Thursday, May 15, 2014

Inspiration Elevator May 2014

We are beginning a new season of Inspiration Elevator (our 3rd year!) with some new designers, familiar faces and amazing challenges. Our main purpose with IE is to challenge ourselves and each other to take our creating to the next level. To inspire growth and change in our scrapbooking beyond the mundane. You can see all of Inspiration Elevator's previous challenges at our BLOG and catch us on Facebook and Instagram (soon!) too.

This month we welcome my good friend Shelby Koehler who is joining us as a Guest Designer. Shelby is a very talented scrapbooker who is famous for her creations at Two Scrapbook Friends where she creates kits and other inspiration for their very busy store. We are so thrilled to have her joining us!

It was my turn to issue the challenge this month so I tried to make it fun! 

"Currently. That is the topic for our next challenge!

Social media and digital cameras inspire us and make it easy to capture the everyday and that is the reason for my challenge. It used to be that pictures were only taken of special events or during vacations. Now, photos are taken all the time. Whether or not we agree with the number of photos that people take now, it is fun to document an ordinary day. It is interesting to capture a moment in time and I am sure we will enjoy looking back on it someday.

So, I want you to pick a day, grab your camera and take a few pictures of your surroundings. I want you to document what you are currently: Eating, Reading, Loving, Wearing, Listening, and Hoping. I would like you to include the date on your design, the complete list and at least one photo. Otherwise, make it your own and have fun!"

I wanted my layout to have a bright and clean look to it. I decided to work with Amy Tangerine's Plus One collection and Simple Stories DIY Boutique. I love the crisp look of black and white mixed with color and both of these lines offer that.

I decided to include three photos on my layout; spring flowers, my favorite slippers and the book I am currently reading.  I added the pictures to frames cut from the pattern paper and then I matted each with cardstock.

My trusty date stamp allowed me to note the day and I used a journal card to document the six items.

Some amazing foam alphas from Amy Tangerine were used to create my title and I diecut a cloud from pattern paper. 

I also created some fun clusters around the layout, including some stickers and epoxy sprinkles.

Here's a complete list of all our designers this month including some new faces! Please welcome Jayne Morgan, Katherine Sutton and Wendi Robinson as regular creators.  We sure are lucky to have them creating and challenging us this year. We encourage you to check out each designer's creation this month, then come on back and give the challenge a try yourself!

Shelby Koehler - Guest Designer

We would also like to say goodbye and a heartfelt thanks to those leaving us this month: Laurel Seabrook, Cathy Harper and Laura Whitaker. We have been inspired by your challenges and your designs.


  1. Oh how I love this layout!! The pictures in frames, genius! It is such a fun happy page!!!! Thanks for the fantastic challenge this month!

  2. I always look forward to seeing what you create each month! My favourite part of this lovely bright layout is how you layered and framed your beautiful photos. I adore that you alternated colours and really gave those plain frames a lot of punch. Thanks for a great challenge and all your bring to our team!!

  3. Such a fun layout! Love all the bright colours and how you incorporated your list

  4. love love how your page turned out and using this line!!! super cute!!!!

  5. What a stunning way to capture a day in your life. You really nailed it. Sending many hugs and a very humble thank you for blessing me with Ann Voskamp's has changed my whole view to living my life as a thank you to our Lord. xxx

  6. Very cute, love how you incorporated the frames.

  7. Your layout Rocks Joanne!
    love the colours.

    (Is Shelby's name correct on IE Blog??)

  8. Yes, MaryAnn. That is her FB name (her maiden name) :)

  9. Such a cool challenge! I love this layout, so many wonderful details.

  10. Beautiful Joanne, I love all the colours in both the papers and photos - loads of lovely details to look at.

  11. This is fabulous and I love your slippers!

    I nominated your blog for a Liebster award.

  12. A lovely page Joanne, so......cheerful! I like how you incorporated the frames and I do really like those slippers! Thanks for the warm welcome to the team.

  13. Oh wow, this is awesome Joanne!!!


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