I finished the detail work on several layouts that have been sitting on my desk waiting for something little. You know, the ones that need a few brads, a title, or some journaling. I did some of all those things today and have several layouts ready to add to albums.
I also did something that I have seen others do, but have never really done myself. I chose a layout that I loved in the idea book (Spring/Summer 2013 page 100) and I used it as the inspiration for my 8X8 layout for my work album. It was very interesting to me because, at first, I just loved the strip at the bottom and the long colorful banners. But, as I was putting the page together, I noticed more details that I wouldn't have thought of, and I think they add so much to the page. The little tags above one of the pictures and the journaling on the tag underneath the flower. The ribbon behind the embellishment cluster. I didn't add all of these elements, because my page was smaller and my pictures were bigger, but I think I got enough in to make it work. What do you think?
It was also kind of an "ah ha" moment to realize that "inspired" doesn't necessarily mean "copied". Even though mine really does look quite different than the original, I am very happy with it. I think it shows off the before and after prom style beautifully and will be a wonderful page in my album.
What inspires you? Have you tried a page out of our idea book? If you have, please share, I would love to see it. I hope you had a Happy 4th of July! And I will talk to you soon. Connie