Inspiration in a Jar

Pick three for a layout., any three will do. Lay them out on your desk and start searching through your stash. The slips of paper you selected are going to be the foundation of your layout. From there, the sky’s the limit!

Selecting your Jar

Okay, here’s a little confession. I no longer have a jar. My jar found a home in my daughter’s room for her colored pencils. I think that’s a good reason to give up my jar. I could go to the store and buy a mason jar but instead I searched my house for a substitution.

I found a mesh pencil holder. Not a pretty jar, but guess what…it works! It holds my ideas on my shelf. I know it’s not exactly pretty to look at but it works.

My idea “jar”

Finding Ideas

I made a list one day and I keep it tucked away with my scrapbook sketch printouts. In all honesty, I kind of forgot about my list. You see, if it’s hidden away somewhere and I don’t see it, I forget about it. Like the saying “Out of sight, out of mind”.

Once I put the ideas in a jar on my desk, I started to reach for them when I was feeling uninspired. I am always adding to my jar, you can never have too many ideas.

Writing them Down

As you come up with a few ideas or techniques that you would like to use, jot them down on little pieces of paper. I use strips that are the width of a branding strip, cut from white cardstock. I do not fold them, I just leave them as they are.

You could also use little squares and fold them small.It just depends on what size jar you have or if you think you might be tempted to peek when you pick your three slips. Oh by the way…NO PEEKING!

My list of Ideas

  • Use wood veneer or cork
  • Journal in a list/bullet format
  • Use tags
  • Use 2 different alphabets
  • Use vellum or acetate
  • Add sequins to your page
  • Use gold mist
  • Use brads
  • Scrapbook 3 square photos
  • Use circles
  • Add some green to your layout
  • Use your punches or die cutting machine
  • Use flair badges
  • Use rubons
  • Scrapbook a black & white photo
  • Ink or distress papers
  • Use both sides of one sheet of paper
  • Use washi tape
  • Use some old & new stash on your layout
  • Use buttons/bows
  • Make 3 different size embellishment clusters
  • Use a border punch or sticker
  • Scrapbook 2 photos
  • Use word or phrase stickers
  • Use 3×4 cards
  • Journal on a tag
  • Work with a collection – papers, stickers, die cuts
  • Use a sketch
  • Use twine or thread
  • Use a glitter alphabet
  • Use a doily
  • Do some stamping
  • Start with a quote, pun or song lyric for a title
  • Pick a motif – hearts, cameras, stars etc
  • Use banners or arrows
  • Use staples or paper clips
  • Create a diagonal line of embellishment
  • Use tabs and or tags
  • Scrapbook different size photos
  • Use frames
  • Pick a designer to scrapbook with one of their collections
  • Use a striped paper
  • Use puffy stickers
  • Scrapbook a 5×7 or larger photo
The 3 I picked from my jar

Time to Shop the Stash

Now that I have my three prompts, I will have a look through my supplies. The first thing I did was select the photo. Most of the black and white photos I have are of my dad. I love the winter photos from when they lived in Minnesota in the early 1940’s.

My selection of supplies

Now that I had a photo in mind, I went to my winter scrapbook papers. I decided to work with a paper pad from My Minds Eye, even though it is a Christmas theme I think the designs work.

I chose a set of Thickers called Winter Getaway and Shimelle’s silver alphabet from Field Trip*. The vellum is from American Crafts.

Since I need to add a bit more to my layouts, I shopped my stash for a bit more. I picked some die cuts and brads and a few stickers. I also decided to stamp some snowflakes on my background.

Echo Park I Love Winter Die Cut Pack and Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa Stamp Set

My Finished Layout

My Grandma and Dad in Minnesota

I love how this layout turned out and it was fun working on it. It all started by picking three for the layout from my idea jar. You could easily pick three and follow along with a sketch or you can pick more from your jar. Feel free to add ideas to your jar, you can never have too many!

I hope you will give this a try! I love my “jar” and I added a few slips to it last night. Remember…NO PEEKING!

Happy Scrapping!

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