What’s Your Inspiration?

What inspires your scrapbook layouts? For most people, photos are the driving force behind page designs. However, I am a sucker for embellishments and on more than one occasion I have designed entire layouts around specific stickers and stamps.

For example, this summer I found an adorable set of Jolee’s stickers with a BBQ theme. I fell in love with the 3D stickers shaped like mini beef and vegetable kabobs, as well as one in shape of a grill and others in shape of tall glasses of lemonade. Up until seeing the package of stickers I never considered creating a backyard BBQ layout. However, in a moment of weakness I purchased the stickers, and then invited a bunch a people over to grill out. I snapped a few photos of the get together and used them on the page with the super cute stickers.

Unconventional? Maybe, but the page turned out exceptionally well and I scored a layout I would not have considered creating unless I had been inspired by the stickers.

Quotes are another huge inspiration for my scrapbook page designs. Often I will run across a quote that touches my heart, and I’ll try to figure out how to incorporate it into my design.

For example, I grew up with several brothers, but not a single sister. Fortunately, I am blessed with three gal pals who are like sisters to me. We love each other dearly and would do anything for one another. I thought of them when I saw this quote in a magazine:

She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she’s the reason you wish you were an only child.” – Barbara Alpert

I loved the quote and was determined to use it as a focal point in a layout featuring my sister friends. I ended up making an incredible two-page spread with a collage of photos from my 30-year plus relationship with my BFFs.

Where do you find inspiration for your scrapbook layouts?

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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.