Hello again everyone! Suz back again today along with the lovely and talented Mel to share two design takes from the same inspiration piece.
While perusing Pinterest, I came across this inspirational, graphic design from a magazine.
I immediate saw all sorts of possibilities with it, from the two page design, the oversized, bold text, and the areas for journaling or embellishments.
Mel shares how she utilized this inspiration piece and tweaked it to fit her own design style. I am constantly amazed and inspired by how my fellow OA designers the inspiration pieces to fit their own styles and create something completing inspiring and different from the others!
Here is what she had to say about her creation and the inspiration piece:
"I am so very excited to be playing along to Suz’s challenge today! The inspiration piece really sparked a lot of ideas. I debated using a very large picture to mimic the focus on the right side, I also (very briefly) thought of doing a two pager but I’ll be honest, I let go that idea pretty quickly (2 pagers just aren’t my thing). In the end I was inspired by the design structure of the piece, that being; the focus to the right, the arrow, and of course the title, which the font is an exact replica of the Daily Flash Nightfall alpha stickers. The Daily Flash - Flash Chip arrows were the ideal items to use as a focal point. I used the negative part of the chipboard sheet as a guide for placing the arrows, and then I added stitching to each arrow. I also used the December Story kit for embellishments.
This was such a fun and quick layout to put together, I had been hoarding those arrows for very long time and I’m thrilled to have been able to use them in such a predominant way. Thanks Suz for the inspiration!!!"
(*ETA-You are welcome Mel! Thanks for playing along with this challenge! -Suz)
My take on the design was more of a direct translation. I loved the big, bold oversized text and decided to keep that element of the design as well as the two page element.
I choice this inspiration piece as an opportunity to complete yet another day in my December Story album too.
I decided to keep the one page photo as well, and this photo of our Elf on the Shelf scene my boys playfully set up fit the bill. Since my title words contained my letters than the original title, I used two smaller arrows running across the page and added a few to the right hand page for the trajectory of the Lego dude's weapon. (Yeah, this is definitely a page that epitomizes life with imaginative boys. It also depicts that in this stage of my life, with two teenagers in the house, the fact that actual photos of them are few and far between, so taking images of things that represent their interests, their personalities, their antics has become the "go to" photographic captures.
I used elements from the December Story Kit (Chipboard elf, Little Labels, and patterned paper) as well as Daily Flash - Eggnog. Daily Flash Flash Chip -To the Point, Daily Flash Eggnog - Pop Drops, Daily Flash - Flash Blurbs - Eggnog, Daily Flash Snap Caps - Eggnog.
I really loved this inspirational piece!! I already have at least two more designs in the making from it! I hope you find it inspiring in some way and share your takes on this OA Designer Challenge by posting on Instagram, tagging us @octoberafternoon, @suzmannecke, @melblackburn05 and use the hashtag #oadesignerchallenge! We'd love to see your takes too!