Wednesday, June 3, 2009

channeling my inner Ali Edwards

Ali Edwards is a graphic designer and scrapbooker that has written several scrapbooking books and is a contributing editor to Creating Keepsakes, a scrapbook magazine that I read. She's pretty popular among us paper crafting geeks for her edgy style and her practical creative sense. She embraces "mistakes". She encourages little bits of daily creativity. She treasures the everyday.

Anyway, a while back she featured on her blog a mini scrapbook she made about a trip that she took with her family. And, on the cover was a little airplane in a circle. And that's about all she had on the cover. And it just looked so clean and nice and I loved it. And so, I stole the idea.

I'm a little embarrassed about this.

And that's why I'm telling you. This is a confession of sorts. The little airplane in the center of the cover was not my idea.

But that's normal, right? I mean isn't it natural to be inspired by people and try out some of their techniques and fiddle with them enough to make them your own? And is it also natural to want to cover that up and pretend like the style was something brand new...something all your own?

So, my friends, a confession of two parts:
1) I am really influenced by creative people I admire.
2) I like to pretend that I'm not and it was all my idea.

And there you have it.

The little suitcase on the back cover? Now that's all me.


TARA said...

you forgot to mention that THE Ali Edwards has commented on your blog before! Just doing my part to brag for you. And by the way, the suitcase on the back totally tops the plane.

Melissa said...

I copy your photo angles all the time (as if you hadn't noticed)!!!

MandiCrocker said...

I agree with Tara... the suitcase on the back is GOLDEN. :)