Wednesday, April 22, 2015

For the Love of the Craft

There is so much inspiration to be found that it can be hard to keep up with, let alone find time to participate. Sometimes you just have to drop everything and get to making. That's exactly what I did and as you read on, you'll see just how much inspiration went into this one project.

I've been wanting to play along with Mandy Elliott and #ThisWeek, a weekly series she created to document a different aspect of your life through photos and words. You can create a Project Life spread, art journal page, scrapbook layout, blog post, or anything else that captures the theme. Once your project is made, link up with Mandy on her blog or post to Instagram using #hashtagthisweek.


The current theme is "My Creative Side" so I thought it would be fun to create a mosaic self-portrait made up of photos of my paper projects. So yup, that's me made out of hundreds of teeny pictures of my scrapbook layouts and Project Life spreads from last year. The idea came from the movie poster for The Age of Adaline. It's made to look like a mosaic of her from photos of all different time periods. Like I said, inspiration is everywhere. :)

To make the mosaic, I downloaded a free program called AndreaMosaic. I found it quite easy to use and in 3 steps I had my image. First you select a photo that your mosaic will be made into, then you load your pictures into the program that will become mosaic tiles. With one final click of a button, your image is created and saved.


The latest class from Ali Edwards, Type, began this week and it too provided food for thought as I worked on my layout. I went with a simple design and journaled about some of the things I've done for the love of the craft. Things like driving 100 miles round trip to visit a not so local scrapbook store, stalking an online shop for an item I just had to have, and squeezing in a trip to a store while on vacation. I'm sure many of you can relate or have similar stories to share!

Last but not least, I finally broke into my March Messy Box from A Beautiful Mess. It's a little different than what I would pick for myself, but I figured I'd give it a whirl. Plus, the papers are 9x12 and I feel the price is good. I really love the April kit and have projects planned for it already.

Apologies for the lengthy post, I just didn't want to leave anything out. Hope you have a fab day!

11 comments:

  1. Elise, you are such an inspiration to me. You are always trying new ways to experiment with this craft and I love seeing the end result. Me? I'm too chicken, plus I don't even know what direction to take most of this stuff. I love the look of the mosaic photo and how cool that it's a photo of you, but it represents creations you've made.

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  2. Love this! The black and white paper is so graphic and fun!

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  3. Oh my heavens Elise! When I saw this on Instagram, I had no idea the love and work that went into this layout! Seeing it here, with all the lovely details - its AMAZING! I love the mosaic. Its an incredibly inspired idea and I could go on and on forever about this, but I'll stop now. Thank you so much for joining in and sharing!

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  4. You were right Elise lots of inspiration for a very fun page. I love the mosaic picture you really are very creative at finding new things to try.

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  5. Very creative. I enjoyed reading about the inspiration for this layout. It's a beautiful mosaic portrait, too. Truly lovely. That in itself is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing it. Michelle t

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  6. Hands down, this is my favorite of all the layouts you've ever posted!! WOW!

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  7. Wow, this photo of you, made with projects you had made….awesome!!!
    Another remarkable layout.

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  8. I love that mosaic and all the inspiration behind your page!

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  9. wow!! totally love the mosaic photo and the layout!
    you´re so inspiring!!
    xo

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  10. Cool mosaic! I've always wanted to try something like that. Fabulous page!

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  11. Cool mosaic! I've always wanted to try something like that. Fabulous page!

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Thank you so much for taking your time to comment, I truly appreciate all your kind words!