Layout Challenge: Reuse a Favorite Design

by Elizabeth Dillow | 11 years ago

One of the reasons I’m so passionate about the pursuit of inspiration is because I believe it encourages a dynamic, thoughtful environment where creativity is impossible to ignore. I know from experience how it feels to lack the motivation to make things: from scrapbook pages to other crafty pursuits, or even dinner on an ordinary Tuesday night. When you allow yourself to see the world through inspired eyes, though, ordinary actions take on an extraordinary sense of magic. Now let's talk scrapbooking.

CHALLENGE: Choose a page you love from your personal collection and use it as an inspiration piece for a new scrapbook page. Update your topic as I did, or allow it to develop into something new and unique.

You do not have to rely upon a new piece of inspiration each time you sit down to scrapbook. Take an old idea and update it once in a while. It’s a great way to develop an inspired idea further without needing to reinvent the wheel. Here’s a good example:

I reflected the colors featured in Dr. Seuss’s My Many Colored Days in matching colors of ribbon, symbolic of the range of emotions children feel. The message I was trying to get across to my oldest daughter Maddie, was that her family will love her in spite of, and because of, her many colored feelings and days.

Fast forward a few years later, and I wanted to make this page again for my youngest daughter Bridget. I could easily have imitated myself and made the exact same page for her, but I wanted to try something new. I simply borrowed the main idea, spun it around a little, and created something familiar but new.


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