Inspiration Everywhere – Beautiful Inspiration & Ideas

I have been a fan of Instagram ever since I downloaded it a couple months ago.  It is one of my favorite places to connect with friends, share my world, and get inspired.  Twitter and Facebook are great for connecting, but nothing beats a picture.  I think the reason Instagram and Pinterest have grown so rapidly is because they are visual and inspiring.

One of my favorite sessions at SNAP conference was about trends from Jeanne (Trend Boost & Dirty Laundry), Lara (Less Cake More Frosting), Mandy (Vintage Revivals), and Jen (Tatertots and Jello).

Three Things I Learned About Trends and Inspiration

  1. Constantly research to find the latest trends.  Jeanne says that researching is the process of creatively investigating what’s up and coming by observing elements in various industries.  She said it is important to do both online and offline research.  One of the places she recommended doing online research was Instagram.  I love Instagram for creative research and inspiration.  By following creative people and businesses on Instagram you get a behind the scenes look at some of the most brilliant creative minds.  It’s awesome.  If you’re not on Instagram, you should be.
  2. Keep a record of your inspiration.  Pinterest was a blessing from heaven for keeping track of online inspiration. I would be lost without it.  Jeanne recommended keeping a record of offline research using binders, journals, and inspiration walls.  I have found that using my camera phone is a great way to quickly document offline inspiration.  Check out the recap of Jeanne’s presentation.
  3. Inspiration is everywhere.  Lara had some great advice about where to find inspiration.  She pointed out that you don’t have to look far to find inspiration. If you are inspired by something, integrate components of it into your work.  Checkout the printable Lara created from inspiration she found in a Target ad. Check out the recap of Lara’s presentation.

New Series – Inspiration Everywhere

I like to capture my offline inspiration using my phone.  I am going to share some of my favorite inspirations on Makoodle in a new series called “Inspiration Everywhere”.  Here is my first round of inspirations:

Anthropologie Turquoise and Coral Vase

This vase screams summer to me.  You can get it here.

Inspirational elements: Oversize embellishment, turquoise and coral colors

Anthropologie Rose Lamp Shade

Inspirational elements: Large rose pattern on lampshade; “dripping” blue, white, and black stripe design

Geometric Three-dimensional Art

One of my favorite places to go for inspiration is Z Gallerie. I love the texture of this three-dimensional wall art.

Inspirational elements: Texture, three-dimensional, geometric, neutral colors

Camera Artwork

Inspirational elements: Contrasting neon colors, sketched tracing

Colorful Magazine Typography

While thumbing through a magazine, I spotted this typography for the title of one of the articles.

Inspirational elements: Simple fonts, bright alternating colors. Great design idea for a summer printable.

Monster Hand Puppet

I was shopping at the mall and walked by a game store that had these darling monster puppets on display.

Inspirational elements: concept (monster puppet), bright color, goofy eyes, funny teeth, scruffy fur

Mother’s Day Quotable

Kneaders Bakery is a great place to get inspired.  They have season decor and gift ideas.  I like this quote.  It makes me feel less guilty for letting my 1 year old make a mess playing with the pots and pans.

Inspirational elements: Text (could be used for printable), black and white, simple design, typography

What inspires you?  Where do you find inspiration?


  1. says

    I love beautiful online magazines for inspiration. The pages/photos are pretty and they are uncluttered by the advertising in traditional magazines.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>