I’ve bought lots of idea books and have issue upon issue of magazines. The one source of inspiration, however, that never ceases to inspire me, is the Peanut Gallery.
I can remember back to when I first started scrapbooking and discovered the Peanut Gallery. It was like an idea book that just kept renewing itself with so many layouts and so many great ideas. Now, it’s my main source for inspiration. On occasion, I find myself in a block, completely out of fresh ideas. The Peanut Gallery is the first place I go. Sometimes when I am at work browsing through the gallery, I cannot wait to get home to my to start creating. Browsing through all the fabulous layouts, cards, and photography gets my creative juices flowing.
Simply put, the Peanut Gallery is an inspiration mecca.
This month, the Garden Girls would like to share a few of our own layouts that were inspired by Peanut Gallery layouts.
Sometimes, it’s fun to scrapbook a complete lift of someone else’s layout. Other times, you can draw inspiration from a fresh color combination that you would not have other wise put together. And a lot of the time, I see the way someone has used a product and think: “Wow! I would have never thought to use it that way!” And then there are those really great inspirational layouts that just make you want to play and see what you can come up with.
I found inspiration from a quote that 2peas username: smultringunn used on her layout (image 2).
From the quote, the entire subject of my layout came together.
“One regret dear world that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough.”
Her layout with the photo of she and her husband quickly reminded me of a lot of my engagement photos I have yet to scrapbook. I had been hesitant to scrapbook this photo because I didn’t have a wonderful story to tell behind the photo – it was staged for photography purposes. The quote worked perfectly. It gave meaning to the photo without having to include much journaling.
The other Garden Girls were all inspired in different ways. The following layouts are what they came up with and where their inspiration was derived from.
Wendy Bretz found her inspiration from a layout that did not include photos. How often to we think that we need a photo to scrap a story? It happens a lot for me. Wendy was inspired by kaynenmom's layout without a photo to create this lovely layout about a sweet song she and her daughter sing.
I must say this inspires me, as well, to think outside of the "photo box" the next time I find myself neglecting a layout idea because I don’t have the perfect photo to fit.
Lisa McGarvey fell in love with her inspiration layout by rebeccasmum. Lisa drew lots of inspiration, from the photo size to the text for the journaling and title, to the frame for the photo made from pattern paper. Lisa’s layout is a perfect example that you can draw tons of inspiration from one layout without completely lifting it!
Sande Krieger was inspired by the Digital Garden weekly challenge to complete her layout. Sande makes a wonderful point that a lot of the time we turn to the Peanut Gallery challenge to find inspiration, but the Digital Peanut Gallery also has a separate weekly challenge. The Digital gallery is chalk full of ideas - even if you are a paper person, you can still draw lots of inspiration from the digi gallery!
Anne Langpap was inspired by seeing Michelle use circle stickers to create a border across the page. The border added a touch of whimsey and a place for little love notes to her son. By creating the border, Anne was able to use a set of stickers that she had been holding on to for a while.
Kellie Crowe loved the idea of using pipe cleaners to make funky accents. She was inspired by the way Marci Lambert's hearts made out of pipe cleaners added nice texture to her layout, without a complicated process. A few simple twists of the pipe cleaner and you have a cute embellishment.
Kate Teaguefound her inspiration from the digital board. A swap and re-do challenge was the drawing board for her layout. The challenge was to swap a layout, and re-do it with your own personal touches. She chose to use DrNike50's layout titled, “ The Women in Our Lives.” The title, photos, and journaling, stayed the same, but Kate added some different digital pattern papers, embellishments and design for an overall excellent layout.
Shannon Tidwell drew inspiration quickly from the Peanut Gallery! The Featured Layout of the day was her inspiration for the too cute layout of her son. Shannon made a great point that when you are in a hurry for some quick inspiration, the Featured Layout is sure to be a big help. It's right there on top, easy to find (and reference), and always great!
Keisha Campbell was inspired by Jen's title style and placement on her layout. Keisha chose to replicate the fun style on her Sneaky layout in order to really play up the feeling and overall playfulness of the photos.
Finding Inspiration in the Peanut Gallery is a lot of fun. The layouts above are wonderful examples that inspiration can be derived in many ways. You can be inspired to re-create a layout using your photos, or you can take one element from your inspiration piece and incorporate it onto your own layout. The possiblities (and sources) are endless.