Share Your Inspiration Boards

Apr 4, 2012

Do you have an inspiration board? Not Pinterest, but somewhere where you physically display items that inspire you? Here's a sneak peek at the bulletin board in my home office/studio where I've posted magazine and catalog pages, postcards, and the like to help buoy me when my creativity levels start sinking. 

Do you have something similar? Where do you most often find inspiration. We'd love to hear about it. Send us a note in the Comments section.


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CrochetAJ wrote
on Apr 7, 2012 2:00 AM

My inspiration materials go beyond a board and into one of 3 notebook binders! I have one binder where I collage jewelry photos from magazines and catalogs. Two other binders are filled with designs from beading books.

When I get new beads or special findings I root through these binders and find something to guide me. I don't make exact duplicates, but just use them for the general inspiration. And since I teach 2 to 3 design classes per week I need all the inspiration I can find!

LaVonne@4 wrote
on Apr 7, 2012 12:45 PM

My friends and I have all made notebooks of designs from beading magazines, Sunday ads, and other magazines and catalogs. We use the sheet protectors you can buy at office supply stores to keep the photos and directions together. I recently made a pair of earrings based on a photo from a woman's magazine, that I had kept for 4 years. My collection has grown so large that I now have two notebooks, and I go through them when I'm getting a bead store order together, to make sure I will have the supplies to finish whatever I start.

Capemaynuts wrote
on Apr 7, 2012 2:40 PM

Whenever I manage to get to a bead show, I make a point of collecting postcards and business cards from artists that have inspiring pieces and/or beads. I then take them and post the cards on the wall above my desk. Great artwork plus lots of inspiration.

karentomeo wrote
on Apr 8, 2012 4:36 PM

Lol-crochetaj!  I do the same thing.  I've collaged jewelry pics since I began making jewelry and since I now also teach a couple of classes a week I too am always looking for inspiration.