Inspiration is all around us and you can find it in the funniest places. In my last Pinterest article, I showed you how I was inspired by a set of sheets. This week, I’m going to show you how I was inspired to design a layout based on a fish tank. Yes, you read that right – a fish tank. As I’ve said before, Pinterest is one of my favorite sites for scrapping inspiration, and this week, I was inspired by this amazing little piece of architecture designed for underwater pets.
This gorgeous creation is the Fish Hotel from the Museum Store at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. I am not usually a fan of modern architecture but something about this piece really inspired me. With clean, asymmetrical lines and a very simple color scheme, the fish tank is so simple. I love the square design with the different shaped windows. It was the perfect inspiration for a layout.
All supplies from Designer Digitals | Template: Life Adventure Layered Template Album by Ali Edwards. White Cardstock: Milly Mine Kit by Lynn Grieveson. Gray Paper: Simple Comforts Paper Pack No. 03 by Katie Pertiet. Brushes: Chandra Element Pack, Letter Box Pattern Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Fancy Flourishes Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Letter Box Honeycomb Brushes and Stamps No. 01 and Decorative Words: Love Brushes and Stamps by Katie Pertiet. Circle Stamp: Travel Circles of Life Brushes and Stamps by Ali Edwards. Word Stickers: Cut Ups: Photography, Cut Ups: Fifty States and Territories and Banner Strip Words: Spring No. 01 by Katie Pertiet.
I started this layout with one of Ali Edwards’ digital templates from Designer Digitals. I love that the different shaped squares and rectangles on her template mimic some of the lines of the fish tank. I added four photos – making sure to group them asymmetrically like the inspiration piece. The next step was to fill the remaining sections with a neutral gray paper. If I had wanted to stay as simple as the tank, I could have simply stopped there. But I always like my layouts to have a least a few layers so that they don’t feel too stark.
To give the layout a little more detail, I added digital brushes on top of the gray paper. In the photo of the fish tank, the focal point is the fish in the bottom right corner. I wanted the focal point of my layout to be the photo of my son in the bottom right corner so I added some word stickers beside that photo to highlight it a bit. Then, all I had to do was add the title and a line of journaling and it was done.
I love spending time on Pinterest and I always find something to inspire me – even if it’s something as goofy as a fish tank. I hope that you are inspired by this design as I was. Let me know where you find inspiration and maybe I’ll use it in a future column. You can also follow my Pinterest boards here.