It’s time for another Inspired by!
My sweet and dear friend Riikka and I challenge each other each month to create something with a theme or thing in mind. We reveal the result and a bit of the thinking process to you and each other on the tenth of the month.
This time the theme was something that fascinates me on so many levels. I don’t read a ton of blog posts any more, but I do subscribe to a small selection of blogs via Bloglovin’ so I can catch up on them every once in a while. One of the blogs is Patternbank.
On their about page they claim to be the go-to location for the Print, Pattern & Graphics Industry. Now, you know that I’m not a print, pattern of graphics maker, but… I do have a huge preference for patterns and to me their whole website is extremely visually inspiring.
One of the features that I especially love is Trend Reports. Yesterday the Spring/Summer 2017 Print & Pattern Trend Report went up, but we decided on the theme for this Inspired by a long time ago, so we chose to be inspired by the Autumn/Winter 2016/17 Print Trend Report Part 2.
To narrow things down a bit further, I chose the AW16/17 Mood – INLAYS.
Yes, you read that correctly: if Patternbank is right, we will see a lot of inlay inspired patterns NEXT Autumn! And that makes me very excited, because I love the inlaid look.
I’ve actually created one particular scrapbook page for Scrap365 magazine that was all about inlaid paper. It’s one of my all time favourites:
I created it with my Silhouette SD and I made my own pattern by combining two images I bought in the Silhouette Design Store. I haven’t used my Silhouette in a long, long time, so I thought it would be fun to dust it off for the occasion.
I’ve also been working on an exciting new project in the last couple of weeks. It involves a geometric pattern and I was highly inspired to create my own take on it:
I scanned the sketch and adjusted it in Adobe Illustrator. I loved the result, but I needed to be able to cut the image with the Silhouette, so I also did a second version with really thick lines.
And then I opened the thick-lined image in the Silhouette Studio software, traced it and cut it out of wood patterned scrapbook paper:
I coloured some of the light coloured ‘triangles’ with Letraset Promarkers to look like stained wood. I adhered the dark wood paper outline to a sheet of white cardstock and then I puzzled out this pattern:
I was really happy with the result!
But then I thought I would use all the leftover pieces to create another collage… that in the end I think I like even better:
This was such an awesome experience! It didn’t involve any research, nor a lot of pondering. I just dove right in and spent an afternoon fiddling around with Illustrator, the Silhouette software, paper patterns and markers!
My initial plan was to use the collages as a scrapbook background, but I really like them as they are, so I’m going to keep them this way.
The cool thing is that if I ever change my mind… I can just use my Silhouette to cut the same pattern again!
Now… without further ado… Please visit Riikka to find out what she created with the inlay trend forecast in mind!
Enjoy your day!