Where did the idea come from?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lately I've been pondering about the information I share on my blog and wondering whether it's beneficial or inspirational to anyone. Do I supply enough information or perhaps too much information, do I give you ideas to go away and create your own projects? So I've been having a little re-assess about what I write, what people comment on, what people don't comment on and what questions people ask? Now I went back through my messages to find out what was the most asked question and hands down it was 'where do you get your crazy ideas from?' So I decided that I would start to reveal more about the process in which I take to create my projects and as from today I will start with 'Where did the Idea come From?'

DESIGNED FOR | Doodlebug Design Inc
PROJECT | Tattipillar Layout


WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM? | Pinterest
Now a few of my friends thought I must have taken up cake decorating because my Pinterest account has been flooded with pictures of gorgeous decorated cakes lately and yes, I like to decorate cakes when I get the chance, however I actually pinned them because I saw more than just a cake! Take this gorgeous summery cake with its ombre approach to the way the colours are used. YUM! I knew I had to use this on a layout but just didn't quite know when or how until now. So there you have it... the inspiration, the picture that sparked the idea.

Credit: SugaBlossom Cakes
THE STORY | My little man has has a favourite soft toy which is really a caterpillar but somehow we started calling it 'Tattipillar'. It's soft, fluffy and incredibly long but gets dragged everywhere... especially if Teddy is tired. He loves to lie on it when he is having his bottle which he holds in one hand and the antennae in the other hand. On odd occasions I find him chomping on poor Tattipillar's nose which just happened to be the picture I've used on this layout. It's one of about 100 photos I have of Teddy with his Tattipillar.


TECHNIQUE | The triangles are all punched and positioned on the page piece by piece so there's a very good reason why I've used the grid style patterned paper from Doodlebug... it's so I could keep my triangles uniform. Doodlebug have recently added coloured card-stock to their product list and the variety of shades in each colour was perfect to create the ombre look that I was after.


I didn't want to detract from the colour panel on the layout so kept the typography neutral by using black and grey. The little pink flower and the pink washi tape were to mimmick the effect of the pink flower on the cake.


So there you have it... my new approach to putting it all out there and letting you know WHERE/WHY/HOW my ideas start and work there way onto paper.
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24 comments:

  1. Wow, what a striking layout!! Thank you for sharing your source of inspiration and the story behind how the layout came together. Those triangles look like a lot of work, but it sure paid off cos it looks AMAZING!!!

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  2. Fab layout! and I love hearing about your process and inspiration ideas Tx

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  3. LOL! First off...I would never have imagined that you could get inspiration from a cake...but I SEE it :-D I love the photo, that little face is just so cute. You always inspire me to think outside the box. Thank you Melinda.

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  4. I was wondering about all the cakes on Pinterest. LOL I see now. I just love how you see things and your projects that come out of that vision are always so fabulous. You are one creative lady. :)

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  5. Wonderful idea (I also do this--pin cakes more for craft/color inspiration than anything else!!) Great layout!

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  6. This is wonderful! :) Great way to use inspiration from Pinterest, too! And it's nice to see the thought process of others - or how you jumped from a cake to ombre to triangles on your page. Love it! :)

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  7. Beautiful layout.
    I loved the colors, and the picture is a grace.
    Congratulations talent!

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  8. You simply amaze me melinda, I always love you layouts and the sources of inspirations that your use are well......very inspirational. Beautiful as always!

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  9. Stunning! Thanks for sharing your inspiration :).

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  10. Another stunner - must have taken you ages to stick those triangles on. - Lovely to see how you got the idea...I really should look at pinterest more often!

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  11. This is so awesome! Thanks for sharing this with us. I'm looking at cakes differently now :)

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  12. Whoa! That's pretty amazing. I wish I could be that, I dunno. think-ative....I LOVE how you come up with different stuff. I just sit in my room & play....usually something happens!! But I'm not creative like you, & this is probably why, cos you SEE stuff in other stuff...thanks for sharing....& that LO is simply STUNNING:):):) LOOOOVE the ombre thing!!!

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  13. Wow ! There's a lot of work in this layout ! It looks so awesome. thanks for sharing your inspiration and tips, it gives me inspiration !

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  14. You always amaze me with the ideas you come up with...but then again I am your original fan!!

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  15. Love this Melinda, and I love that you walked us through your process. I guess we all have one, I just didn't think of it like that until now, well done :)

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  16. You are just one insane talent Spinks!

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  17. I love the story, the inspiration and the LO! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  18. Love the process you have shown us and I always get inspiration from your work....Sometimes it is the way you use flowers, other times it is your colours...always there is inspiration. Thankyou for that.

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  19. Love the process you have shown us and I always get inspiration from your work....Sometimes it is the way you use flowers, other times it is your colours...always there is inspiration. Thankyou for that.

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  20. LOVE the ombre effect, Melinda. And as always your work is so meticulously put together. Inspiring, girl, inspiring!!!

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  21. Did you adhere those triangle pieces one by one? That must have taken quite some time! I love the effect! It's my favorite part of the layout.

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  22. Oh wow this is soooo gorgeous!!! I am such a big fan of yours!!! :D

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