Everyone has their own process for creating layouts and projects.
I tend to start with the photo. I respond best to visuals so I’ll find the photos, go searching for products, come up with an angle or story for my layout and then start creating. But photos aren’t the only place you can start. Inspiration can play a role as well and you can shake up your process if you start creating from a different place.
Let inspiration guide you
I was on design-seeds the other day, just searching through color palettes when I came across a pretty combination:
It it rare, but occasionally, something like this sparks an idea and I want to drop everything I’m doing and just go create. This palette inspired me like that. I love the red + aqua combination and now that I’m back in Florida, I see it all the time in nature. Bright blue skies, red flowers. So inspired, I wanted to create something.
Making changes to the creation process
When I start with photos, I have a sense for what I need to do with my layout. The photos set the agenda — seasonal, theme, everyday life, etc… — and I go from there. When I start with an inspiration piece, everything is mixed up. In the case of this color palette, I pulled out my paper collections to see what I had. Just my luck, I had recently purchased a 6×6 pack of Bo Bunny’s Alora collection, that includes red, aqua and a lovely lime green. Perfect.
From there I try to find photos that will work with the colors. If the photos don’t coordinate, nothing will come together. The papers are whimsical, due to the doodled prints. In my stack of spring break photos, I had some great ones of my Mom and my nephew making ice cream sundaes. Colors work.
At this point, I know my products, I know my photos, I have a story in mind, now I need a design. A quick search through sketches I’ve pinned to Pinterest and I found the perfect one — fun, whimsical and has the right number of photos:
After cropping a few photos, making a few more product selections, I was ready to create.
My process for this layout
- Start with color palette
- Search for products with the same colors
- Find photos that coordinate with the whimsical nature of the products
- Find a sketch that works with my photos and gives me enough room to journal the story
- Create the layout
- Embellish as needed
Big tip: 6×6 paper pads are perfect for small die cuts like banners. Because the patterns are scaled down, you can actually use florals and other fun prints as you’ll actually be able to see more of the print on the small die cut.
Change can be good
There are many different ways to start the creation process. I will probably always be most comfortable starting with the photos and going from there. But when you challenge yourself to start in a different place — with the story or products or a color palette – it can shake up your process. You never know what creativity will flow when you shake things up.
How are you most comfortable starting your projects and where do you think you could shake things up?
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