Also lost on my old computer was a giant excel document I've been keeping of "scrap challenges". Every scrapbook magazine, book and website has "scrapbook challenges" or "editor's challenge" where they are like...incorporate a line from a song in your title or make a layout using only 1 color. I used to document them all (nerd alert) in an excel document so that if I'm ever lacking for inspiration I can pick one at random. So now i need to start making it all over again. Instead of putting it in excel, I'm going to write them on leftover scraps of paper and put them in a jar. No randomizing formulas needed.
Anyway, sorry about the ramblings. So this post isn't incredibly boring (or maybe it still will be, depends on your definition of the word boring) I decided to list a few things that are inspiring me this week:
1. Barnes and Nobles
I treat my barnes like a public library. I love to go in there sit in the craft section and pull out a bunch of books. Then I sit on the radiator with all the upper east side nannies letting their kids run wild in the children's section and browse through all the books. Every once in a while I'll actually purchase a book but mostly I just like the pictures.
2. Project Life
Project Life scrapbooking was invented by Becky Higgins (Becky Higgins). It's a kit containing an album, divided page pockets and other embellishments designed to get you to focus on life's moments and pictures rather than complicated scrapbooking. Normally not my thing but I read Ali Edward's blog and that's when I got inspired to take my pictures of everyday life.
3. Mixed Media Collages
I love collages. I've been obsessed with mixed media books lately. Just the combination of pictures and colors is inspiring.
4. Google Reader's "More Like This" Button
I love to read blogs but I don't know how to find blogs. So sometimes for hours at a time I will just go through the blogs on my google reader and selecting "more like this" over and over and over again. I've actually found some good blogs this way..although I don't think anyone will find my blog that way. I don't know how anyone will find my blog. I also sometimes use the "next blog" button on blogger but it seems I just get a lot of Jesus-loving blogs when I do that.
Short list this week. Hopefully there will be many pictures taken this weekend (and a long weekend at that - yay presidents day)!