Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Hello everyone! This is Kim and I’m here today with my first inspiration post, which means I’m supposed to talk about something that can inspire us in creating layouts. I got to thinking about an idea that’s been on the blog in the past… ad inspiration! I remember SP’s fun templates from ads in Ad Inspiration One and Ad Inspiration Two. And I remember Beckie sharing in Ad Inspiration Three that you can google “print advertising” to find a lot of ideas. I took that advice and found a lot of ads that I wanted to use to inspire layouts. But as life can get busy…some of those ads have been sitting in a folder of ideas and I still hadn’t made them into layouts! So this blog post today was the motivation I needed to finally pull one out.
Let’s look more closely at the ad that inspired the layout I’m going to share with you today.
How could this not catch my attention with its bright colors and ice cream cones?! When I got to looking at the ad more closely, I realized that this was actually three different print ads. They wouldn’t normally be shown beside each other like this. It’s just the way it showed up in my search engine. But since this is how I saw the ads first, this is where I got the inspiration from. Here is what inspired me…
three words ~ Cool. Yum. Sweet. ~ I like that they all mean similar things and the repetition three times makes an impact.
you don’t really know what the ice cream cones and words are all about until you read more
darker colors of the same hue at the bottom of each ad
Combining all these bits of inspiration, I created this layout…
Once I finished the layout and looked back at it, I love that I captured an emotion for me as a Mommy. Sometimes I journal just about what’s happening in the layout, but this for me was more about what I was feeling. We have made a tradition to visit this place twice a year. It is all about spending time with my kids and cherishing that time. I looked up synonyms for the word cherish and that led me to use “Cherish. Treasure. Remember.” And I explained what was behind those words more in the journaling.
I hope this inspires you as you make your own layouts! We are even sharing a free template to help you get started. To download, CLICK HERE, or click on the image below. I would LOVE to see your layouts with this template in the gallery!
Before I go… this is my chance to say Happy Thanksgiving to those here in the US with me. And even if you don’t celebrate the day, it’s always a great time to think about all we have to be thankful for, don’t you think? Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow as Rosy shares some tips and tricks with you! Bye bye!