Topic: In the studio
Lacking any new work to show today I thought I'd answer a question that has not been asked... "Where do you get inspiration?"
Much of the time the materials at hand - stamp images, clip art, papers, etc - inspire me but I also use challenges and references on a variety of websites and blogs as a jumping-off point for projects. In many cases I have printed 'catalogs' of these inspirations and can thumb through them to find ideas to work from.
One of these is a catalog of color challenges. I have a section for the color challenges I have created:
A section that includes the full run of challenges from Color Throwdown blog includes their variety of presentation methods as well.
I like this new way as they show you the picture that inspired them to choose that color combination
I also have a catalog of card sketches. This has all the Operation Write Home sketches,,,
Card Positioning Systems (which is now discontinuing)
A blog called RetroSketches
And my own sketches
For stamping inspiration I have the binder of instructions and classes from the recent class Stretch Your Stamps.
This includes 12 classes focusing on different categories of stamps and the miriad ways to use them.
I have TWO binders of Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas series. I formatted each lesson into a Word document to save paper and printed them all up.
All of the ideas can be translated to cards and other projects. Tim uses mostly his own brands of products so there are lots of ideas on using Ranger, Adriondak, Stampers Anonymous, Alterations, etc.
I also have reference books on card making, stamping and other paper crafts to use as inspiration.
So many Ideas - so little time!