Finding inspiration in your Stash

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When I’m running short on inspiration, I often go “shopping” in my own stash of digital scrapbook supplies. As I browse through previews, I usually find something that sparks my creativity and makes me feel like scrapping a particular experience or memory. Let me show you a few examples:

This kit had some word art that caught my eye. When I saw the piece that said “Laugh as much as you breathe & Love as long as you live” – I had a certain photograph pop into my mind.

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This picture was a candid shot taken during our Christmas card photo shoot. We were laughing so hard that day! The word art was a perfect fit for this memory.

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Sweet & Simple by Weeds and Wildflowers. Homemade Apple Font. Ali Edwards Template no 25. Photo by Remember This Photography.

The theme of this kit is what got my wheels turning. I loved the “Around the World” embellishments and they got me thinking about where I had traveled to in my life.

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The funny thing is that I didn’t end up using any of the themed elements for my page. I decided that the papers and flowers were so pretty and that they would go well with a picture I had been wanting to scrap of the Eiffel Tower. The page ended up being about my daughter’s dream of going to Paris, instead of my own past travels. It’s so interesting where a kit can take you in your creative journey!

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Around the World collab kit by The Digichick designers. The King and Queen Font and Traveling Typewriter fonts. Template by Bree Clarkson (modified)

Many times, a certain embellishment piece (the red camera in this case) or a color scheme will inspire me to scrap a photo or a memory.

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The reds and blues of this kit were a great match to a 1997 photo of my daughter at a picnic. Even though the kit does not have a picnic theme, it all came together so nicely!

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Everyday Flair by Creashens. Traveling Typewriter font.

I have so much fun looking through my supplies to get ideas, but I’ve never thought to write them down before. It dawned on me as I was browsing my collection for this post, that I was passing up a lot of ideas inspired by kits or products because I didn’t have time to tackle them right now. I decided to jot down a few notes about the goodies I want to use in the near future. You could even include these notes as metadata with your preview image if you’re the organized type! (All images are linked)

LOVE the license plate flag banner in this kit! I have several road trips to document, and my son used to have a license plate bedspread so I have plenty of uses for this.

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My kids used to love to play with the pool table in their Great-Grandparents basement. Lots of fond memories that could be illustrated with this fun set.

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I have a picture of my daughter sitting in front of a toy beauty shop that I swear was used as inspiration for this kit! Unfortunately, I also have several pictures of her with goofy haircuts that she did herself when I wasn’t looking. The scissors reminded me of those memories!

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I know I have said and/or heard a lot of these phrases before! I never thought about doing a “Mom Speak” layout until I saw these word strips.

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Another bit of topic inspiration – I should scrap about our family “rules” and traditions!

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Isn’t it amazing to see how many ideas you can get from your own stash of supplies? I hope you will go “shopping” through your own kits and act on the inspiration that you find!

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P.S. The title image was created with Everyday Flair by Creashens and Howie’s Abundant Stamp Font.