26 January 2012

Pages Upon Pages of Inspiration

Since the start of the week, I've been raving about mood boards and illustrating how they aren't strictly the bulletin board variety. Many people who design for a living use mood boards. Yes, even chefs. In creating a menu, plating a dish or making a cookbook, a series of sketches and pictures contribute in making the food look beautiful. After all, we eat with our eyes first.

Organic baker Sarah Magid, in her cookbook Organic and Chic, showcases the beginnings of a luscious cake with a few drawings.

Like a dress or a piece of furniture, the initial design is the direction in which the cake comes to life. It will also be the basis of approval for the person requesting it.

So have I convinced you that mood boards are they right way to begin any project? Mood boards keep you organized!

blah: a stack of magazine clippings

TADA!: assemble an inspiration book
using a three-ring binder

Add some dividers, paper & some plastic pockets.

Fill the pockets with pictures or fabric.
Make lists & floor plans on the paper.

You can also punch holes on actual tear sheets
and add them to the binder.

Watch your binder grow thicker as the
project progresses.

And use it as a guidebook for all the people involved.

Enjoy your Thursday!


  1. I love inspiration boards, binders and files. I'm a magazine tearer-upper.

  2. Thank you Lori! Magazine tearers...let's unite! :)

  3. I have three beautiful binders and a stack of ripped pages just waiting to be filed.

  4. Carmie, I want to see :) Thanks for your comment today!


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