Inspired By | Personality In Spades

One of the the things I love about Pinterest is that through all of the people I follow, I am exposed to layouts and craft projects and recipes that I never would have found otherwise. It’s also an easy way to keep track of layouts I’m inspired by and want to scraplift. When I see something that inspires me, I just pin it and can refer back to it quickly.

I do scraplift ideas all the time. I don’t have hours to come up with well designed pages (and yes, if I do it myself I can take me hours). Design has always been the hardest part of scrapbooking for me. I much prefer to see something someone else has designed and then take inspiration from there. For today’s creation, I was inspired by this layout from Amy Heller:

I pinned this layout the other day and it had me literally running up to my scrapbook room to get started on a layout. I’ve been hoarding this sheet of paper from Crate’s Restoration collection for a long time. I knew I wanted to do something fun with the playing cards and when I saw Amy’s layout, I knew it would be the perfect theme for a layout about my nephew.

Here’s what I came up with:

I loved that Amy cut out the spades cards and use them as accents and to support her theme. I choose to do the same thing but I arranged the cards along the top. Instead of creating an asymmetrical layout, I centered everything on mine. I turned all of my photos to black and white because my nephew’s clothes were as colorful as his personality. I wanted the focus to be on the range of his facial expressions and the colors would have been distracting.

I scraplifted Amy’s title too, because only in rare moments am I that clever. I’ll take the help if it means completing a layout that much faster. Here’s a detail shot to show that I used dimensional foam adhesive on the large photo mat and to the center photo. I think that dimensional adhesive adds a polished look to finished layouts.

I didn’t add much in the way of embellishment. A few heart paper clips (that I’ve had in my stash for years), some distress stickles covering a spade shape I cut with my Silhouette, some crochet thread and two yellow hearts (indicating that this is a Personality layout I created for my Twelve Big Picture class). As usual, I left no room for journaling, so my trick is to add the journaling to a tag and tuck it behind a photo mat. And now that I’m looking at it on the screen, I think I may go back and add some mist splatters, a la Shimelle!

Not only did I use up some products I’ve been hoarding for a long time, I was able to create a fun layout that perfectly fits my nephew’s personality. I’m sure the day will come when he won’t want to ham it up for the camera anymore. I wanted to capture and remember the days when he always had a ready smile for me to snap.

Thanks for stopping by today!

22 Comments

  1. what a great layout! and your photos are just too cute! the title is so perfect

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  2. I love the black and white photos and how you put the card in with the photos. Great layout. Really stands out.

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  3. What a great layout & fun photos of your nephew’s facial expressions! That was definitely a layout worth scraplifting.

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  4. Adorable! I love using pinterest for ideas.

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  5. I love what you did with your layout. So fun!

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  6. I love doing scraplifts and sketches. Nice interpretation!

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  7. Your version came out cute!

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  8. LOVE what you did, Tammy!
    Haven’t venture too far into Pinterest…yet. I’m afraid to! LOL!!

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  9. Gorgeous page and I love your take on it too – you have some super photos 🙂

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  10. What an awesome layout!! I always love to scraplift and pick up other ideas from other people and now Pinterest makes it so much easier to organize ideas.

    BTW, we booked our trip to Orlando!!! So excited!

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  11. Wow, that is an amazing layout! Perfect title. I know what you mean about rarely being that clever!

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  12. great scrap lift! Love how you lifted the title. Fun!!

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  13. What a fabulous title! Great layout.

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  14. I love your take on the design! I’m hoarding that paper too. I haven’t delved into Pinterest yet, but I’m sure it’s inevitable…

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  15. Great layout! I love the crispness of it and that there isn’t too many embellishments. Sometimes people add in too many and it takes away from the photos.

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  16. I can see why you scrap-lifted this layout.
    Love your take on it.
    It takes me all night to do a double page layout. I need to scrap-lift more.

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  17. Hey Tammy – awesome job with the inspiration. I think I have this paper too and wondered how to use it! Thanks for dropping by my blog and your nice comments. Nice also to have someone on my “Move” journey with me.

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  18. I love your page! The colors are awesome, you made it your own, great job!

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  19. Beautiful page! Don’t you just love those AHA moments? I love that you shared your inspiration and the ways you tweaked the design to make it your own.

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