Gettin’ Inspired

by Elizabeth Jensen | 9 years ago

Whenever I take a class I look to get at least two things out of the experience.

  1. Learn a new technique.
  2. Be inspired.

When I when I attended Inspiration Live! with scrapbook superstars Amy Tan and Kelly Purkey, they did not disappoint!

I am a huge fan of mini-books. I’ve made literally hundreds! So imagine my delight when Amy Tan’s project is a mini-book based on things that inspire! From favorite products and food to music and what we read it’s the perfect little “me right now” album. And “little” is right, because it holds the cutest ever 2x2 photos!

As far as inspiration goes, I was abundantly inspired! I was smitten by the stitching on the We Are Memory Keepers mini album and combined with the adorable little stitch kits Amy Tan sells I knew I had to get my hands on a needle and thread and stitch, stitch, stitch! But, before I found my much-needed tools Amy showed us some fun ways to use watercolors in our scrapbooking. Now, I’m not usually one to make a mess with paints or watercolors in my workspace, but I was there to try new things, so I figured, why not give it a go. I started painting everything in sight and loved the personality it gave to the Studio Calico papers. I started to paint in between the lines…

I loved the glow the soft yellow watercolor gave to the ampersand, but it needed a bit more highlight. Perfect! This is where my stitching came in. I mindlessly stitched while immersed in the stories Amy shared about her cute little Jack Archibald, who just turned one! I came away from the event with a darling mini book, three adorable layouts (with the help of Kelly Purkey), a few new friends, and a newfound love to look for inspiration and get a little messy…every once in a while!


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