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November 18, 2010

Inspiration at Home

Our design team member Kelly has come to the end of her contract time with IIG and she has some final projects to share with us today. Let me say that Kelly has been wonderful to work with and has created so many projects that you should still visit her at her personal blog to see what she will be doing next :)

In the meantime a big thanks to Kelly and well wishes!

There have been times where my desk has become a pile of “s-crap”. For months. Yes, months. Sure, I can go to the internet or look through my pages of ideas that I’ve ripped out of magazines, but what has helped me re-fuel is to look at the “everyday”. After all, isn’t that why we scrapbook? Save some time, save your money. Look around you. What can you find to inspire you? A cereal box? A bible verse? A pair of shoes? A shower curtain?

While we may have wonderful memories from vacations, weddings, and graduations, “everyday” is where we spend most of our time. And, sometimes it’s not enough to see those memories in scrapbook form. We need to let our creative juices pour out into other things…our jewelry, paintings, walls, gardens, furniture. After all, we are not just scrapbookers. We are artists.

I’m hoping to inspire you to make your creative juices pour out.

My first source of inspiration? My bathroom tile. I hate it. Wait, HATE is such a strong word. I really, really, really, really do not like my bathroom tile. I look at it and it screams 1966! It’s cream colored with light brown flecks (which look like freckles) and every so often there is unique tile that really screams 1966! It looks like… gear shaped snowflakes?! And while I really, really, really, really do not like it in my bathroom, I’ve used it as a source of inspiration for a scrapbook page.

Here is a picture of my tile (I told you, 1966!!!)

Here is the page that it inspired.

Headline: Ugly tile inspires A Whole New World. I cut square cardstock “tiles” and fleck painted them by putting brown paint on an old toothbrush and rubbing it against a piece of plastic. After they were dry, I ran the squares through a Cuttlebug embossing folder (Swiss dots). I used Spellbinder nesting dies and Sizzix snowflake dies and assorted punches to re-create that “unique” tile design.

Right now, go look at your bathroom tile. Go. Right now, I’ll wait…Hopefully, yours is newer than 1966. But ugly or not, let it inspire your next scrapbook page. And, come back and show us your tile inspired art.

Be inspired every day, by the everyday.

Inspired Every Day Project 2
It’s hot as ever, and when looking for inspiration, I’m thinking of the cooler days to come. Today, my inspiration is in the garden. Underneath those leafy, tall stalks lay pebbles of color. I love growing Indian corn in the garden because there is a surprise in every ear. I will never be able to create anything as beautiful as God’s shiny jewels, but I try. Scraps become small circles, and the small circles become kernels. Crimped papers become leafy husks. What’s growing in your yard that can inspire you?

Be inspired every day by the everyday.


  1. Wonderful layouts! Thank you for making so much sense. In this iPod, iWorld, it is hard to put down the computer and just be inspired when we've been conditioned to like only things that are pixel perfect and not natural.

  2. I love that you lifted from tile and the page turned out great. You are so talented...yep, I will keep visiting you to see your CUTE projects!!!

  3. Is it bad that I like your tile?! LOL!
    Yes, I like your tile...but I LOVE the layout it inspired! Those gears you created look fantabulous and the whole design goes so well w/ your Aladdin pic - who would've thought?! :0)

    As for the "corny" layout... I love circles but never in my wildest dreams could I have envisioned it as a corn cob - wow! You have quite an eye for seeing the abstract! Bravo!


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