Thursday, February 09, 2006

Idea Book



Motivated by Jill, I decided to post about my Idea Book. I love it! It is how I organize my ideas (obviously) and I have it divided into 6 sections. I started it almost a year ago, and I use it for clippings and sketches in my head. I just used a mead spiral notebook, but it's kind of a weird size. It's on the small side so it's unobtrusive and portable. I have it divided into 6 sections- Sketches, where I draw out my ideas, Type, where I collect all ideas of lettering etc. Techniques, Color, Pages (entire pages I like) and Projects, for special non-scrapbook projects. It has been so effective! I go through my monthly magazines a few times, dog-earing the pages I like. After I can bear to part with it (within the month it comes) I cut out all the ideas and put them in my book. It has pockets and I also write down fonts to download, websites to visit, page and album ideas, and keep a running shopping list in the book for supplies I "need". I love it because I can throw the rest of the magazine away, avoiding the clutter problem, and all of my ideas are compiled in one place where I reference them often. I also have a smaller, coordinating journal just for scrapping. I use it to write things down as they happen for future journaling, or to write title prompts I might have. All in all, I have found it to be VERY effective! I think compiling my own idea book has set me free!

5 comments:

Jill said...

Way to go above and beyond and answer my question. I haven't narrowed down my categories or known what to do with my clippings, but after studying yours I think I'll do it your way. Yet another one of your amazing projects actually in progress (instead of waiting to be done).

michelle said...

The most sickening part to me is your own sketches. I don't think I've EVER made my own sketch. Just copied others'. You are so inspiring! And if there's any possibility of my idea book setting me free to find my own unique style as you have done, I've got to get moving on that project pronto!

hc said...

Your idea book is pretty much a work of art in itself. I have just random sketches in random places and have never really thought of putting them altogether. So yet again, you have me thinking :P

Kristi Brooke said...

This is amazing. i love it! inspiring

mom said...

I love seeing the creative genes have been passed down and actually surpassed mine to be sure! Even with my overload of creative thoughts in the interior division of creativity, I know nothing of this creative journaling that you and Michelle do, and Jill and many others! I am always overwhelmed and impressed and alittle jealous! I want to learn this when I retire. Do I have to post a photo?

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