by Tami Taylor

This is the 8th installment of a project in which Tami embarks upon a year-long quest (inspired by the Julie/Julia Project) to use the Get It Scrapped! book and website to get scrapbooking done. 

I thought we’d take a break from the book to put a different pep in our scrap “mojo”.   Let’s talk inspiration.  Now the book will definitely inspire you to Get It Scrapped!  Even this year as I re-scrap my way through this book I am inspired to get things done and especially to re-examine the method of organization I am using to get my story out.  My wheels turn on what collections I have. I remember that I can’t forget to scrap myself, and I’m  just inspired to have a more productive scrap life in general.

There are going to be times when you want to be productive and Get It Scrapped! but can’t stand the idea of doing yet another layout of Johnny swimming or Mikey’s soccer game.  One of the things I love about the book is it gives you permission to not scrapbook every photo.  Take Zach’s passion for soccer; his first season was done on one layout.  I don’t anticipate doing years of soccer on one layout so I am faced with several soccer layouts  in my scrap-future.  The same goes with any major holiday celebrated or routine events like back to school, birthdays, guitar concerts, etc.  How do we find the inspiration to do repetitive layouts differently?

This is where I start turning to techniques for inspiration.  What are some things I can do differently on the layout?  Now I could easily list 100 places; the book which has a ton of points to perk up your pages, the classes which are full of information for you to devour, the gallery which is full of our members work, etc.  Instead, I’m going to share the 5 sources of inspiration I most use.

  1. Our very own Dina Wakley – she has an amazing style that is as if art journaling and traditional scrapbooking had a baby.  (I’m going to refer to it as Artful Scrapping, which I just googled and no one else has used that term.  You heard it hear first!)   I enjoy trying to copy the things she does in layouts.  Which is OK since I’ll never be published and here is one of the rare times I’ll share my poor woman’s attempt at her style.  Take a look at this layout she did; how easy would it be to change the vases/jars into a motif that fit your theme?  I decided to use this for my niece’s birthday party that we hosted.
  2. Another GIS gal, Paula Gilarde, is the queen of inspiration, I still regularly refer to her hybrid instructions to add a little something to my layouts.  I attended one of her chats at GIS on finding inspiration.  We talked about clothes and t-shirt slogans and when I was done I had an entire page full of notes and little sketches of the t-shirt sayings.  It was such a fun chat and finding inspiration in something quirky like t-shirts was just the unique boost I needed.
  3. YouTube.  (Yes, really.)  I just do a search on scrapbook techniques and see if there is anything I haven’t seen before, seen in awhile or forgotten I have seen.  The only danger in this is that sometimes you’ll spend so much time watching videos from such interesting and amazing people; you’ll lose track of time.
  4. First, let me just say it’s just flat out fun to play with this program.  Try using an online color schemer, this one is intended for web developers but works perfectly.  I love challenging myself to push my color comfort envelope.  Just a note on using this, on the second tab at the bottom (Adjust Schemes) you can choose from a drop down box different presets like Pastel, Pales, High Contrast, etc.
  5. You would be surprise at the inspiration you can find in your own scrapbook supplies.  I often just go through my supplies to take a mental inventory.  I get inspired by the color, texture or style of my supplies.  I also will challenge myself to use something that I know I’ve had for a long time or that I’ve been saving for a special page.  Every page is special, use that stuff!


These are just a few of the places I go when I start getting bored of birthday layouts or weary of one more green and red Christmas layout.  I want to challenge you to try these sources of inspiration on a layout.  What happens when you try to do an Artful Scrapbook page or dabble in hybrid scrapbooking?  How many techniques inspire you at YouTube?  Can you push your color comfort zone?  If all else fails, can you rise to the challenge of using up your supplies?

More importantly, where do you go for inspiration?  Please share it here and/or in the forums.


Tami Taylor writes for Get It Scrapped!, teaches at Masterful Scrapbook Design and previously owned Creative Passion To learn more about Tami check out her blog, The Taylor Life.