It's always been fun to browse thru Pinterest, looking at the endless ideas and inspirational images that are out there. Our designers always enjoy taking whatever image we provide them, and using it in whatever way inspires them the most as they work on their projects. It's amazing to see how many different ideas and designs can be inspired by just one image.
"Bad Case of the Mondays", by Leanne Allinson.
My eye was immediately drawn to the wall of circles and I knew I wanted to replicate this look on my layout, only without the fuss of multiple patterns. I still wanted to represent the varied sizes of the circles, therefore my choice with the Classic Calendars Bell Pepper Calendar, was quite deliberate. I trimmed two sheets of this patterned paper at the same point, so when the top paper has circles punched into it, the bottom patterned paper still revealed what the negative shape would have taken away. Too much fuss? Perhaps, but I liked the extra dimension the layered paper creates on the page. After the paper was positioned together, I hand stitched around the outside of the circles with white embroidery floss. This not only helped secure the two pieces of paper together but created that extra touch of texture.
Classic Calendars: Bell Pepper Calendar; Family Forever: Family Rules, Mom & Dad, Treasures & Text, Trinkets; Max: Paper Pieces; Lucky Starz: Surf N Turf Starz; Snapshots: Bookplates Day
“He Is”, by Jen Chesnick.
For my Pinterest inspiration project I took the circles from the photo as my jumping off point. I created circles in my Silhouette software and cut out the large background. I then went through with smaller circle punches and cut out the backgrounds of each circle. I popped all of them up using foam squares and then finished the back off with a piece of chipboard for stability. I really love how it came together.
Max: Sketchbook, Rock Star, Master of Disguise, Science Fair, That's My Boy, Shark Attack, Treasures & Text, Paper Pieces, Candid Cards; Daily Chevies: Chevy Carrot
"Bride & Groom" card, by Laura Vegas.
I love all of the circles going up the wall in the inspiration image, and knew this design would translate well to my cards. For my first card, I used a circle die cut card from the Silhouette store to cut with my Cameo from white cardstock. I then backed some of the circles with my patterned papers. I am a big fan of white-on-white backgrounds, and the little pops of color from the circles add a fun touch of interest to the card.
Love and Marriage: Cake Testing; Baby Girl: Borders; All Inclusive: Bookin' On The Beach; Button Market: Wood Mix; Flags: Love and Marriage
"Birthday Boy" card, by Laura Vegas.
For my second card, I stayed with the fun circle design to fill the front of my card, but pulled out my trusty circle punches to do the job instead of die cutting them. I knew I wanted to make a birthday card for a little boy (one of my daycare boys turns 2 today!), so I pulled out patterned papers in tan, aqua, green, and yellow, to coordinate with the birthday boy flags. After punching numerous circles in varying sizes, I adhered them randomly to cover the card base.
Sand & Surf: Beach Balls, Borders; Play Date: Chasing Rainbows; All Inclusive: Bookin' On The Beach; Birthday Boy: Alpha+Bits, Chipboard Icons; Flags: Birthday Boy 1, Birthday Boy 2