I get a lot of questions about creative block (something we’ll talk about more another day!) as well as “ok but HOW do I take a project I find inspiring and apply it to my own creations? Today I want to give you a five ideas.
- Use the design. The best way in my opinion is to either sketch or doodle what the elements are. See the design of the project. Why? If you love it so much know what you’re loving and see the elements. OR… sketch and discover you don’t love the design at all, but the specific products/photos/etc the individual used. This can save a lot of frustration “why can’t I make something like —- did?”
- Color me happy. Color combinations including textures and metallic hues and more often inspire me and I can often find something in the store or on Instagram that makes me go “Oh!” and off and running with colors. The inspiration will have nothing to do with what I actually make.
- Try a technique. Most techniques will work across a variety of projects. So the next time you think “that’s cool but I don’t make — projects” think again. Ask yourself “how can —- work for what I’m doing?” and don’t be afraid to test and try ideas.
- Try a new style. If it’s lots of layers or starkly minimalist, be inspired by a style not your own. It can really help you grow creatively.
- Go ahead, lift it. Find a project that features product(s) that you have and replicate it. I’m a HUGE fan of this especially if you’re not confident or something is new. Why? Because you will learn what you like and don’t as well as what works for you and believe it or not – it can help to develop your own style. As you create you may think “I don’t like —- or I prefer to —-“. Make note and adjust for your own preferences next time around.
Overall whether a craft project or something you see in a shop and think “that gives me an idea…” inspiration is ever flowing! Thanks to sites like pinterest – a place by the way that produces NO content of its own, but that has served as a huge cork board of inspiration all over the web we are able to find new to us and inspiring creations by clever individuals as well.
Want to see me talking substitutions and inspirations even more? I’ve got a free class with scrapbook.com (affiliate links used) – and you can see not only techniques but ideas and examples of the techniques in use. Maybe it’ll inspire you! Check it out and sign up free here.
Have your own tricks and tips for being inspired by others? Do share! I’d love to hear and I’m sure others would as well.