5 Ways to Gather Inspiration for Creative Projects

Hellooooo December! I'll continue to be shocked that December is already here, but also excited because I adore the warm feeling of the holidays. It's usually around this time I either find myself completely drowning in ideas for creative projects, or at a total loss for what I want to work on next.

Neither one of those are bad places to be, but during those times where you're not sure where to go next, it's nice to have a little help. Today, we're going to talk about 5 Ways to Gather Inspiration for Creative Projects.

These tips are great for when you've hit a creative block, or just when you need a little extra inspiration to push your projects forward.

 
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There are endless sources of inspiration out there, but these are the ways I gather inspiration for my creative projects most often.

Pinterest

Pinterest is a big black hole of wonderfulness. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that, though! When I take to Pinterest, I do things a little differently than you might think. Rather than searching "Scrapbook Layout" or "Paper Crafting" or "Mixed Media", I search for general inspiration. I might look at landscape photos that make me feel relaxed, floral arrangements that bring me happiness, color palettes that I can't get enough of, etc. I always leave these searches feeling SO much more inspired and less overwhelmed than if I look at a bunch of projects similar to the kind I am making.

Past Creative Work

This is one I just started doing recently and I've grown so fond of it! I take a little time each month to look back at projects I have previously worked on or completed. Sometimes I look at the actual project, whether it's an album, canvas, or notebook, and sometimes I just scroll back through my own Instagram feed and look at the photos I posted of those projects. Sometimes seeing your stash or products the way you saw them at the time of your past projects will spark an idea!

Color Palettes

Like I mentioned above, I am a lover of color palettes. For as long as I can remember I've loved grouping items in color palettes that make my heart happy. When it comes to doing this in my creative endeavors, I like to create my own paper crafting kits based on a selection of colors. I also like to work on mixed media projects while looking at photos of floral arrangements that are in color schemes I love. Next time you're at a loss for where to start, pull out a very small selection of items in colors that you think work perfectly together - I promise you'll feel instantly inspired!

Your Town or Your Favorite Town

One of my favorite places on this earth is Ireland, for so many reasons. I use some of my favorite towns in Ireland as inspiration in my projects all the time! I love to close my eyes and think of the sounds, colors, noises, smells, etc. of the towns and turn those things into projects. You can do this same thing with your own city! I do this often with Monterey as well. It's the place I call home and is absolutely breathtaking. Making a list of all the things I love about it has helped me get started with projects and finish up current projects on multiple occasions!

Dreams

I dream a lot. Most of the time they're weird dreams that I would never want to draw inspiration from, but every now and then I have a dream that I can't stop replaying in my head. When that happens I jot down everything I remember about it and try to turn it into a project, or use it for inspiration in multiple projects. Everything from something specific that happened in the dream to an item or icon that was present in the dream (ie. a butterfly or the moon) to the colors I saw in different parts of the dream - all of these things can serve as inspiration if you look at them in the right way.

I hope these give you an idea of different ways you can gather inspiration for your creative projects. Whether you're wanting to finish up a few projects you've been working on for a while, or need a starting point, looking at things differently than you may currently be looking at them is a great place to start.

Let's chat in the comments below - what are your favorite ways to gather inspiration? I'd love to try them out!