How are you all doing today? I hope great, but if not, don’t you worry. We all have those days. 🙂
I used to be the type of person who waits for the weekend to finally be able to carry out the projects I’ve been wanting to do because school was always in the way. For most my life, I was stuck in this mindset that just because I had school for 6 hours every day meant my whole day was taken away. Meaning my whole schedule can be nothing but school, homework, eat, sleep. However, after starting this blog with the whole purpose of “making every day worth living” and “enjoying the 24/7,” I’ve finally start doing more of my hobbies during the weekdays too! When you’re trying to do personal passion projects (the PPP) on a weekday basis, meaning adding on to all the school work / work-work you already have, you must learn to be really efficient with your time (something I have yet to master 😋). I know for me — the thing that takes the longest when working on projects isn’t the actual ‘doing’ part of it, but more the planning and conjuring up a plan or idea. And it definitely doesn’t help when you’re having a creativity block too! 😬
Today, I want to share a really fun, easy, and inexpensive project to do that can help the inspiration flow whenever you’re having a creativity block. What I like to do is make a mood board to help me keep my focus on whatever project it is that I’m doing and to maintain my original vision since it often times sway and alter as I work on it. Mood boards can be used for individual projects and/or as a whole general inspiration board for an individual. I have (and am still working on) a general inspiration mood board over my desk and just finished a mood board for a recent room design project.
Here’s how to make your own mood board:
- Gather old magazines you’re willing to cut up! (Magazines that are more related to your favorite hobbies, activities, or project are even better! Ex: travel, fashion, home decor)
- Cut out anything that you like that has to do with your project or just inspires you.
- Feel free to also use paint chips (can be found at Lowes or Home Depot) to establish a color scheme! Handwritten notes or quotes you like are great inspiration-boosters too!
- Arrange them on a board (can be a large piece of construction paper or a bulletin board or a piece of cardboard – anything you desire! You can directly put it on a wall over your desk or something but I personally don’t recommend that as it’s not so convenient when you want to move it around.)
- Glue / tape them into place and boom – you’re done!
Honestly, how cool is that? You get instant inspiration and it’s a fantastic way to upcycle! And the best part is – you can always continue adding on more pieces that inspire you whenever you see them. You can even add your own pictures!
My mood board is never complete! Whenever I go somewhere new, I always keep my eye out for little fragments of inspiration here and there through menus, brochures, catalogs, etc.! This past week was my Spring Break (finally!) and I was able to go to several different cultural attractions. I’m definitely getting inspired by the great diversity of culture we have here in the U.S. and am trying to play it into my upcoming jewelry designs somehow! (I’ll keep you updated on that another week) 😉
SO a lot of pictures and lil pics are definitely going on there soon! 😀
ALSO – I found a really helpful site, http://www.creativebloq.com/graphic-design/mood-boards-812470 that offers awesome tips and hacks to keep in mind when creating your own mood board so give that a look if you’re interested in the project! 🙂
Anyways, have fun with your mood board and talk to you next time. Have a lovely and productive rest-of-the-day!