Loving Your Layouts Part One | May 2012
During the launch party of Everyday Storyteller, which I hope you attended and enjoyed, a topic surfaced regarding mentors and scrapbookers whose work inspires. The topic intrigues me because I haven’t identified any one single person in a long, long time. I haven’t looked at a crafting magazine since forever. I haven’t visited the local scrapbook store in ages. Gosh, golly, gee — the last time I visited Two Peas or any other mega-scrap social site might have been when my daughter was in diapers.
That’s a long freaking time! Like the dinosaurs went extinct time. One self-imposed, I’ve lost connection with my hobby, guilt-trip later, I realized why I’m not nose-deep in scrappy hang-out spots. Or keeping up with the latest talent. I’m already surrounded!
I’m surrounded by passionate scrapbookers! And THEY inspire me.
THEY are my students who send me emails asking for reviews of their newest pages. They share their skill progression. They invite me into their story. And I see how their kid/pet/life has changed since the last time we all connected. Or THEY pick up one of my templates and share it at the DHD gallery, on my FB wall, or someone else sends me a link. And I feel inspired. And connected.
In my own corner of the galaxy, I’m connected — plugged-in — to people all over the world who inspire me. And I think it’s been time to share because if I didn’t speak up, how would you know?
I love this layout because it was created for the iNSD challenge at the DSD blog. Somehow Tinkel, can I call you Tinkel, satisfied all the rules of the challenge, which is simply amazing because there were 26! Plus, she made it look phenomenal. The Retrospect kit pairs cleverly well with retro-funky photo actions.
And I’m a huge sucker for monospaced, typewriter fonts for journaling. This is a girl after my own heart.
In front of 500 people at the launch party, Claudia admitted that I was one of her inspirations! Dude, how stinking flattering is that? It’s one thing to mention it casually in a private email. But in public? She just put a ring on my finger and proposed marriage at Yankee Stadium. That’s serious love, folks. So I had to seek out my betrothed.
And I found this! She used one of my own templates from my newsletter and she’s made it sing! It’s very hard to ignite energy into kits with soft colors. But she found a way and I found it exciting!
One day soon, I’m going to dress my son in a Woody custom and take his photo. Then when he’s a teenager, he’ll stage the outfit and I’ll snap photos again. Yep, I’m going to scrap lift the entire concept of the layout right down to the very digital kit pieces. Because her page resonates with me!
So, would you like to share too? Link one of your most recent, inspiring layouts into the comments section. Show me what you’re working on!
P.S. Love the idea of standout layouts but don’t have time to visit galleries? Visit the Gallery Stand Out blog and be inspired every darn day!Posted by Tiffany | 4 comments