Sunday, September 15, 2013

Falls - Inspiration Elevator - Fancy Pants

Hi there!

Inspiration Elevator

You may recall that the purpose of this challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow. You can view all of the challenges our new Inspiration Elevator Blog, here.

Our challenge this month comes from the very talented Cathy Harper. Here's what she had to say in her very own words:
"I want to know what inspires you to create. As I was driving home the other day from my trip back to Black Hills, I saw a really cool billboard...clouds, the sun, and a few hearts. I immediately thought how great the design was and how I could transform it into a card or layout.(No, I didn't get a picture of it as it was the week of the annual Sturgis Bike Rally and no way was I pulling off the side of the interstate with all of that crazy traffic.) Even the other day, as I was walking through Target, I saw a couple of cute Baby gift bags that had great design principle that I could use as inspiration to create with too! Then it hit me that this would be a great challenge for my IE teammates. We recently had Sue's challenge where we were inspired by another teammate and lifted their style..but I want to know what else inspires you besides other designers cards and layouts. Are you a Pinterest addict like me? And find great design ideas there or in a magazine with a brilliant ad!? Find something inspires you, pin it or take a photo and create your work from must include a photo of your inspiration and a link (if there is one) with your project for the challenge!"

Well, at first I wondered what the heck I was going to use for inspiration, i do not typically look to Pinterest for scrapbooking ideas, but more for general arts and crafts.  Because I am visually impaired things like signs and billboards are kind of lost to me.  So what then, I stewed on it for a bit.  Then while I was relaxing with one of the home decor magazines that I love, I saw this write up and had my a ha moment!

I was away from home (read away from my scrappy supplies) at the time, but I did have my computer, so I opened up my silhouette software and began laying  out my page.  Which looked like this...

Man I love that software!  When I got home a few days later, I was able to pull the layout together rather quickly.

When I got home a few days later, I was able to pull the layout together rather quickly.  And I think the design I chose works pretty terrifically with my pictures.

Of courser I added a few bits and bobs that make this rather linear layout feel a bit more like me.
I hope you will stop by and see what the  rest of the incredible Inspiration Elevator designers have created:

If you feel inspired to play along with my challenge this month, please share it using the linky tool on our Inspiration Elevator blog and/or our Inspiration Elevator Facebook page. We'd LOVE to see what you made!

Thanks for visiting!


  1. Laura, this is wonderful! Love the bright colours to convey the "fun-ness" (is that a word?!?) of your photos! I will have to pick your brain on using my Silhouette software to its' full potential! :)

  2. What a lovely layout, Laura! It has a clean, linear look, but with lots of great colour! I especially like the palm tree element on your page! I really need to use my Silhouette software more - you make it look so easy :)
    Joanne xo

  3. Laura, the colours are an amazing inspiration to me. That bright red/orange/turquoise and lime are very tropical! I like the balanced style of the four squares and lower embellishment. So awesome!

  4. Okay, I had NO idea that you could do that in the Silhouette Software. You NEED to give a tutorial on this!! OMG! Okay, and the layout, fantastic!! LOVE!

  5. this is so super cool...please come teach me to create with the Silhouette like you do...amazing!

  6. Loving this page!! The grid style and the colours are fabulous!

  7. Wow, you ROCK the Silhouette world, loving this!

  8. Love how this all came together! the colours are fabulous!!!

  9. You are rocking what you can do with a Silhouette, Laura. I am amazed! I love your palm tree and waves, and am still astounded that one can design a page on the Silhouette. Yeah, amazing is the word for you!


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