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Friday, April 19, 2013

.:Inspirations Boards:.

If you've got an event coming up, here are some great tips on how to plan. I know that I'll definitely be using some of these practices next time I'm in charge of something!

Tackle Your Next Project with an Inspiration Board

An inspiration board is a great tool to help you neatly organize and focus your ideas for a new project.  Although frequently used by wedding planners and interior decorators, inspiration boards can be used by anyone seeking to tackle any project.    

Creating an inspiration board is quick and easy.  Follow these five simple steps and you will be on your way to making one in no time!

1.  Pick a format for your board.  First, you must decide if you want a digital board or a physical board.  The benefit of creating a digital board is that you can utilize programs such as Photoshop or Paint to collect and organize your ideas.  If you decide to make a physical bard, you will want to use a cork bulletin board or a large poster board.  

2.  Find some images.  For a digital board, search your favorite websites, e-zines and blogs for images pertaining to your project.  For a physical board, use magazines, newspapers and print images from the web for the board.  As an example, a person who is redecorating a room might use home design magazines or color swatches for their inspiration board.  If you have items on hand that you want to use for the project, remember to take pictures of those too.  Remember, this step is all about having fun.  Do not overthink your images; it will all come together later.

3. Create a checklist.  After you have selected your images, make one list of everything that you have and another list of things that you think you will need.  At this point, organization becomes critical to avoid clutter.  If you are using a digital board, stay organized by creating a folder designated only for this project.  If you are using a physical board, find a folder with pockets to keep your loose pictures, color swatches and anything else you may need.

4.  Find your theme. Now that you have created your lists, look over them carefully to find some common theme that could bring them all together.  If you are decorating a room, this could be a shape, a color or a unique detail.  This theme will serve as the focal point of the project and will bring all of your ideas together.

5.  Lay it all out.  After you have chosen a focal point, open your folder and place all of your images around your focal point.  This will allow you to see how well your ideas fit together.  If you feel that your focal point fits well with your images move onto step five.  If you feel that your focal point needs some rethinking, repeat step four until you are satisfied.

Creating an inspiration board is an excellent way to help your organize your thoughts for an event, artistic creation or do-it-yourself project.  Whether you are renovating a room in your home or planning the party of a lifetime, inspiration boards will help you give life to your ideas.

Take the below inspiration board for example.  I’ve been tasked with helping organize a friend’s bridal shower.  And if you’re anything like me, you feel that if you’ve been to one bridal shower, you’ve been to them all.  So I wanted to do some unique and different things for this shower.  Since this is a bridal shower, I thought the easiest way to start would be using the wedding colors as the inspiration for the decorations.  Her wedding colors are lilac and green.  An easy way to incorporate theme colors into any event is by using flowers.  A great way to budget flowers is to choose a flower that’s in season, and avoid specialty order flowers.  You may even consider using silk flowers, especially if you need a large quantity.  We have rented the outdoor patio of Club Lava, a Central New York events center, which had the exact set up we were looking for.  With plenty of casual, comfy seating, complete with coverage incase of rain, I thought: perfect!  In keeping with the casual feel, we did not want to do a sit down meal.  Instead, we will be doing hors d'oeuvre and fun desserts like Key Lime Pie shooters.  I love the idea of having a signature drink too.  Signature drinks gives the opportunity to showcase a little of the brides personality. Take these individual lemonade drinks from Martha Stewart, for example: very simple, yet chic.  This is also helpful for those who do not wish to serve alcohol at the bridal shower.  Lastly we will need to come up with a favor, or perhaps we will give away the lilac flower decorations as the favor?

An inspiration board is similar to a mood board. They both are built from a collage of photos, clippings, fabric strips, paint samples and really anything that relates to the project. A quick look at an inspiration board will reveal the underlying elements that frame the project.

There is only one rule for creating an inspiration board: there are none!  There is no right or wrong way to create your board.  It’s called an inspiration board because it reflects the photos and concepts that inspire you.

Michelle Pino has provided these tips in hopes to educate others on how to lead a more organized and less stressful life.  Michelle believes a more organized approach to tasks will result in more completed goals.  She is thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Sumo and together share their ideas on “­­­­­­­­­Sumo's Sweet Stuff”.

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