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Pinterest Inspiration | Designing on a Grid

[Editor's Note: This article is the first in a new bi-weekly series from our new Contributing Writer Steph Vetne showcasing ideas and products on Pinterest that have inspired her creatively. We hope that you'll find some inspiration from these ideas, too! -- Nancy]

Like so many others, I am enamored with the wildly-popular Pinterest website. In case you haven’t ventured over there yet, Pinterest is a virtual pinboard – allowing users to “pin” images from other websites and collect them on virtual inspiration boards. It’s like having visual bookmarks you can share with everyone you know. You can also browse other people’s pins and “repin” them on your boards. It’s a limitless source of ideas and shared inspiration.

I often find scrapbooking and design inspiration from non-scrapbooking sources. There are patterns and designs everywhere you look – signs, paintings, color combinations, clothes, and on and on. Pinterest allows me to collect all those ideas in one place.

When I was trying to narrow down the many images I’ve pinned recently, I came across this photo and instantly knew that I wanted to play with this design idea.

Amanda Jean, a popular quilting blogger at Crazy Mom Quilts, made this stunning quilt.  Her Machine Sampler Quilt was designed on a 4×5 grid – full of vibrant, yet simple designs. It’s balanced with grey borders and sashing. Her design is perfect for a layout.

All supplies from Designer Digitals | Stitched Grid: Pocket Pages No. 02 Stitched Grids ONLY by Katie Pertiet. Patterned Papers: Striped Mix: Powder Mountain Paper PackGingerbread Runaway Paper Pack,  Artistry de Azul Paper PackStar Spangled Mini Kit, and Damask Tonals: Autumn Ice Paper Pack by Katie Pertiet, Just Linens Paper Pack No. 22 and Stanleigh Paper Pack by Maplebrook Studios, and Ocean Solids Paper Pack by Andrea Victoria. Brushes: Flourished Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 02Grungy Ledger Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 02Inked Flakes Brushes and Stamps No. 01, and Shimmer Clusters No. 2 by Katie Pertiet.

For my layout, I started with Amanda Jean’s grid pattern but changed it to a 4×4 grid so that it would be balanced on a square layout. I then layered a pre-stitched grid onto a white background and dropped in six pictures. To fill the remaining squares, I cropped some of my favorite scrapbook papers to 2.5″ x 2.5″ and added them to the empty spaces. Amanda Jean’s quilt is full of wonderful textures and I wanted to mimic them in my layout. Adding digital brushes on top of some of the patterned papers achieves that effect. Simple journaling and a quick title finished it off.

This grid design would be just as easy to create with traditional paper supplies and a square punch. By spacing the patterned paper squares equidistant from each other, a grid is created by the empty space between the squares. If you wanted to have a stitched grid, you could draw lines to mimic the pattern or  even use a sewing machine to actually sew the grid onto the paper.

I hope that you’ll be as inspired by Amanda Jean’s quilt as I was! And I’d love to hear where you find inspiration for scrapbook layouts. Let me know in the comments and maybe I’ll use it in a future column. You can also follow my Pinterest boards here.

About Amanda Jean from Crazy Mom Quilts |Amanda Jean has been quilting for 11 years and has created over 200 quilts. She designed the Machine Sampler Quilt for an upcoming Mother’s Day Quilt Retreat, to be held on May 11 – 13, 2012. Her book entitled “Sunday Morning Quilts: 16 Modern Scrap Projects Sort, Store, and Use Every Last Bit of Your Treasured Fabrics” will be released in March 2012. If you would like more information about Amanda Jean, her retreat or book, you can find her at Crazy Mom Quilts.  The photo of her quilt was reprinted with permission.

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2 Responses to Pinterest Inspiration | Designing on a Grid

  1. Jennifer Smith-Sloane February 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    I guess I am right on trend as I just created two layouts this weekend based on Grid format! Love the details in the layout.

  2. Hair clip accessories March 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Love this layout!! going to have to try it one day!

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