Now halfway through March, both Easter and St. Patrick’s Day holiday, as well as floral, spring, rainy day, and other seasonal subjects are popping up on blogs everywhere. Inspiration is plentiful, and lots of exciting things are going on.
The Pink Paislee blog is always full of inspiration, what I really enjoyed this week is the gold, cream, and green “color crush” series they have had this week. This card and decorated tin by design team member Jess Mutty really stood out for me. Her use of a wide mix of products by Pink Paislee as well as the color and metallic mediums she used to accent her project really caught my eye.
Over on the Get it Scrapped blog, Kelly Purkey wrote a piece showing five ways to get scrap-lift inspiration from her layout. Breaking down specific ideas and elements to her page that can be used as inspiration for your own, it’s a great way to see ideas that could lead to creating an entirely different looking page. It’s also a nice reminder that when searching for inspiration to take a close look not just at whole projects, but specific ideas and elements within the project itself.
This cute rainy day mobile tutorial on Miss Make caught my attention because it a really great step-by-step and an adorable project as well. The rain drop element is a bit beyond me – but I think that baker’s twine and punched paper, buttons, or some other element that does not require crochet skills would work just fine. This could be done for a baby shower gift, child’s room, or for some unique party decor. It certainly doesn’t have to be restrained to a rainy day theme either.
Are you a Scenic Route fan? Do you miss their paper designs as much as I do? This week on the SR facebook page Sarah Milne made an announcement:
I’ve joined American Crafts! I’ll be doing Social Media Marketing for Pebbles, Creative Samples and some product design for American Crafts and Pebbles! I am super excited, so far it’s been really fun!
I am very interested to see what product designs we will see from her with American Crafts, as well as what changes we will see with Pebbles online presence.
Anna Dabrowska (aka Finnabair) is an amazing artist. Her art journals and scrapbook pages are full of incredible detail. I would love to get a glimpse of her process or take a class (note: it was announced that she will be in Canada and USA teaching with Prima this summer). She posted a layout and stop-motion video that is very inspiring. She originally shared this in Nat Kalbach’s “Creative Jump Start 2012″ newsletter:
There were so many creative, talented ladies in this project, sharing their tips and ideas… I loved it so much! This layout above and my first ever stop-motion animation was my contribution to this wonderful project:) I hope it will give you as much positive energy and fun as I had making that for you
It is a very uplifting and inspiring video, and look at her process as well.
With St. Patrick’s day this weekend, I couldn’t resist mentioning the cutest little shamrock project that was shared over at the Doodlebug blog. Elizabeth Carney cleverly uses a template to make simple shamrocks out of patterned papers – Doodlebug green is just perfect for all things Spring and St. Patrick’s Day! It reminds me that using my scrapbook stash for holiday decor and gifts is always a good idea.
Finally, I must issue a warning! Budgets beware – as I type this new product is pouring onto store shelves. I received notice that new Amy Tangerine and other American Crafts brands March release products are now shipping. Scrapbook.com has new Lily Bee, Heidi Swapp, Clever Handmade (Heidi Grace Kress), Pink Paislee, SEI, the Lucky 8 punches from We R Memory Keepers, and more. At local stores and elsewhere on the internet I’ve spotted new Tim Holtz dies, Melissa Frances, Doodlebug, and more.
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