Category Archives: Inspiration

What I Love #6

So here’s the thing: I love sweets. Specifically, I love pastries, cupcakes, and cookies. I also love pretty things, so when I see pretty cupcakes and pastries, I must take a photo 🙂

Velvet cupcake from Polkadot Bakery in Addison, TX

My colleague Kevin is just as addicted to sweets as I am, but the difference between me and him is I often have restraint, while he doesn’t lol. There was one point over the summer, where he was buying cookies and cupcakes from Polkadot bakery around the corner at least 2 or 3 times a week and bringing it back to the office. This time around, he bought 6 of these lovely little velvet cupcakes. Polkadot has some of the best velvet cupcakes I’ve ever tasted. And I’m usually not that impressed by velvet cake in general, but theirs are delicious. Even the frosting is made with real cream cheese.

A couple weekends ago, I went to H Mart in Carrollton. If you’ve never heard of an H Mart, it’s an Asian superstore. Well, mainly Korean, but they have all kinds of Asian groceries and produce in there. This place used to be my main source of groceries for a long time because it was on my commute home from work, but ever since I relocated from Carrollton to Addison, I really only save my weekends for trips out here.

H Mart has this bakery near the entrance called Tous Les Jour. If I could compare it to anything else, it would probably be like an Asian Starbucks. Except much better because their pastries are baked fresh on site (their coffee is meh, but that’s not why I come here).

On this particular morning, I was picking up an Americano and a donut when I happened to see these beauties in their pastry case. Look at how lovely they are! My favorite is probably the half-round one in the upper right.

Korean cakes from Tous Les Jour bakery at H Mart in Carrollton, TX

Inspiration Journal #2

Ok so to continue the series of inspiration blog posts, here’s a new set of links for inspiration.

Offering unique furnishings and items from around the world. is an online (and showroom) retailer that I discovered several months ago out at lunch one day. It turns out their warehouse is right down the street from my office and one of my favorite lunch places was giving away their coupons. I checked out their website once I got back to my desk and fell in love with their store, which offers a unique mix of antique-style furniture and home accessories. Think Pier 1 but a little more unique. This site can be useful if just want some beautiful things to look at, or even if you just want somewhere you can gather color inspiration.

Everyday Fun Digital Kit from Jen Martakis Designs

Jen Martakis has a new digital kit in the Two Peas store called Everyday Fun. The bright colors and whimsical patterns are a wonderful source of inspiration for a few summer layouts. I’m in the middle of working on a layout with this kit so stay tuned!

By grantandlaurensmom at Design House Digitals gallery.

I saw so many great layouts when researching this post that it was difficult to settle on one, but I found it anyway. I chose this layout from grantandlaurensmom at Design House Digitals because I love how she was able to maximize the size of such a large photo by stretching it across the entire page while creating some interest with the layers. This is definitely an idea I’ll keep in mind since I’ve got a large family as well.

Inspiration Journal

Ok so I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend stumbling around the Internet. Along the way I’ve come across a few things that I find inspiring.

Digital Scrapping: The Next Level

Shine by jazzmatazz
Shine by jazzmatazz (from Designer Digitals)

This is a digital layout by a digiscrapper named jazzmatazz. I discovered this yesterday while browsing the Designer Digitals idea gallery. I love this because it completely shatters all of the preconceived notions about digital scrapbooking that I had problems coping with (over-exaggerated drop shadows and beveled elements, etc.). THIS is the kind of digital scrapbooking that I could really enjoy doing.

Hello Again, Art Journaling

I also rediscovered a former interest of mine: art journaling. In one of the episodes of Paperclipping Roundtable, they briefly touched on the subject of taking scrapbooking beyond the page (episode link here). One of the panelists talked about her favorite art journaler–a woman by thee name of Judy Wise. If you’re curious about art journaling, I’d recommend visiting her blog here. She uses some really great techniques in her art journal that I haven’t seen since my high school and college art classes (like encaustic–wow). She records her journey on her blog–definitely a great source for inspiration.

Just in Time for Summer Colors

Here’s a great color combination that I found via Stacy Julian’s blog that I thought just oozes summer:

Don't these colors just spell out summer?