Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Getting Those Creative Juices Flowing!

Here's a little info on getting things going when you are feeling stuck.  If I am working on a challenge and I think where do I start or where am I going with this...the easiest way for me to get things going is to decide on my color scheme.  I look at the photos I want to use and then I start searching for patterned papers that pick up some of the colors in my photos.  Preferrably I like to use coordinating papers from a kit or pack, so that I don't have to go through to much fuss putting them together.  Once I have my patterned paper picked out, then I can get my solids that match.  That is usually the hardest part for me and once I have that done, I can start deciding on embellishments that will go with the feel of my lo.  Pretty simple process, but it really works for me.

I've had this sketch from the Sketch Along Tuesday over at Frosted Designs in my mind for a while, but just couldn't get things moving on it.  But I decided to pick out my photos last night...even though I still had no clue what I wanted to do!!  I got them sized and printed and then went with my technique above and couldn't believe how fast it came together!  So next time you are stuck, try getting things started with your photos and papers.  I think you'll be surprised at the great results!

Products Used:

Paper:  American Crafts, BoBunny, Bazzill
Corrugated Alphas:  Jillibean Soup
Pearl Embellishments:  Close to My Heart
Ribbon & Trim:  American Crafts & The Paper Studio
Pen:  Zig


  1. Ashley- such a CUTE layout!!! I love love LOVE it! The colors are magnificent, the flowers are adorable, and I love how you interpreted the sketch! I am amazed by this LO, Ashley, it's AWESOME!! :)

  2. Wow- Ashley this layout is wonderful. I too like to get my papers figured out first and having your photos is great inspiration to work with. Love the title- just so cute as are all the pics in the layout. Love the corragated white board too! Thanks for joining us at Sketch Along Tuesdays.

  3. oh wow! that is such an amazing take on our sktech..Love your color choice and those pics are adorable..
    thnx for playing along

  4. Super, super cute, Ashley! I love it! The details, the colors, paper selection---all of it!

  5. Great tips, Ashley!! Your layout is beautiful! Love the splash of pink you've added... Thanks for joining us over at Sketch Along Tuesday/Frosted Designs!! Hugs!!

  6. Beautiful double page! The colors are great compliment for the pictures.
    Thanks for joining us on Sketch Along Tuesdays @ Frosted Designs. Hugs!

  7. This is too cute! I love the colors and expecialy I love the strips you used.
    Thanks for playing with us at Sketch Along Tuesday @ Frosted Designs.