Weekly Warm-Up: Inspiration Sites and Camp Crafty Challenge Winners

07/27/2009 at 8:16 am | Posted in weekly warm up | 8 Comments
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Happy Monday, O Creative Ones!

At Creating Keepsakes we are often asked, “Where can I look to find scrapbooking inspiration?” The answer, my friends, is simple—ABSOLUTELY EVERYWHERE.

However, we understand that you’re probably looking for a little more specific direction than that. So today, we present you with some cool internet sites that might tickle your creative fancy.

How to use these sites? Though they cover topics ranging from fashion to party themes to general  trends, look for appealing color combinations or accents or texture play or typography treatments.

We’ve highlighted a mere three in each category, which doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what’s out there. But we’ve got to start somewhere, right? So hop aboard the Inspiration Train and prepare for some major creative stimulation!

Event planning sites:


Fashion sites:

  • Polyvore: Create outfits or rooms by combining products from anywhere on the Internet into a set. Anyone can be a stylist!
  • Anthropologie: Funky, trendy retailer with a handmade, vintage vibe. Check out the accessories for lots of embellishment inspiration.
  • JCrew: Classic duds with a twist. It’s the twist part that will stimulate your imagination.


Home decor sites:

  • Decor8: Fresh finds for hip spaces.
  • Creative Closeup: Must-visit destination for the self-described decor and gadget geek.
  • Sensational Color: Beyond pleasing palettes, this site explores the theory of color and how it affects mood.


Stationery sites:

  • Whimsy Press: Quirky designs and whimsical (naturally!) wrapping papers and cards.
  • Olive Paper: An eye for green in more ways than one—you’ll love the sumptuous combinations of patterns and ribbons.
  • Papyrus: Gorgeous note pads, writing papers and more.


 Trend sites:

  • Print & Pattern: Celebrating the world of surface pattern and design.
  • Design*Sponge: Soak up the trendy finds from every possible category.
  • Muse: Cool haven for the hippest looks in graphic design.


And just one more. Can’t talk trends without giving a shout out to our Paper Crafts colleague Cath Edvalson and her Moxie Fab World blog, the place for all things hip and cool in the world of paper crafting and wayyyyyyyy beyond.

moxie fab

Anything pique your interest? Let us know what really gets your creative motor revving. Now, there are countless web destinations that we haven’t mentioned, so if your favorite is missing, give them a shout out in your comment.

One last order of business—our Creating Keepsakes Summer Camp Crafty Challenge winners! The following ladies win a prize package such as the sample below . . . thanks to all our generous manufacturers!


Adornit - Carolee’s Creations, American Crafts, BasicGrey, Bo-Bunny Press, Chatterbox, Die Cuts With a View, Dream Street Paper, Glitz Design, Heidi Grace Designs, Imaginisce, Jillibean Soup, K&Company, Karen Foster Design, KIMemories, Little Yellow Bicycle, me & my BIG ideas, My Mind's Eye, SEI and Spanish Memories

Winners: DragonFlyScrap, McBuff, leeza 898, TimelessMemories, Gina B

 Campers’ Choice: Pinecone Birdfeeders Inspired Layout by DragonFlyScrap

Editors’ Choice:  “Egg Harbor” by McBuff

Best Layout Inspired by Craft:Hippie Day” by leeza898

Best Non-Layout Inspired by Craft:Camp Lindgren” by TimelessMemories

Best Spirit of Camp: My Camp Challenge Entry by Gina B

Ladies, click the “Giveaway” tab at the top of the blog and follow the directions…congratulations to you all!

Beth Opel

Senior Writer, Creating Keepsakes



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  1. I get most of my inspiration from my SON!

  2. I just wanted to thank you for choosing me as one of the camp winners (although my name is listed as “Timeless Memories” not “Timeless Visions” but that’s OK). Camp was so much fun and I hope we are able to do more events like that. My daughter and I had a great time!

    Thanks again!
    Jodi 🙂

  3. I am having a ball with these creative links…thanks for sharing them!!

  4. I could seriously spend a couple of days just cruising through these links – thanks for the links! Also – congrats to the winners – some major prize winnings there!

  5. Thank You Very Much!!!! This is so exciting. I am so happy to win. This is a big bonus considering the fun and all the projects I completed participating in the challenge. My daughter is so happy too. She now wants to scrapbook this event for me. I cannot wait to receive the prize. Congrats to the other winners too.

  6. Congrats to the winners! These were great and I enjoyed all of the conversations we have during the week. Due to problems with my emails, I even made hubby give me an additional email that would not block everything that was sent to me so I am ready for the next camp!!!

  7. great links – used the castle pillow on ‘creative closeup’ as the design for a craft project with the kids using scraps, paper trimmer and circle punch.

  8. Tender thanks you for details. It helped me in my mission

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