Aug 3, 2011

Layout Inspiration


This layout by ShawnaRenee31 allows the eye to flow from right to left across the page. You can find her layout at Pickleberry Pop. ShawnaRenee gives the following as her credits: Little Moments • Big Memories - The Bundle! By The Ettes

My eye lands first on the photos at the top of the page, just as our goal almost always is when scrapbooking.  I am immediately drawn into the emotion of the photos which are only enhanced by the wonderful journaling of a mother whose heart aches for her child.  What mother could not relate?  Finally, the eye rests on the photo in the bottom corner.  Sometimes it can be hard to make the eye flow around a layout the opposite of our normal left to right reading which our eyes are trained to do, but this layout does it effectively.

I like all the realistic clustering.  The title on the tags is great, especially noting that only the two end tags are stapled and that each tag has a different drop shadow height.  The title appears as if it is resting right on top of the journaling, so do not be afraid to put something over your journaling to create depth in a layout.

If you are inspired by this layout, please post your layout in the forum thread here. We welcome anyone (and any products) to participate.

Aug 2, 2011

Aerial America - A-Maz-Ing!

The Simithsonian Challenge on Youtube has a new Aerial America channel which I recommend you subscribe to.  Currently, there are only three videos of three states, but from what I've viewed, I've learned so much about America and the beauty and history of the same.

I feel as if I may find some places I may want to vacation to through these videos.  I'm anxious to see more.

Aug 1, 2011

August Collab is here!

The August collab is here! The theme is "summer weather," but the colors are great for both sides of the hemisphere.

You can find the downloads in this thread.

Please take the time to thank the designers.  You can do so right in the thread or you can visit their blogs.

Layout Inspiration

This layout by carrie1977 is a great example of "color blocking."  You can find Carrie's layout at Gingerscraps.  Here are her credits:For the Love of Photos Templates by Little Green Frog Designs and Cluster Queen Creations;Our Family Story by Jen C Designs and Inspired Designs; Our Family Story Word Art by Jen C Designs and Inspired Designs

There is a lesson in Course 2 here at Hummie's World on color blocking, but this example of color blocking has the blocks spread apart to give a different application to this technique. 

Carrie's journaling really draws me in and I find myself really reading and taking my time to peruse around the layout.  There are so many small details to keep you looking, such as the tilted frames, the clustering of flowers, and the scattering of title strips.  I have to wonder if I would ever add a frame to my layout an not put anything in it, but it really works on this layout!  I have to try that!

If you are inspired by this layout, please post your layout in the forum thread here. We welcome anyone (and any products) to participate.

2010 US Census Map - Cool!

Quite Fascinating!!!

Just glide your cursor over the map and it displays every county.
Can't imagine how long it took to create this map!!