Inspiration from Others

One of the first techniques I learned when making my foray into scrapbooking was how to use quotes as scrapbook embellishments. I was taught that it was okay to use other people’s words as inspiration provided you included proper attribution and the sayings were appropriate for the design.

I realize that some people look down at the use of quotes in scrapbook designs, but I think they are great timesavers, especially if you want to get the book done and you can’t possible journal every page. Famous sayings can be used as page titles, photo captions, and borders. If you don’t think your handwriting is pretty enough to add to a layout, simply print off a quote using your favorite font or use rub-on letters, alphabet stamps, stickers, or metal letter charms to form the words in your quote.

Finding appropriate quotes is not as hard as you might think. Inspiration is everywhere, from books to magazine, songs and greeting cards. I keep a small notebook in my bag and use it to jot down funny sayings I might hear on the radio or read on the Internet. Even if you don’t have a specific layout you are working on, the quotes can be used to inspire a page design.

For example, if you find a quote you love about cooking, then you can design a layout and feature a photo of your mom or grandmother in the kitchen whipping up their favorite recipes. Likewise, if you find a memorable quote about friendship, you can feature a picture of you and your best gal pals on a page.

Another option is to choose a picture and find a quote to go with it. You can do this by simply thinking of words that best describe the photo. If you get stuck, head to the Internet and use a search engine to find quotes or specific words that can help spice up a page design.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.