Working in the stationery & gifting industry trained me to constantly have my eye out for emerging trends, color palettes, and icons. When I first started, I had never heard of a 'mood board' before (precious fresh little babe!) and I also pretended to know how to use Photoshop like a champ (I didn't). The great thing about a new job, though, is that you learn while you're working! I worked out that design muscle constantly and became worlds better because I just had to DO IT and do it FAST. My world was all about crazy timing because everything was printed in China and took months and months to finalize and ship (not going that route with Vignetterie!) So when I started truly LIVING for the industry, it became (and still is) a constant hunt for ways to be inspired without ripping anyone off.
I've come up with a few solid ways to gather fresh creativity:
I'm a retro gal, so I love ordering 1950s design and ceramic books from Ebay. As much as I love looking at images online, nothing compares to flipping through pages of a beautiful book!
I have a vintage silk scarf collection that never ceases to inspire me. The colors, the compositions, the patterns- fabulous. My first one was my great-grandma's, and after I had one, I became a Scarf Hunter (why isn't this a reality show?) for life. I'm wearing one right now to cover my unwashed hair, and I feel glam as hell.
Do you have an album, artist, or playlist that just puts you in the zone? I do. When I work on anything Vignetterie, I pop on Blossom Dearie and go to town. She has the cutest little voice mixed with sweet jazz piano, and she just embodies my love of all things feminine and chic. She probably inspired my whole brand, TBH. There's just something about music that can change your mood in an instant.
When I'm sitting at my desk (which is practically all day), I want to feel LIKE A BOSS, yet chic AF. I try to mix eclectic and inspiring pieces onto my desk (without cluttering it!) so that I can easily glance over and admire my whimsical pieces when I need an eyeball break! I've recently discovered the joy of mini planters, and I plan on creating some for the shop!
Last but not least- Mood boards!
I use mood boards for every aspect of my life. Wedding planning (I seriously have dozens), home decor, and Vignetterie collections. Mood boards are pretty much pinterest on a page, so you definitely don't have to create your own. I just love to do it! It's a way for me to visually represent exactly the look and feel I am going for. Even if I'm painting or designing something, the images on the board can be clothing, color palettes, home dec- whatever! Nothing gets me going like a freakin' mood board. I am a self-proclaimed curation master. See below for a peek at my process!
Comment below if you have any special ways of staying creative!