Get Inspired Projects and Inpiration
Susan R. Opel, Creative Editor
One of my very first tasks when I arrived here in Utah as the associate creative editor was to take over Get Inspired, the little slice of dessert at the end of our magazine issues. It was the perfect fit for me as I’m inspired by the world around me.
I loved brainstorming with the editorial team and the Go-to Gals what the item might be. The chosen items ranged from umbrellas and beach towels to my Uncle Roland’s Purple Heart Award and an ice bucket with champagne. There were shoes, gloves, and aprons. And we even featured a box of chocolates, a pillow, and a bird’s nest.
Once we landed on the item, we’d discuss which trusted designer we would invite to create a project. I’d then collaborate with her to come up with the final result. What a joy it was to work one-on-one with each of them!
The take away from each edition was that wherever you go, you can find inspiration if you just allow yourself to be aware.
My first stab at Get Inspired was in the January/February 2009 issue. Jessica Witty (who was not a Go-to Gal at the time) drew inspiration from a knit scarf.
My First Get Inspired – January/February 2009 issue of Paper Crafts magazine.
And so began one of my favorite parts of the job.
Because I had so much fun working with the designers on Get Inspired, I thought I’d share four pairings that unfortunately won’t make it to the magazine. These four ladies did such an amazing job, I couldn’t let the opportunity to share their inspirations with you!
March 21, 2015 is National Quilting Day, and to celebrate, we asked designer Amanda Coleman to get inspired by this quilt featured on the cover of the July/August 2014 of Quilty magazine , our sister publication.
Quilt designer Victoria Shackle says, “Summer Leaf was made for my daughter — something bright but not too girly. Originally it was to be an orange peel quilt but I quickly discovered all the points together were too bulky to machine sew. So I re-arranged my blocks into leaves and stems. Everyone seems to love it.”
Sweet Spring Hoop by Amanda Coleman
Amanda took inspiration from the brightly colored leaves of the quilt and fashioned a flirty spring hoop to brighten her home. Embrace the homespun simplicity of a quilt and an embroidery hoop like she did by adding trendy colors and up-to-date patterns for a fresh take.
In 2015, Easter falls on April 5th, so the April Get Inspired image was of this glorious Fabergé-style egg. A Fabergé egg is one of a limited number of jeweled eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé and his company between 1885 and 1917.
We asked designer Veronica Zalis to give us her take on the inspiration photo, and what a magnificent job she did!
Elegant Birthday Card by Veronica Zalis
Veronica’s elegant card completely embodies the lush and feminine feel of the egg. Her touches of gold simply make this card SING! I’m simply IN AWE of it.
In May, our Trend Talk column was about BIG bold stripes. As we searched for inspiration images this bouquet found on the Every Last Detail blog stopped us in our tracks! And because “April showers bring May flowers”, we felt this would be a fitting conclusion to the May issue. The photo was taken by the very talented Tulle & Grace Photography.
Kelly Griglione stepped up to the plate and came up with this absolutely STUNNING card.
So Proud of You Card by Kelly Griglione
Not only is her bouquet a delightful rendition of the inspiration photo, her added details of the stripes inside and the hand drawn outline make this a gaspworthy creation.
With Father’s Day the focus in June, we wanted to share an inspiration that was dad-worthy, so I headed to a cool local shop and took pictures of several bottles of hot sauce. Some of them would have been a little inappropriate! Ha ha! We settled on the one pictured below.
Our final Get Inspired designer Jill Dewey Hawkins was on the ball and got to work right away on this totally rad card.
Awesome Sauce Dad Card by Jill Dewey Hawkins
I just love how energetic her card is with the tilt and the saucy saying. And you can see the inspiration from the bottle with her expert use of color and the yellow band. Seriously top notch.
Remember – Inspiration is absolutely everywhere as long as you keep your eyes open and let your creativity flow.
You inspire me,