I had a lot of fun making this layout. It's an amalgam of all the different things that inspire me.
So, let's see: 1) "Them" - my family. 2) Sketches. (Bet you can't guess which sketches inspire me the most, LOL.) 3) Texture - and I tried to add a TON of texture to this layout. I really like a touchy-feely element to my layouts. I want you to want to touch the layout, although heaven help you if you actually TRIED to touch one of my layouts, LOL. The brads that say "texture", some fun, tactile trims, a soft, wispy feather, the bottom edge is heat embossed with rough silver embossing powder, curled and wrinkled masking tape, plus lots of other dimension throughout. 4) My doodled, zebra stripe flourish says, "Let my mind wander..." I swear my most favorite layouts and cards were all born either in those few minutes right before you drift off to sleep or in the shower.
5) Scrap crap - I often design a whole layout or card around a papercrafting element that caught my eye...patterned paper, a pretty flower or rhinestone flourish, ribbon, a stamp, etc. 6) STRESS - it's stamped several times on the clear acrylic clock face (another Dreamgirls challenge requirement - a clear element). I've come to realize that no matter how much notice I have on my DT stuff, I'll always end up leaving it until the very last moment. But it's sometimes that stress that frees my creativity. I just go with the flow instead of agonizing over every little detail.
9) Color! Color plays a big part in my layouts. It sets the mood on the layout and sets MY mood for how I approach making it. If I'm not "feeling" the color combo, I have a very hard time working with it. It blocks me, so to speak. And, yes, these are real crayons. Luckily they're not any thicker than some "normal" scrap elements so they shouldn't do too bad in the scrapbook itself.