Monday, November 2, 2009

Challenge 54 - Design Ideas from Magazines

If your house is anything like mine, you probably have magazines lying around the house. And if you're really like me it's waaaaay too many magazines. And that doesn't even count the daily deluge of catalogs we're getting now that it's getting closer to Christmas.

So my challenge to you is a design challenge. Pick something from a magazine to inspire you, design-wise. It can be an ad or photo, a pattern, a color combination, a page design - whatever you like - and use it on a layout.

Here's what our team came up with:

I chose to mimic the array of mushrooms in the above picture. However, I used Halloween embellishments to frame my photo, instead of text.


I was inspired by a page of wedding catalog magazine. I love this colore, score and ribbon and feel so crassic and nostalgic. I use variouse ribbons in my layout and imagine cristimas decolation and gift package.


For this challenge I chose to work little flags like the ones you see in fancy fairs and other such festive gatherings and that I keep finding in scrap layouts and magazines.
To hold them together, I chose a white thread/wire because it winds and unwinds nicely throughout the bubbles. Little flags, bubbles looking like white balloons everywhere: yes, this was a festive time... but hush now, the baby is asleep!


I tore this ad from a boutique baby catalog several years ago and filed it away in my art inspiration binder. This week's prompt was the perfect excuse to finally work this into a layout. I was drawn to the playful circles and happy colors, and repeated both in my layout:

This page was done on a piece of duck cloth canvas prepped with gesso.


I was inspired by pieces in the November/December 2009 Somerset Studio magazine. These pieces were wedding themed created with a neutral color scheme. I loved the color scheme applied to the theme, but wanted to create a more urban distressed look, instead of vintage look distressed look.

I will post a layout how-to on my blog after this pose goes live.


I was inspired by the back cover of my Crate & Barrel catalog. I loved the multicolored, layered circles & duplicated them with Glimmer Mist (which I rubbed on with a piece of felt). The ornaments inspired my Christmas theme & the vertical lines of the silverware inspired my title placement.


I used this page from an airline magazine. I was really struck by its color and page layout particularly the white space on top. I used these elements as my inspiration in creating my layout.
Here is my take:

So break out your magazine stacks, rummage through your junk mail and see what inspires you! Post your creations here, and your inspiration piece, by Sunday night, November 15th to be considered for a RAK.


Life Made Creations said...

Fabulous layouts, girls! So much inspiration here!

mandysea said...

Love the challenge!!!
Here's mine!

Megan A. said...

great job! I used a card making magazine, hope that is ok. my card is way different though.

Rhayne said...

Great challenge! Here's the link to what I did:

I had wanted to do this layout for quite awhile and you were just the little shove I needed to get it done :)


I found this old calendar with great fall photos and dod this new lo inspired from it

penny said...

Finally done! I love this kind of challenge. My inspiration came from my daughter's "Girls' Life" magazine - from a how-to project of a button/flower tote. Here's a link to the page and the inspiration:

Chiqui said...

this was fun to do!
I posted my layout and my ad inspiration over at my blog!
Here's the link:

July said...

I posted my take in my blog:

I love the idea..Keep inspiring us.

Starr said...

Great creations by everyone & brilliant challenge. I posted my LO on my blog:

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