When I create, there are two things that stall my creativity. Deciding on the colors to use and the layout’s design. The problem with colors is that I naturally gravitate to certain ones that I love, which is fine until they show up on every thing I create. It can get rather boring.
To help with this issue, I spend quite a bit of time finding and recording colors and combinations that inspire me. Probably my best resource is the web site Design Seeds. This web site takes beautiful images and creates color palettes from them. For example, this one called Flora Palette:
Another favorite for me is Pinterest. I love looking at actual projects to see the combinations used. For example, this bright and colorful layout from Laina Lamb (Creating Keepsakes Dream Team member) on the Creating Keepsakes Pinterest boards:
The other place I find a lot of inspiration is in magazines – especially the cover design and ads. Magazines are eye candy for me as I stand in line at the grocery store and are often impulse purchases, which I’m sure makes several magazine companies very happy. These items are hard to capture online so I save them in my inspiration journal. The advantage of this method is I can easily carry my journal with me to wherever I am creating and have the colors available even when I don’t have my computer.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that struggles with color combos (if I am, please don’t burst my bubble, it is Monday afterall and I need to start the week off on a positive note ). So where do you find your inspiration? What are your favorite color combos? Leave me a comment – I’d love to know how your creativity is sparked!
I hope your week is full of color and creativity. Have fun creating!