Tuesday, September 30, 2014

You Don't Have to Reinvent the Wheel

Every once in a while I find a sketch or a design that I fall in love with. One that makes me happy every time I look at it and one that sticks in my memory. When I have one of those designs I use it again and again. For a Bella Blvd design team assignment (a long time ago) I was given this sketch.
Because using multiple photos on my layouts isn't what I usually do I often come back to this sketch. I love it. It works. Why not use it again?
This is the project I originally created with this sketch. (I created this layout with the Bella Blvd Thankful Collection Kit)

Recently I used this sketch again. Once to record my son's 5th birthday. It worked perfectly because I have one photo that I really wanted to showcase (the birthday cake photo) but then the other 3 photos supported the story I had to tell. (I created this layout with the Bella Blvd MAX Collection Kit)

This layout has hidden journaling (the tabs to the right are attached to a journaling card that pulls out from behind the photo.
The most recent layout I completed with this sketch is one that I did simply showcasing my favorite photos from our family photo shoot. (I created this layout with the Bella Blvd Collection Kit Family Forever)
 The point I want to make today for "Lets Talk Tuesday" is that you don't always have to "reinvent the wheel" every time you sit down to create. If you have something (a sketch, a design, a color, a certain font, a certain paper) that you love, DO IT, use it! And if you want to...do it again, and again, and again. Repeating something you love can also make the creative process easier. It takes part of the thinking out of the creative process and gets your right to the point where you can dig into that stash and simply start creating.
Is there something that you find yourself repeating? I'd love to hear about it! (click the contact me button on the right, I'd love to hear from you!)


  1. I almost always incorporate something in nature into my cards/layouts. Lately it has been distress masking and watercolor sun or moon backgrounds.
    I just love your layouts here and I have pinned them! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. These layouts are more than cool - they are super awesome!! Love the sketch that you built them from and kudos to you for using great products in such a cool and refreshing way!! Love seeing what you do!!