Today for the Paper Cabana I was asked to be inspired by a website… check that link out here!
So this is the picture that really made me feel happy! Loved the tall palm trees on this poster!
So I decided to create my own and mine turned out to be an uplifting card in the end!
So in being asked to be inspired by a website, with many many choices, it is good to just browse… until you find something you like… I could have added more art deco pieces and I even cut out some dancing girls but they didn’t make the final design…
After being inspired, try to figure out what exactly about that poster, picture, sketch, layout, et al that really impresses you and run with it… I was really inspired by the palm trees but couldn’t imagine them on a card… I loved the blue sky and the sand was my take on the boardwalk. So I added a little of that… the ocean is solid cardstock that I tore to give it a wavy edge and the scalloped “sand” is my interpretation of a boardwalk. This is the foundation of the card and grounds it.
After the inspiration I laid it out on my gypsy using Life is a Beach. Like this:
In doing this design I used the flip buttons located under the advanced tab and it is in the middle. You can flip horizontally or vertically but you have to flip all of your design that is pre-grouped in the cart… I did that with the trees and with the palm fronds! I wanted my trees to pop!…
You can see the vertical and horizontal flip buttons here!
Now it is time to lay out all your colors on your mat! That looks like this…
In the end I had some spare parts… I decided not to keep them but be assured I do keep them a lot… the sand in my card is a prime example!
What do you do with your spare parts? What is your design process like on a broad spectrum like this challenge? Don’t forget to go over to the Paper Cabana and play for a chance to win prizes!