Friday, April 8, 2011

Creative Soup Spring Forward Blog Hop

Welcome to the Creative Soup’s Spring Forward Blog Hop!

To kick off our new enhanced site we thought it would be fun to have all of our creative team members complete one of the fun Mojo Monday challenges from the first quarter.

To participate in the blog hop leave a comment for me and follow the link to go see Katie, the next Creative Team member’s blog to see what they came up with! Go through and leave comments on all 9 blogs and be entered into a drawing for an amazing prize pack. The blog hop runs from tonight Friday April 8th at 8pm Est through Monday April 11th at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be drawn on Tuesday! If you get lost along the way, please go to our blog at The Creative Soup for the complete listing.

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Here is my take on the layout as well as a showcase of a Creative Team member’s original project!

Quarter 1's original challenge: 1.17 Mojo Monday: Catalog Inspiration

We talk about using ads for inspiration all the time. But this time, I'd like us to take a look at a catalog. You may have some left over from the holidays, or you might be starting to see some of the new after-holiday sale catalogs coming out. Retailers sent out catalogs through the mail, leave them out in the stores, and post them online.

The process of creating a catalog, or even just a catalog page, is very similar to that of creating a layout. First you have the photoshoot, then the editing, then getting everything down on the page in order to convey a message to the reader.

For this challenge, I'd like you to go through some of your catalogs. If you don't have any left in person, there are some great ones online that you can flip through. has their three latest catalogs online.

Some Ideas to get you started:

--Lift a catalog spread (take inspiration from the colors, photo placement, the models, the tone, etc)
--Use parts of the ads directly on your projects (this is especially great with catalogs where they make a magazine-catalog with extra art added in)
--Have a "catalog inspired" photoshoot and scrap those photos (this one is great is great to scrap those holiday clothes, or fun dress up time!)

I just love what Kim did with K's fun challenge. Kim used this ad from Anthropogie...

to inspire this precious layout. Gotta love the oversized frame and the floating butterflies.

For my take, I took K's challenge a bit further and didn't get my inspiration from a print ad, per se, but from my toddlers' television show ads. If you're like me and have little ones at home, you've found yourself instantly inspired by the incredibly delightful illustrations between the shows on tv's Noggin/Nick Jr channel. I took a couple of screen shots to trigger your memory. Note the whimsical flowers and the button faces.

All of that inspo, led me to FINALLY create this...

*************** Good luck and happy hopping. I'm sure you'll be inspired by this crew! Jen


  1. What cute flowers! Wonderful layout!

  2. Your flowers are AWESOME! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Too cute! I love where you got your inspiration from!

  4. I love the butterflies on the first layout and everything about the second one .. too cute!

  5. This is such an adorable layout! The picture is so cute!! I love the embellishments, too!

  6. What an adorable idea and I love your take on this challenge (and Kim's!) How you created the flowers is just fantastic!

  7. You did a fantastic job with the inspiration. Love it!

  8. I love, love, LOVE that flower!!

  9. Oh my GOSH! What a cute page! We watch "Sprout" all the time, and I have thought about using some of the elements for pages have totally inspired me to tackle this!