Like I said in my Editor’s Letter, I’ve been feeling a little uninspired as of late. After I was done sulking for the better part of three weeks I decided to make a proactive change to try and jumpstart my creativity. Usually I can find inspiration in words (poems, novels, music) but this time none of that was working for me. Instead I turned to another technique I haven’t used since college – a vision board.
I’ve done vision boards in the past where I spend countless hours scouring the internet for the perfect photos but this time I decided to just go in the moment and see what I could find. I headed to Barnes and Noble and it being late August, most of the fashion magazines had just released their giant September issues. I immediately grabbed for Elle, Nylon and the fashion Bible –Vogue.
From there I went home and just rifled through the pages of each magazine, tearing out the ads and editorial pages that inspired me. It may have been the colors, the styling or the poses, I was literally just going for anything that I was drawn to. To mix it up a bit so that my entire wall wasn’t just fashion pages, I also sorted through some of my snail mail cards and chose a few that I thought would fit in with the rest of the fashion spreads. Finally I took a few rolls of washi tape and started taping them up on a wall in my entry way.
And that’s it! You can use really anything to make a vision board – quotes, fashion spreads, cards, Pinterest photos, the options are endless. What I also like about using washi tape for this particular vision board is the fact that I can change out the photos and cards anytime I want as apposed to gluing them down on poster board. The end goal is to make a collage of things that inspire your creativity and help you find inspiration when you’re stuck. Go out and find all the pretty things.