#techniquethursday - inspiration

Sometimes I don't have any idea what I want to do when I walk into my craft room.  I take down stamp set after stamp set and look at them but just can't make a decision on what colours I want to use, or what kind of card I want to make.  For those times I have an inspiration board with things I've collected (or a pinterest board) of ideas - colours, shapes, materials, design - things that make me feel good and inspire me to make a card.  Last year when I was in Tokyo I picked up several postcards that I loved and today I'm showing you how I used one for inspiration on a card.

The postcard was very simple.  5 leaf shapes of very soft neutral colours.  All a little different.  Very very subtle.  When I saw the Fine Feathers stamp set in the catalogue I was immediately reminded of this card and had to buy it.  I loved the simplicity of the design and the soft colour palate.  Originally I was planning on doing all 5 leaves the same stamp, however I just loved each one so I decided to stamp each leaf once in a different colour but in a similar design on my card.  And this is how it turned out.

Creating inspiration boards or pinterest pins is a great way to collect creativity on the run.  There are moments in life where you see things that spark your imagination & creativity.  It's important to sketch them, snap a picture or pin them so that you can use them for reference and to bring that spark to life in the times where you are in your craft room but are struggling to get started.  I use a good old fashioned pin board, pinterest and read a lot of blogs.  Some of my favourite inspirations actually come from lifestyle blogs that showcase home wares or materials. Oh and I love love love vintage material and paper.  What do you do to inspire you when your creative juices have run dry?  Do you use pinterest or instagram?  Leave a link in the comments so I can follow along and we can inspire each other.

Happy crafting