Ever had one of those days that you felt really excited to create something but you wanted some guidelines instead of grabbing a blank paper and start making? I’m not talking about lack of inspiration, it’s something different.
The other day I was feeling very inspired to create a layout but I really wanted to find a moodboard or sketch to start from. I could have just picked a few of my favorite items and start making something straight from my head but where’s the challenge in that? How can you break the rules if there are no rules? How can you think outside the box when there’s no box?
I’m probably getting a bit too philosophical here but that’s how I always feel about creating. I always prefer starting from something I see. We can call it external inspiration cause it’s not an idea purely created in our head. I think there’s no challenge in creating anything you want. If someone tells you to draw something, you’ll start drawing something you know you are good at, but what if someone tells you to draw a portrait? What if you are not good with faces? You are challenged to improve and create something you didn’t or couldn’t do before.
Most people look for external inspiration when they can’t come up with an idea, in my opinion you should look for external inspiration when you have an idea, or even many ideas, and challenge your creativity to follow and break the rules.
So, after my wall of thoughts let’s lighten up by taking a look at my latest layout 🙂
The external inspiration I got for this layout was actually from two different sources. I got inspired by the pastel colors and the them of the Scraps n’ Pieces March moodboard and I also loved the circles cluster from a sketch on the Clique Kits blog.
I have to admit I was really excited with the result. I added some bits of gold and mustard yellow to the color palette to make it a bit more playful and started pulling pieces from my scrap box and half-finished sticker sheets. The feeling of using supplies that were unused in my stash for a long time is amazing.
I roughly traced circles on my paper using different round items I had on my desk to have some variety and then I just fussy cut them. They are definitely far from perfect but they look great anyway.
I also found some circle embellishments to create some more variety, I even added a circle out of tissue paper!
Before I finish the post with the product list, I’d like to ask you what are your thoughts on “external inspiration”? Do you feel the need to force some rules on you, so you can break them as you like? I’d really love to hear how you feel about it.
Oh! I almost forgot. Many of the products used on this layout are actually from theinkroad.com so if you are heading there and considering placing an order, make sure to use the code “ZINIA10“ to get 10% discount 😉
(In some cases I couldn’t find the exact papers I used so I linked some the are almost the same)