. You would not believe the buttons I found! So fun.. the different styles, shapes and colors.. now to tear myself away from the computer and actually do something with them. My inspiration comes from other's LO's, my pics or a scrap mag. Love the newest LO's from everyone! Such beautiful pages and journaling! :)

Pepper Potts February 16, 2009 at 8:46 PM  

All over the place!!! I love surfin' the net (and I get so side tracked easily LOL) and I find some awesome inspiration....other layouts, website designs, posters, photos...you name it. I also love checking out magazines...not just scrap ones, but all kinds...looking at their design, layout and ads. Inspiration is aplenty...now just to find the time to create!

Ellen February 16, 2009 at 8:49 PM  

I used to devour the scrap mags, check out every paper crafting book from the library, and buy some at 1/2 Price Book stores. Now, I read the scrap blogs & view galleries, peek at artists' work through etsy, and use favorite quotes and lyrics for inspiration.

CherrieScraps February 16, 2009 at 9:06 PM  

wow inspiration comes from so many different places, I love to browse throuh magazines, galleries, and blogs. I also love a good sketch for inspiration - and sometimes it is just the picture that inspires me. I always get inspired looking in the gallery here at Mosh Posh!!

sarah_n February 16, 2009 at 11:02 PM  

I browse galleries and print out things that I like (not just sketches, but things I liked in particular like handmade embellies or cool doodles) and I print them out and put them in a 3-ring binder, dubbed my "style file" =)

java diva February 17, 2009 at 10:23 AM  

I don't know if this is a copout for an answer, but I am actually inspired by the beautiful papers. When I see a gorgeous one I get ideas right away. Currently Webster's Pages lines have my wheels spinning. Time to go paperhunting! My hunger for papers is insatiable! More more MORE!!

holly_m February 17, 2009 at 10:26 AM  

I use sarah_n's "style file" --- or her for inspiration! It's always great to get another person's opinion before you tack something down! ;)

abbie February 17, 2009 at 11:56 AM  

Inspiration for me usually comes from MP's gallery, magazines, blogs...or even somewhere else! I may be out running errands and see a color combo I like and then try to recreate it, for example. Inspiration can come from anywhere!!

Chelle February 17, 2009 at 2:21 PM  

blog hopping! i love to venture through random blogs, getting so many different kinds fo inspiration. i hae a notebook next to my computer and i write down everything that i dont want to forget.

Michelle February 17, 2009 at 6:05 PM  

Inspired by Estee's LO. Now I am not one who does single pic pages, but here it is..
http://www.scrapbook.com/galleries/206685/view/1989679/-1/0/1.html
I didn't trace the artisan paper, as this was too pretty to not use.

Katamommy February 17, 2009 at 6:45 PM  

What a great question! I love cruising different blogs for inspiration, I love reading about how people come up with their ideas!

Scrappy Rat February 17, 2009 at 7:16 PM  

Books, books, books. I can't read them fast enough. :) I love reading scrapbooking and other art and crafting books. Then there are magazines, newsletters I subscribe to, blogs...I could spend all my time looking at stuff and never get any crafting done if I didn't watch out. :)

julie.schellin February 18, 2009 at 10:38 PM  

love love love the twine - an extra touch to take your layout to a new level of loveliness :)

lam February 19, 2009 at 12:22 AM  

I find inspiration by reading scrapbooking magazine and books, browseing through blogs and galleries

Mardi February 19, 2009 at 7:24 PM  

Wow, beautiful LOs!

Crystal February 20, 2009 at 4:15 PM  

Inspiration often comes to me in the form of a song or a line from a book I am reading. From there the pretty papers and photos of my awesome family carry me away!!

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