Before making my decision, one of the main subjects that kept coming back to me was my sketchbook.
Now don't get me wrong, my book is not just full of jewelry ideas, but marketing ideas, blog topic suggestions (this was one of them), color combinations, craft experiments, poetry, doodles, straight-up journaling, links or websites to remember, lists of supplies, and so much more.
If I don't have my exact sketchbook with me, I'll just draw something out on anything. The other day I was in my car in the bank drive through when an idea came to me. Fortunately, there was a slip of notebook paper in the seat next to me to get the stroke of inspiration written down.
Since I know that I have a horrible memory, I write down just about everything I can. However, sometimes the ideas and memory-jogs that go into the book don't translate as well later. I've got quite a few design ideas that I just can't seem to decipher. It's a shame really because I'm sure I was really excited about those ideas when they came to me.
Right now I'm trying to keep up the momentum of getting all my ideas in the book, no matter how tiny they are or how out of this world. So it's filling up faster than usual. I like that. As well, I'm in the process of going through my sketchbook and attempting to actually make the ideas and designs come to life. I've had some successes as well as some failures.
Many of the successes (or what I consider a success) end up in the shop.
|Bubbles Ascending Necklace|
Many of the bad ideas never get made, but some have to be tried in order for me to discover what a bad idea it was, like this necklace.
|I was going for a waterfall effect, but it just keeps tangling.|
Today I'm working on one of those inspirations that just HIT. You've probably seen them before, my Shabby Beads. My painted fingers were the perfect subject for today's February Photo A Day Challenge prompt.
|Day 3: Hands|
Also, there's a few GIVEAWAYS going on that I thought I'd share:
- Pips is offering up some of her Petal and Flower Capped Beads for just leaving a comment. So easy!!
- Over at Second Surf, there's a massive leather giveaway going on with several ways to enter. Get to it!
What do you do when inspiration strikes? Do you have a sketch/idea book too or do you have other methods? I'd love to know.