The challenge over at Document Life Workshop this week is to Get Inspired by Architecture. I had this grand plan for using the design of window placement on a building as the base for a design on a page, using the windows as spots for photos. That idea will have to wait until another day, however, because I havn’t found the perfect subject for that layout design idea yet.

Instead, I started to think about how I could work architecture inspiration into something I was already planning on making. I browsed through some of our Kansas City photos and spent awhile staring at Jake’s Kansas City Building Topper post. The idea hit me all at once when I saw a photo of my very favorite Kansas City icon (as in, I love it so much I’ll probably get a tattoo of it at some point):

Building Topper Photo Walk

The Western Auto building. I don’t know why I love it so much. Don’t ask. But seeing the Western Auto sign made me think of a recent lesson in Ali Edwards‘s Hello Story about directionality. As I thought about things in life revolving or coming full circle, I thought of the perfect use for a design inspired by the sign: the Project Real Life Week 11 (class by Becky Higgins) documentation I was planning on recording was all about memorializing the past. And my words were all about being careful about glorifying history, balancing with trying to reclaim some of the simplicity of the past. If that’s not a perfect subject for a circular arrow, I don’t know what is.

*Both Hello Story and Project Real Life are now closed, and I was signed up care of Big Picture Classes.


To make a sign-inspired card, I cut out a circle arrow freehand (which was easier because the card I was cutting from had a circle grid on it!) and picked red letters to lay out in a similar manner as the sign lettering. I even chose a card for the background that reminded me of the structure holding up the sign! I love the way this turned out, and I think it was the perfect design element to support the theme of the page.

Are you inspired by architecture?

Go check out some more team takes on the challenge!

Supplies Used:

Kits: Jade Project Life Kit, Midnight Project Life Kit; Paper: Project Real Life Cards, Studio Calico Grab Bag, Dear Lizzy; Embellishments: Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Sticker Book, Kelly Purkey Everything Is Wonderful Stickers, American Crafts Thickers; Ink: ColorBox Black Pigment Inkpad; Pen: EK Success Zig Memory System Millennium 0.1-Millimeter Marker; Page Protector: Project Life Design A ; Adhesive: Scotch Dot Roller; Printer: HP Photosmart 7510; Photo Paper: Office Max; Tools: EK Success Honey Bee Non-Stick Craft Scissors, Tonic Studios Guillotine Paper Trimmer, stapler.

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