Pinterest Inspiration | Minimalism

A huge source of scrapbooking inspiration can be found in the world of advertisements and I found one this week while browsing through Pinterest. It’s a very simple ad – minimalism at its best – but it really struck me.

This Lego print ad consists of a lone green lego brick and text. That’s it. The image is clean and simple and draws you in right away but the genius is in the text – it’s an ad campaign aimed at parents, not children – and the copy focuses on the capacity of a child’s imagination to create something spectacular out of a simple block. I simply had to create a layout based on this ad.

All supplies from Designer Digitals | Patterned Paper: Signature Chevron Paper Pack: Skinny by Andrea Victoria. Epoxy: Crowning Affair: Vibrant Element Kit by Katie Pertiet. Word Art: I Heart Stories Brushes and Stamps by Ali Edwards.

The photo is of my daughter holding up her academic awards after an 8th-grade awards banquet. I wanted to keep the story focused on her starting high school and on my hopes and dreams for her as she takes that big next step in her life.  After centering the text, I layered it on a piece of patterned paper and added a title and one tiny epoxy as the only embellishment. I did try to keep my layout as simple as the inspiration photo but in the end, I just had to add a bit more to it. It’s still extremely simple but the busy chevron paper makes it feel more like a scrapbook layout than an ad and I like that touch of warmth the background paper adds.

I hope that you’ll be as inspired by this ad as I was! I love the idea of keeping a layout super-simple and just focusing on the story and my words. Have you ever been inspired by an ad and created a layout from that inspiration? Let me know and let me know what else is inspiring to you and maybe I’ll use it in a future column. You can also follow my Pinterest boards here.

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6 Responses to Pinterest Inspiration | Minimalism

  1. karen keiper May 23, 2012 at 1:45 am #

    What a great idea. I dont usually journal that much on my pages. My son however has just finished doing NAPLAN (which is a nationwide testing they do here in Australia in yrs 3. 5, 7 and 9) I think i need to write down how I and he felt during this time. THanks for the inspiration.

  2. Kathy H May 23, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    Really a great idea! I do love the magazine style of this layout. Minimalism is not usually something I embrace in my home but I love it in scrapbooking!!

  3. Kathy Martin May 23, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    That’s a terrific ad and page! Love! Reminds me that I shouldn’t overlook the advertising industry when it comes to graphic design inspiration! Funny that it’s a Lego ad…we just went to the Brick Magic festival last weekend. Our 11 year old son is a big fan of Lego and I’m sitting next to 1,000s of Legos here in the familyroom to prove it! 😉 Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Mary in IL May 23, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    I love the ad and I especially LOVE YOUR LO because my 8th grade daughter just graduated last week. Your message is just wonderful. May I lift parts of it for a LO to my own? Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. Vicki J May 23, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Such a perfect way to highlight a story that you may not have the perfect photo for (or any photo)

  6. Ali MacDonald May 24, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    Just gorgeous- heartfelt and pretty, too! the minimalism is perfection for this LO. Well done!

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