A Swipe File of Inspiration

No matter what the ideas or conduct of others, there is a unique rightness and beauty to life which can be shared in openness, in wind and sunlight, with a fellow human being who believes in the same basic principles.
Sylvia Plath

Inspiration Mosaic June 2014

Inspiration Mosaic June 2014, images collected on Flickr. Click the image to view the individual sources,
or you can choose to view this mosaic collection big and set it as your desktop picture.

Hello July!

I haven’t made a inspiration mosaic since March, so this one contains inspiration collected in April, May and June through my rather few visits to Flickr. The new design still irritates me, so I prefer to visit and collect inspiration at Pinterest these days. I love how I find new blogs and great content as I click through from Pinterest when I have the time too.

And I so adore the pinterest app on my phone, and often when I am too tired to do anything else, I’ll visit and pin for fun. But of course I still collect images of-line, from magazines and such. It is my therapy. Today as I listened to podcasts I took out a Moleskine where I have doodled on just a couple of random pages, and decided to make it into my next inspiration book, my swipe file for arts, crafts and patterns.

I posted this to Instagram as the first page was finished:

Moleskine inspiration collage

Images from this spread is from an old Marie-Clair Ides that I swiped clean last week.

What is your favorite way to keep a “swipe file” of inspiration? And do you have any advice on how to actually use that inspiration in your own work? Sometimes I feel like all I do is to look at other peoples great ideas…

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2 Responses to A Swipe File of Inspiration

  1. Anna W says:

    I use Pinterest as inspiration. It’s my addiction. I’m also interested to know how others actually use their pins. :-)

  2. regina says:

    I don’t like flickr’s new design either. I rarely visit for inspiration. I mostly use pinterest. I need to find some old magazines to rip up too. Love everything in your swipe file :)

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