What's my inspiration?? What inspires ME? Oh loaded question because.. I don't know until the challenge is presented.. be it a layout, a card, a canvas. It comes from all venues and all sources. My favorite form of inspiration is mobile. My magazines. First and foremost is Somerset Publications,
Stampers' Sampler, Memories, Apprentice and Take Ten are a few of their many publications. All filled with incredible work from incredible artists out there. Including, fellow DT members Tina Walker and Wendy Kwok. To me, to put yourself out there for submission to these types of publication takes talent but a quiet assurance and self confidence in their own ability. So not only do these artists inspire me creatively, but also as a woman, a person and the type of character I wish to be.
From the print material I move to the internet for inspiration. Blogs are an awesome creation and tool of the internet. My blog list is lengthy to say the least but a few are in my sidebar and some more I'll share here..
WHO'D YOU THING I'D START WITH?? Yes, I follow/stalk Tim Holtz! I've been watching this man since he would guest appear on the Carol Duvall (one of the HGTV/DIY original craft shows) show back ages ago. He made GRUNGE groovy and titled my "style" before I knew I had a style or "look". So yes, I'm visiting his blog at LEAST once a week for the latest and greatest in grunge, vintage, steam-punk and ink.
Some of my other favorite bloggy places to visit are:
Susan Stringfellow (yes, she IS a fellow DT) Susan creates fun and 'Savvy" sketches to play with. It's also the most flattering thing to be told "Oh btw I linked your layout to my page, your version of my sketch rocks" Um okay!!
Terry's Cards & Creativity This is a site sponsored by Simon Says Stamp. I love it here, lots of TH examples and many more to be inspired by. Also loads of opportunities to play and receive RAKS.
Tammy Tutterow Now this woman is Tim Holtz's ying to yang. The feminine side of grunge. It's called Shabby Chic. Oddly, I found her on Etsy first, and now she has a second Etsy shop HERE But I'll forewarn you, she's on "vacation" and catching up in life.
Scrapbook.com We all have a favorite online gallery/store. I think I like Scrapbook.com the most, and love their deals. The gallery is FULL of fabulous creators on ALL scales of talent and in all STAGES of talent. From newbies to masters. Yes, even the most brand new of all scrappers INSPIRE me. For it's my opinion that the newbies are touching on the purest form of scrapping. We all start there. Simple, paper, adhesive, photo and scissors. Seeing these layouts humble me and remind me where I started. I see an "unfinished" or a layout yet to be "realized" and I'll take and put my spin on it later. I use to be a newbie and I'd look at the masters and say "wow, I want to scrap like that" and these "masters" would leave kind words and encouragement on my layouts and such inspired me to be the type of DT I hope I have achieved. I'm still learning and improving and STILL look to the masters.
Sherry Cheever aka Bad Sherry This is a fabulous woman who creates without apology but with style and flair too. She is what she is and I adore her for this. She often goes "old school" exploring old techniques with new product. Or swings from left field and creates something so incredible you're left with your jaw wide open.
Want to read more about my sources of inspiration? Come visit my blog for the rest of the story!! :)
Love, Love, Love this Shaunery!!!!
Oh, Shaunery, what a wonderful article! I loved seeing all the different spots that inspire you! Thank you for sharing these!
Thanks for sharing! I always enjoy hearing where others gain inspiration....and loving that Tim Holtz pic! HEHE!
My gf was at CHA last year (owner of one of my favorite LSS!) and I kept telling her to bring me home Tim.. this was the best she could do. Mario said Tim couldn't go to Texas.. :(
Ahhh Shaunery you've made my day reading your fabulous article! you go girl! he he tooo bad Timmy boy couldn't be moved to Texas, one of these days whaddya know ... :))