My husband has been working night shifts for the last few days. Not great to be honest, having to deal with the twins on my own for bedtime and morning routine, however, great for having lots of ME time in the evening for scrapping!
I have been thinking lots lately about inspiration. Like every other crafter in the world, I rely a lot on Pinterest. I pin a lot. I don’t think I am the most prolific pinner in the world, but I do pin quite a lot. Mostly layouts recently, although I also pin sketches and other “mood board” ideas.
I also take lots of inspiration from the super talented ladies that I have discovered thanks to the Facebook Scrapbooking group (there are tons of them, but when I talk about THE facebook group, I am referring to “For the Love of Pretty Paper” – group that I now also admin!). There are really talented scrapbookers in the group, ladies that I also follow on youtube, but to be honest, I am more likely to see their layouts on facebook first.
So, who have I been inspired by lately?
Sarah Costain, aka Manxy Cat Crafts.
In particular I loved this layout that she created recently. I was fascinated by the hearts background, so -as I already had that same hearts mask- I decided to have a go myself!
My first attempt didn’t go as planned. I must admit that it had been a couple of weeks since I had seen her layout, so I was trying to replicate it from memory. However memory served me wrong, and what I did didn’t really look that good (I sprayed the background with blue heidi shine but I also mixed the modeling paste with blue ink, making the final product too samey)
So my second attempt went much better. I sprayed in different colours and left the paste white. And that’s where the resemblance with Sarah’s layout ends!
Laura Rumble, aka Laura R or Beads Buttons and Birds
When I went to scrapbook the photo below, I took out some frames that I bought ages ago and that I hadn’t got round to use them. As I lay them on the paper, I remembered having watched Laura’s video where we uses the same frames. I was instantly inspired by her layout, the way she used the watercolour under the frames, the way she created the title… And I set off to create my own version!
I must say that I really enjoyed creating this layout. I am getting more and more comfortable using watercolours, despite having thought not that long ago that I would never even try playing with them!
I have a couple more layouts to show you, but I will keep those for another blog 🙂