I have started an inspiration book to do layout sketches, write down ideas and notes, and place clippings from magazines that might have design elements that I might want to duplicate or draw inspiration from. I had always kept a sketch book, but I got the idea of adding more to it from my forum friend Ulrica on Scrapbook.com (Thanks, Ulrica!). I am really enjoying adding things to my book for inspiration.
Here is a YouTube video that Ulrica pointed me to. It is awesome!
This is the cover of my book. I just decorated a plain gray book (from IKEA!) with rub-ons, chipboard and my black zig.
Here is a page from my book that inspired doodles. I cut this out of a magazine and practiced doodling some similar shapes on the opposite page.
I got the next few pages from the 2008 IKEA catalog. Of course, I have several copies on hand, so it's ok to cut one up. ; ) These pages all inspired doodling as well. I just LOVED the color combos, too. The patterns are so graphic and whimsical.
So, those are some pages from my book! I also have pages in there where I sketch layout ideas or copy down sketches from sites like Triple The Sketch.
Also, here is a link to my scrapbook.com profile (click on "Gallery" on the left side menu, then the "Layouts" tab).
I will be posting some of my layouts on the blog soon. Until then, happy scrapping!