Come on a Safari with Me…
Inspiration: African Safari
It’s summertime, come on a safari with me! No, this isn’t a “be inspired by the Beach Boys” and it isn’t about surfin’ either, sorry. It is an African Safari I want to take you on! You don’t have to travel to the African continent to join in on this one, a trip to the zoo, a wildlife attraction or in my case a visit to a huge waterpark resort for a convention will do. Read on for scrapbooking inspiration with an African Safari in mind.
This time around for inspiration I took photos of all the décor of the convention center. I had expected a Kitschy décor and was thrilled to see actual art pieces throughout the facilities, so much so that my second page layout will show off some of it.
TWO WAYS TO GATHER YOUR INSPIRATION
FROM YOUR OWN PHOTOS
Because I had a lot of my own inspiration photos I created my own inspiration boards to work from that I will share along with the usual picks from Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/fivepines/inspiration-african-safari/) to get you started. Let’s take a look at the convention’s inspiration boards.
INSPIRATION: AFRICAN SAFARI KALAHARI COLORS
INSPIRATION: AFRICAN SAFARI KALAHARI TEXTURES
INSPIRATION: AFRICAN SAFARI KALAHARI PATTERNS
Now from the Inspiration: African Safari Pinterest Board here are some of my favorites.
6. FONTS & TYPOGRAPHY
You will notice that my inspiration boards and layouts tend to the earthy colors while the Pinterest boards are full of bold bright colors. Both are accurate representations. How you choose to apply them is all in your control. Have fun and maybe try more than one application!
What I incorporated into my layout
• Grid Color: Barley Grass
• An animal print: Anna Griffin
• Colors of Cardstock: darker shade of the Barley Grass, Black and Oatmeal
• Parchment for one journal block
• Hemp cording variegated oatmeal, greens, browns to black
• Wooden beads
• Checkerboard Washi tape on top of green cardstock
• Zigzag cut borders for 1” tiles
• Micron markers in 005, 01, 02, 03, 05 for hand drawn borders on small photos
• Fonts: Bete Noir A and African Ornaments, Memo
• Patterns, triangles, lines, decorative edges
My first page tells about our work at the convention and a few photos of being on the “other side” of the tables for the event. I’ve used pattern # 210 that allows for smaller photo spots that I decided to mount with a narrow black mat and then onto the darker green block and use the micron pen to ink designs around the photos.
My title block has hemp cording knotted and beaded around the top and bottom. This section is mounted on foam mounting tape. The journal block is printed on oatmeal cardstock with a 1/8” strip of green is on the top and bottom for a border detail.
On page two pattern #250 gives lots of spots for varying sizes of photos. I’ve used patterns repeated in some of the artwork on a few of the 1” sq. tiles to add to the theme and the animal print on others. The Barley Grass Mosaic Moments Grid is really just the right color to present the photos on.
I will grant you that animal print will go a long way to creating that Safari feel but by adding a few extra touches like beading, fibers, decorative font and decorative bits to complete it you will love your final results! Try some of these ideas or draw more from the inspiration boards for that trip to the zoo or that themed birthday party!