How do you start a scrapbook page? What inspires you? Is it the photo?, a sketch?, a memory or some beautiful scrapbooking paper?
Most of us take inspiration from all of these at some time or another. I know for me a sketch certainly helps when the old mojo is lacking. For this layout I used a few ideas to kick start the page.
I knew I wanted to scrap these photo's of Rob and his Gran as soon as I saw them. There was a story behind the photos and I just loved the second shot of Rob caught mid laughter. So I had the story and the photos, now to start the layout...
I am really liking the look of my i-touch hipstamatic photos at the moment. It's not just the retro style they have but the different processes and the fact that they are small squares.
So I cropped the photos and printed them to the required size.
Another look that I like at the moment is the splashes and splodges of mists and inks. It's something I have tried a few times and find after the initial interpretation of flicking the first splodge of ink on the page , is an enjoyable way of adding a distressed look to the page. So when I saw this layout by Mahlin Wiggur in the new scrapbooking magazine Scrap 365, it helped inspire the placement of the photos, ink and colour scheme.
As you can see my layout looks nothing like Mahlin's which goes to show that when using a sketch or a technique you can make it completely your own.
I will be back later in the week with another layout and what inspiration I used to make it.
I would love to hear what inspires you or how you start your layouts. So it would be fab if you could leave a comment and share your thoughts with us all.