April 20

Inspiration Files

Posted by lori . 10 Comments


Every Saturday, I share my weekly Artist Date.

Basket & Accordion Files

This week was another stay-at-home Artist Date. I wanted to work on my inspiration files.

Accordion File

What are my inspiration files? Generally images, articles and instructions I pull out of magazines and return to when I need an idea or inspiration.  When I see something that intrigues me, I put it in an accordion file.

Folders & Idea Binder

From time to time, I go through the accordion file and put the pictures, articles and instructions in notebooks.

Idea Binder

It was not just time for me to move things from the accordion file to my notebooks, but time to go through and do a review and purge. The weight of too many ideas can be as stifling as too few ideas.  This is not a one day project, but I can already feel a lightness.

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10 Responses to " Inspiration Files"

  • Daisy says:

    That’s much tidier than HER filing cabinet folder!!!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    Probably why SHE doesn’t get very inspired.

  • Sue says:

    I use to keep all my crafting mags with the intention of going back through them, but I rarely did. Then I started tearing out just the articles that particularly got my interest. Again I rarely looked back through them. Now I tend to make a point of focusing on one magazine at a time, doing projects, etc., until I’ve done that magazine. I then pass them on to a friend.

  • Finn says:

    That has to be a huge job. I can imagine have too may ideas can be overwhelming. Have a great Sunday.

  • The file folder is a great idea. I am always cutting out recipes and they end up in a pile on the counter. Thanks for the tip.

  • What a great idea. I am always so impressed with how organised you are Lori. Much more so than me who has to turn the whole house upside down when I need something screeching “where the hell did I put that thing!” 🙂
    Lynne x

  • This is like what I used to do with recipes. I had so many files of them, with categories like Christmas, BBQ, Asian, Cakes. Guess what happened to them at last year’s big clean out? More than 10 years worth of things I might have eaten, binned 😉

  • So many ideas and so little time … where do you find the time? I love those notebooks. But I still just tear out recipes from magazines or print them from the internet and stuff them in my filing cabinet … unfilled! Even shifting house last year didn’t get me organised.

  • You are absolutely right: too many ideas are just as stifling as too few. All artists need to focus in order to get something actually done! I’m very bad at it. I’m OK once I get going, but if something interrupts me (as this recent holiday has done) then it takes a while to get back in the groove.

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