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Geometry + pattern = inspiration?

Kitchen tiles with geometric patternI’m not much of a math person, so I try to avoid numbers, formulas and theories at all costs. It’s a good thing scrapbooking doesn’t involve much of that, right?

But it turns out a little bit of geometry may work itself into your layouts this season. Geometric patterns are in.

We’re surrounded by patterns each time we walk outside, when we pass through the kitchen, the bathroom and living room, and every time we pass by the clothing racks at retail stores, especially this spring. Buildings, tiles, counter tops, shirts, skirts, clutches and more display the geometric patterns that may inspire us to create beautiful scrapbook pages and even handmade cards. Skyscraper with clouds

So take a good look around. Find some refreshing new sources of inspiration and incorporate these ideas into your layouts. Try something different, even if angles, proofs and polygons haunted you in grade school.

I look forward to working with some new patterns in my layouts, too. Let me know your thoughts on the geometric pattern trend, and happy scrapping!


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What’s your Pinterest?

Have your friends “pinned you” into joining Pinterest yet?

Facebook’s recent timeline addition shares online memories and events in an organized manner, similar to the traditional hobby or scrapbooking. However, I’ve realized that Pinterest, the latest virtual pinboard to attract numerous social media users in recent months, could be more of an inspiration to scrapbookers and designers who need ideas for layouts, color combinations, quotes and more.

My friend Ashley, a visual communication student, says she uses the site to find unique ideas for her projects.

And now that I’ve scrolled through my Pinterest page a few times, I’ve not only realized that the site is a major time suck (something I’ve conveniently discovered one week into my last semester of college), but also that Pinterest can assist us in a variety of tasks. The Pinterest team provides some examples on the about page of the site:

Pinterest about page

It’s easy to share links on Facebook and Twitter, but if you want to find several unique links, ideas and inspiration all in one place, Pinterest is the place to be.

The amount of content is overwhelming, and like I’ve said, I could spend quite a lot of time scrolling through my page and my friends’ pins, “researching” new recipes I might try, chic outfits I can’t afford and beautiful apartment furnishings and decorations I can only dream of acquiring, for now.

And what’s not to like about the adorable puppy and kitten photos and clever quotes that often appear on pins and repins?

I have yet to fully embrace Pinterest and the site’s capabilities in terms of sharing useful, yet interesting, content, but the concept has made me realize how easy it is to find inspiration for just about anything. Scrapbooking is not an exception.

Pinterest makes sharing easy–and more fun–because your friends can help you out. They might encounter a vibrant photo of a quirky wall decoration that might inspire you to find something similar for your remodeled living room. (But you’ll be sure to first repin the link, of course.) Friends tend to have similar interests, so be sure to follow their pinboards to find inspirational images you might be able to use yourself.

Happy pinning!

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What’s your inspiration?

Birthday girl, Kristin, and I outside the MACC after graduation, May 7

Kristin and I outside the MACC after graduation, May 7

It’s the first Tuesday after the end of spring semester, and I’m ambitious to accomplish many things this summer.

So far I’ve walked a few miles at the Hinckley Reservation and it feels great. The weather was gorgeous yesterday so I figured I should enjoy one of my favorite local parks while I’m at home in Medina this week.

It also felt great to create some cute cards for my friends and family this past weekend. Between graduation, a birthday and Mother’s Day, I had to catch up on some work.

My creativity didn’t “pop” as much as did Delia Randall’s with her Mother’s Day cards I mentioned in my last post, but I did like the designs I came up with for the graduation cards I made.

I used a specific color for each card, combining solid card stock and patterned papers. The result was a rainbow of congratulatory greetings.Rainbow of graduation cards

Sans the usual rubber stamps, my Mother’s Day cards turned out to look similar to most cards I make. I love the appearance of the layered, ripped card stock. I chose patterned papers with purple  and yellow shades, which portrays one of my favorite color combinations.three Mother's Day cards

I’ve found I don’t plan my designs beforehand, whether I’m scrapbooking or making cards. I simply lay my materials in front of me and combine the colors, patterns and textures I find most appealing at the time.

Does anyone have trouble brainstorming designs on the spot? And where and when do you accomplish your best work?

I’m inspired to scrapbook because I want to preserve memories. I’m inspired to make cards because I want to make my friends, family and even acquaintances feel happy, loved and appreciated.

But sometimes I can’t pinpoint my designs’ inspiration. I don’t know why I chose to use brads instead of eyelets or stamps instead of stickers. The final product is my perception of good work, or at the very least the best I can do. I base my designs off what looks right or what feels good.

And it feels good to create something someone else appreciates as much as I do.

It also feels good to be finished with finals and free to have fun and relax a bit this summer.

Congratulations to the class of 2011!

Allison, Aubrey, Stephanie, Carrie and I outside the MACC after graduation, May 7

Allison, Aubrey, Stephanie, Carrie and I outside the MACC after graduation, May 7


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