Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Georgina Hefferman

I have been a scrapbooker for just over four years now and it never ceases to amaze me where I manage to find inspiration for my layouts when I am stuck in a rut.  We are surrounded by information - all of it incredibly useful when it comes to creating; you just have to keep an eye out for it!

Just recently, as an example, I was reading a book about different birthstones and their meanings.  It was fascinating and gave me lots of ideas and inspiration as to how I could translate that onto my scrapbook pages.

1_421As it is January, I'll take the birthstone for January and try to illustrate what I mean. 

Those born in January are lucky to have the red garnet as their birthstone. Garnet red is a deep dark red, sometimes almost brown in color and is thought to protect the wearers from nightmares and untoward happenings. Apparently, the ancient Egyptians also used to wear red garnet as an antidote for snakebites. 

Now immediately I'm thinking of Halloween layouts, Egyptian-themed layouts and perhaps a page about dreams for my Book of Me. These are all great ideas but look deeper than this - particularly around the color red itself.

When you think of the color red, what comes to mind? Good luck, passion, strength, energy, love, romance, anger? All of these words start to build images in your mind, and perhaps give you title ideas for layouts or encourage you to use the color on your pages.

Red is a very intense color and means lots of different things to different people. For example In South Africa it is the color for mourning but in China it is considered good luck. 

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It is an emotional color and one that personally I sometimes struggle to use.  It is bold and bright and happy but if used in a large quantity seems to drown the colors next to it. It makes a great accent color though, and is one of the only colors in the spectrum that works well with all the others. Think about it - red and purple , red and yellow, red and blue, red and green, red and Black - they all work! Nothing ever really clashes with red.

According to my research, the color red can affect you physically as well as emotionally too. It can raise blood pressure for example and apparently can make you feel hungry!  Go figure! That's probably why I am always snacking when I am scrapping (or that's what I'm telling myself).

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So you see, there is inspiration around us all of the time, we just have to know where to look for it.  Next time you find yourself in a rut, pick a color - any color - and jot down your thoughts, what the color means to you, how it makes you feel.  Five minutes of brainstorming will give you countless ideas to use on your projects. Good luck and don't forget to upload and share your layouts with us in the gallery.

 

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