I love looking at magazines and catalogs. Every time I flip through one I find something that inspires me. It could be an ad with a great design, a color combo, words, or any other number of things. I often rip those pages out and keep them for ideas on future layout, but the thing is, I'm not so great at actually doing anything with all these ideas.
I saved this image from my latest Anthropologie catalog. I really liked the tone on tone background and decided to use it as my inspiration for my Shutterbug layout.
I created the tone on tone background using punched out flowers. For the title I used my Xyron Wishblade Die Cutting Machine, which had sadly been sitting in the closet for more years than I care to admit, waiting to be used. With all the chatter online about the Silhouette I was inspired to pull it out and learn how to use it. I started simple with a title, but I'm anxious to experiment with it a little more and see what else I can create!
Where do you get your inspiration? Do you tear out ideas from magazines and catalogs too? Do you use them? It was a great jump start for me. I challenge you to try it, I know I will be doing this again.