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 there...you must include a photo of your inspiration and a link (if there is one) with your project for the challenge!"
You know how sometimes when you read a challenge, you know exactly and immediately what you are going to do? That was not the case this month. I pondered this challenge for a LOOOONNNGGG time. What inspires me? That should be easy, but it isn't... Especially because I haven't been creating much this month. Challenges sometimes inspire me. My photos sometimes challenge me. A new product or technique inspires me, but we just did that, didn't we? I thought about some of the blogs I enjoy visiting (and there are a LOT!) I enjoy learning through other's creative endeavours, although, truthfully, I can get caught up in acquiring the knowledge that I don't make the time to apply what I learned. For this challenge, I chose my friend Scarlett's blog and I just started perusing it for awhile. She does great work with mixed media on layouts, applying many techniques on a single page, yet she keeps everything light and whimsical. She also works in 8.5 x 11" almost always. I printed off one of her recent layouts, not so much to lift, but to keep as a reference. Remember I said I'm all about acquiring knowledge?
I decided the first way I'd challenge myself is to work on 8.5 x 11, like my inspiring mentor.
Because of Scarlett's work with chipboard, I was reminded to use up some of my stash of chippies, so I dug in and used chipboard from 4 different companies and applied different treatments to them. I left the Cosmo Cricket black board alphas plain, misted a Harmonie scalloped circle frame black and then applied chunky glitter, and applied stickles to PDQ coloured chipboard. The touches of black are definitely influenced by Scarlett's layout - I love how it punched up the colours, and drew attention to the photo.
I tied some punchinella around an open chipboard arrow. Do you see the green tag under the photo? That is a leftover sample from the gelatos class I did in the spring. The background is misted in several shades of yellow and orange. The clouds were traced and then cut from the packaging from the scalloped Harmonie chipboard. I coloured it with gelatos to tone down the teal to work with my colour palette. Sequins, stickles, rubons, gelatos and white paint add finishing touches, along with the black base.
Scarlett, you know you inspire me in so many ways and I hope you are flattered that I used your work to as my inspiration for this month's challenge. Hugs and God bless you, friend!
I hope you will stop by and see what the rest of the incredible Inspiration Elevator designers have created: