Sunday, September 15, 2013

Inspiration Elevator September 2013

Welcome to our September Inspiration Elevator challenge. Each month our group is challenged 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. Be sure to check out our Inspiration Elevator Blog, to see all of our previous challenges.

Our challenge this month comes from the very talented Cathy Harper. Here is Cathy's challenge:

"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 that inspires you, pin it or take a photo and create your work from must include a photo of your inspiration and a link (if there is one) with your project for the challenge!"

I found Cathy's challenge really interesting! I think that if I could start over in life, I would love to have gone into interior design work.  I love looking at home and garden magazines, the Pottery Barn website, home décor ideas on Pinterest, etc.  And if I had lots of time and money, I am sure I would be spending it all on my home!

I find that I am very inspired when I am looking at home décor ideas and it is very easy to translate them into design elements for my scrapbook pages. Color, texture, use of space, clustering (i.e. of furniture, art on a wall, decorations on a mantle or shelf)… there are so many ideas that can be easily transferred to my pages!

Here are a couple of pieces of art that I just love and that inspired me in my creation this month:

I adore birds and I love the color combination of teal and lime green.  So I was inspired to use these colors as well as the idea of birds on a line.  Also, in the first piece, I loved the look of the vertical paint on the background and it reminded me of dripping paint.  So I used that idea on my background.

I started by misting plain white cardstock with some Mister Huey's Color Mists in three different colors.  I then sprayed it with a bit of water and let the color run down the page. I LOVE how it turned out!

Then I cut birds on a line using my Silhouette Cameo.  I added them to the upper corner of my page and I was quite pleased with the look of it.

Next I pulled together some papers in colors that complimented the mists I used and I did lots of layering. I used bits of paper, vellum, some die-cuts, a photo of my niece and a chipboard frame.

My niece's name, Emily, was cut out of a small tag I created with my Silhouette and I tied it to the frame along with a gorgeous feather!  I also added a small bird paper clip to compliment the birds on the wire :)

I cut out some small hearts that I stitched to the page and I finished with some pretty sequins and candy dots!  Thank you Cathy for helping me to realize that my love of interior design and it's principles can actually be used when I create my scrapbook pages!  

I hope you will stop by and see what the rest of the incredible Inspiration Elevator designers have created:

If you feel inspired to play along with my challenge this month, please share your creation using the linky tool on our Inspiration Elevator blog and/or our Inspiration Elevator Facebook page.  We'd LOVE to see what you made!


  1. Oh Joanne. This is so so stunning. Your feather immediate draws your the eye and adds to your theme of birds. Te colours, your dripping paint, the layers ad your stunning photo. I admit to very SERIOUS layout envy. Ya know? when you see something so amazing and think I WISH I HAD DONE THAT!! Thank you for being such an inspiration to ME!

  2. I am always amazed at the little details that catch my eye in your projects! You know I'm a big fan - this page is no exception! The colours are striking!

  3. to use one of my kids words...AMAZEBALLS!!! I absolutely love everything about this..thank you for the inspiration!

  4. seriously stunning! this is the jaw dropping effect you ladies have on me..incredible work!

  5. WOW! Gorgeous Joanne!! So many incredible elements on here!!

  6. Wow, tis is gorgeous, love the colours and the way you incorporated the bird theme as well as the texture.

  7. Wowzers, Joanne! This is gorgeous! I love the ripped upper corner, the bird banner and the watered mist - fabulous!

  8. Amazing design. I love the misting with the running at the bottom. Such a lovely modern layout.

  9. Wow! Love your misting, birds on the wire, layering, oh heck, I love everything about your layout! Amazing page!

  10. This is AMAZING! I never would even attempt this, and your rocked it like a champ! Seriously, I am having some major craft envy here!

  11. What a beautiful page, Joanne! I love how you carried the bird motif thoughout the whole page, and the colour inspiration is gorgeous. What a stunning page! I've seen how you put things together and put on the lovely little extra touches (thinking of a photo of a tea or dinner party you held, and the gift basket for the crop) and I'm certain you'd make a great interior designer!

  12. Thank you for all your lovely comments ladies. I am humbled.
    Joanne xo


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