Today we're talking trends and how you can incorporate the latest trends while still maintaining the simple stylings of Simple Stories. Sometimes a trend is a design style such as when doodling was all the rage, and sometimes a trend is the use of a particular font such as when Heidi Swapp's handwriting was turned into a rub on. One trend that I see snowballing currently though is seeking out other people's inspiration. First there seemed to be Stumble Upon and you would randomly find interesting items by clicking a button - these may or may not have been relevant to design or scrapbooking at all. Then along came Tumblr, with the ability to follow other people's accounts. With Tumblr you could create a dashboard of various photos and links of items or tutorials that you found inspiring. It was a consolidated way of bookmarking things you wanted to remember. You could also "follow" other people's accounts if they weren't private. So I could find a cool color combo, put it on my dashboard, and you would see it too if you were following me. But the trend of following other people's inspirational finds really took off with the onset of Pinterest. Have you heard of it yet? Think of your own personal inspiration board multiplied exponentially, and you have Pinterest. People are "pinning" quotes, designs, home decor, photo ideas... you name it, people are pinning it to their virtual inspiration boards. Scrapbookers have really hooked into Pinterest too, finding a wide variety of ways to use it to spark their creativity.
I've been using Pinterest to save inspiring ideas for about a month now. I love how there are so many different types of inspiration that can all be gathered and used in my scrapbooking. Recently I pinned this image (found at http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/) to my "Cool Design" board. I knew that I wanted to turn this fun board (and if I had younger kids at home, I'd make one like this too) into a layout about my plans for the summer.
So, here's how I turned it into a layout. I snagged my 100 Days of Summer line and went to town:
(OUT FOR PUBLICATION)
I didn't have photos for every "to-do" item, but I didn't really feel I needed them either.
I loved using the mini alphas from the sticker sheet to create partial captions and the cardstock stickers were great for decorating the non-photo activities.
(BE BACK SOON)
So, where are you finding inspiration these days and how are you organizing it?