Happy first day of September!
I can't believe we're here already. The girls are lamenting the changing of the page on the calendar, signaling, officially the end of summer. I have to remind them that we're not done quiet yet, there's one more long weekend with lots of fun in store.
The other day at My Scrapbook Nook, we were asked what most inspires us when we scrap. For me, number one has, for a long time been other scrappers. I have a file saved on my computer of layouts/cards that others have done that I'd like to try out. It's called 'lifting' in the scrap world. Now it's important to note, just as in literature, movies, song writing, etc that when and if a crafter has lifted another scrapper's work, credit should be given to the initial creator. It gets a little muddy when you stop to consider things like page design, for example. As there really are only a certain number of ways you can put together a 12x12, or 8.5x11 layout especially when working with primarily 4x6 photos. That said, however, it is common courtesy, to always mention where, and/or from whom you got the inspiration to try the design, and/or technique, etc. I have to say, it's happened to me where I've been sloppy in saving a file, and have forgotten to note the name of the scrapper, I've only noted the site I took the photo from. In my opinion stating it as such is fine. At least I've made an attempt to credit the individual, and the point is that I'm not taking credit for something for which I was first inspired to do by another.
Anyhow the question got me thinking about a design/technique that I saw Wendy McKee use a while back. That I had wanted to try, but totally forgot about. Last night, I changed that. I knew I wanted to do a layout about me, I wanted to include a photo, and have point form journaling. I even knew which papers I wanted to use, I just had to choose the embellishments and the design of each tag. I loved making this layout. I just love adding bits and pieces to paper, it makes me happy. Here is Wendy's layout...
I also created this layout for the Aug Sketch Challenge over at the Nook
As for the Design Team Call Top 40 over at The Nook. It's been a fun couple of days. I've never spent so much time on my laptop. It's hard not to, there are 39 women to get to know. If you know me, you know I love, love, love getting to know people, much to my dear hubby's chagrin, especially when he just wants to get home (think Sunday morning, church, Bears game starting in 30 minutes). I've met some lovely ladies from all over the world. And when I say all over, I am, in no way exaggerating. They come from all over: Singapore, Sweden, Idaho, France, Toronto, Florida, Georgia, Belgium, Alabama, Arizona, The Netherlands, Japan. Ev. Er. Ry. Where. It's the best place in the world to be if you're at all interested in this scrappy love fun I so adore. I don't envy Leah, and her team at all. These women are sincerely all so kind, and the talent is crazy. I'm so happy to have met each, and every one.
That's if for me today. Thanks so much for popping in. I'd love to know you were here, it would be nice to hear from you too, leave a comment and say "hi".