Sunday, February 15, 2015

Farewell to Inspiration Elevator!

After some thought and consideration, the time has come to retire Inspiration Elevator. But before we go, we need to hold a big retirement party, so we've invited everyone who's been involved with Inspiration Elevator back for one last reveal, and to our delight most were able to accept! We are so delighted to have so many IE alumni along this month! Thank you to each of you for helping us end our elevator ride with so much fun and creative energy!

This month's challenge is posed by one of IE's co-creators and team admin, Ann.

This month's challenge is simple, but I hope, challenging as well. 
Here's the challenge: Inspiration Elevator launched on May 15, 2012 and at that time, we explained our purpose as, "Welcome to Inspiration Elevator! What a thrilling day! Today is the launch of Inspiration Elevator (IE), a challenge blog created by my dear friend Christa Uttley and me. We chose the name Inspiration Elevator because it is our intent to raise our creativity to heights through challenges issued every month. We want to raise our designs from the ordinary to the extraordinary. We hope you'll join us on our journey!

IE is a group of like minded scrappy friends who want to raise the bar in their own creative process through unique challenges that we issue to each other once a month. These won't be run of the mill challenges and we hope you'll join us each month and be inspired by the creative designs we've created." 

That vision has remained unchanged over the last (almost) 3 years. The challenge this month is to just create - no holds barred. Take some time, or challenge yourself to do it in 1/2 hour if time is tight, but think about what you'd like to create if there were no agenda, no design team requirement. In other words, create for you, and enjoy the process!

We hope you'll take the time to hop through and visit each of our participant's blogs, beginning with our guests, then our current team, and finishing off with our co-founders. Feel free to leave comments and lavish each one with appreciation for all that they each brought to the Inspiration Elevator challenge over the last 3 years!

I have been struggling to find time to scrap since I took over the My Scraps & More store.  But last weekend I went to a 2 day crop with the intention of scrapping WHAT I WANTED!

One of my favorite things to do  are challenges from manufacturers blogs or sketch challenge blogs.  And t just so happened that I recently got the October Afternoon Saturday Morning collection in the store.  On the OA blog, there was a challenge to use "12 squares", and I was inspired to do just that!

Instead of doing 12 squares that were all the same size, I did 12 squares of difference sizes.  I went through my stash and found some other OA papers from the Apple Cider collection, and some of the Tidbits, too, and added those in the mix.  I decorated some of the squares with little bits, punches, and flair.

Inspiration Elevator was always a treat to do every month when I was on the team!  It was always amazing to see the many different ways the incredible designers interpreted the challenges!

I'm so glad I got to be a part of it!

Stay scrappy my friends!


Christa said...

Audrey you have always inspired and this time is no different. Thank you so much for all you did for us at IE and of course this month. Wonderful job with the challenge and I love all those rectangles and squares. xo

Jayne said...

Awesome page Audrey, super photograph and I'm loving your shabby squares and ink splatters.

Jodi said...

Love using Manufacturers for inspiration too! Love that you made the squares all different sizes!! Can't wait to get back to Syracuse to meet you one day!

Denise said...

Always love your work Audrey.
You have such a fun, creative style that truly inspires!

Unknown said...

Wow Audrey incredible take on the challenge, just love how you featured this product! All your pages are so inspiring, i just love stalking your blog.

wendipooh13 said...

ahhhh love the fun page and the squares with stitching!! totally adorable!!!

Lisa Spiegel said...

Your 12 squares page turned out fantastic!! So happy to have been on the IE ride with you, and now MSAM!!

LisaM said...

Love your take on the 12 squares challenge Audrey! Fabulous page!

Katherine said...

Gorgeous Audrey - I love the colours and all the squares and little details :)

Anonymous said...

Your page is fabulous, from perfect ink splotches to a wonderful photo and fun take on your manufacturer challenge. We were honoured to have you on our team and thrilled that you came back for our final tour. Thank you so much!

Tracey said...

Such a great picture and a wonderful page!! Love this Audrey!!

Joanne said...

Your layout is just gorgeous! It is created in your lovely signature style with lots of great details! It has been a pleasure sharing IE with you.
Joanne xo