Saturday, December 15, 2012
Hello and happy Saturday everyone! Aubrey here with an inspiration post! Hopefully this helps to get you out of scrapbooking ruts…you know, the times you sit down with pictures in front of you on the computer, but you have no idea of how to put it into a layout? I get those once in a while and it’s usually when it has been a while since I had scrapbooked, but usually I can look around me and formulate a “plan of action” for those pictures!
I am going to warn you here and now: when I show this to people I know, they look at me like I’m nuts (including my loving and supporting husband!) so don’t be surprised if you think this is a little crazy, but this is literally how I think and see things and hopefully will help you in the future! Ok, so when I look around I see things in lines. I will look at a city skyline and see the lines that create it and can see a layout. See!!! I am crazy!! But by the end of this I hope to have you all “seeing lines” if only to help you to be inspired for your layouts! I am going to show you a picture of the “inspiration” and then the layout that was inspired from the picture. Here we go!
This first one is of my kitchen cabinets (please ignore the mess!). If you look at the lines of the cabinets, countertops, and stove you will see where I got my layout!
And here is the layout:
Looks TOTALLY different, right? But the layout was in the lines. If you are not seeing it, here is how it looks to me:
Now does it make sense? I find layouts in magazines, house walls, stores, and so many places! I have been in meetings and had to draw out a layout that I see in front of me because I am afraid I will forget it (did I mention I am a bit OCD?), but this helps me out so much when I am struggling to create a layout. Here are a couple more examples:
This was in a magazine that came to our house and here is the corresponding layout:
I even copied the shape where I put the title!
I have found many great pages on pinterest that inspire me in my scrapbooking, but I also found the layout of the actual sight as great inspiration for a layout itself!
I didn’t put all the blocks in that you see on pinterest, but that is the beauty of it: you can create the layout to be whatever you want!
This is the back of one of our kitchen chairs. Look at the lines and imagine a layout. Here is my take on it:
I have blocks of paper across the top like the vertical rungs on the back of the chair and the title is where the seat would be.
This was the opening page of a website. Are you starting to see the lines now?
I even put little pictures across the bottom just like in the website. There are some really great “layouts” out there just waiting to be discovered! I have noticed that newspapers, websites, magazines, and ads have the greatest layout ideas because they already are a layout! They have GREAT lines! So am I just a little less crazy? So, I am challenging you all to “see the lines” and create a layout with something you see around you. I am even giving you an email ad I received, for a start:
Feel free to use the one I included, or come up with one you find. We would love to see what you come up with in the Gallery! Trust me, once you get the hang of this, you’ll never go back! Thanks for joining us here on the blog and I hope this inspired you! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday with Layout of the Week!