We all need that burst of inspiration every now and then. I’m sure each of you have your own favorite sources that you turn to. I have a friend who goes for a run when she needs to be inspired. On the other hand, if you see me running you better start running because there is something scary chasing me. I have another friend who loves going to people watch and will go to some of the most crowded places imaginable just to be inspired. Those places give me nightmares so I avoid them like the plague. So what do I do for inspiration? I turn to 3 different things, music of many different genres, nature, and art in various mediums. Textiles, mandalas, paintings, drawings, abstract, and more. How does that translate to digital scrapping? Well, sometimes I scrap as my visual creative release. My layouts are then created just for the purpose of making something pretty. Not necessarily a story being told but something just for me. Maybe I’ll share it with others or maybe not.
Over the years that I’ve been on this digital scrapbook journey I have been part of many different discussions about the “why” we scrap. I tend to fall on the side of we do it to preserve our memories. The stories behind the photos. Otherwise the layout is just an enhanced photo album where you have the picture with no context. Believe me, I have many many of those albums that have been handed down to me over the past 4 decades. My mom has box after box of old family photos that will some day be mine and I have no idea what the story is behind many of those photos. Neither does my mom except for the names labeled on the back. She has traced many of those names and has started to put together a family history book of sorts that ties things together and it will be my job eventually to create a scrapbook merging the two together. Something that has been tugging on my heart for some time as I have watched my mother age and decline over the past few years.
What just happened? I bet that jump from one extreme to the other just confused a lot of you. What I’m trying to show you today is this. There is no right or wrong way or reason to scrap. You can actually go from one extreme to the other in a heartbeat. I’m a perfect example of that. I scrap both for creative release and to document memories along with my photos. I’m sure there is a middle ground in there somewhere but I don’t know what it is because my personality is one that lives in extremes. Find what inspires you, scrap in the way that makes you happy. Want a challenge? Scrap on the opposite end of the spectrum for one layout. You might find that you, like me, need both to keep things fresh and fun.
There you have it, my Random Tip #4. If you tend to scrap only to preserve memories stretch out of your box and try to scrap a layout just for creative artistic reasons. If you tend to scrap mainly for creative artistic purposes pick one specific memory and do a layout to document that memory. Can you use photos in each type of layout? You bet! Do you have to use photos at all? Nope! Words are powerful. Journal about your memories or use words as an anchor for your artistic layout (if you wish). Either way, enjoy the journey. You may find you like where the journey takes you. If not, you can run back up the path to familiar. Just remember if you meet me on your path and I’m running then you need to turn around and start running too. The person in last place always gets caught by the big hungry bear.
Like the photo effect you see? Check out the July 2015 Technique Challenge in the WLS forum! It’s a fun technique to try out in Photoshop and PSE!
Have a wonderful Wednesday and I’ll see you next week!