So what inspires you?
I have 8 files full to bursting of images that I have collected over the years,
well since 1999 to be precise!
Each file holds a collection of scraps of paper ripped out of magazines before they got thrown away or passed on.
They are full of images and stories that inspire me. It might be a success story,
or an interior photograph in someones home.
It might be an article about a business and the story behind it.
There are images of gardens, seasons, celebrations.....
.... recipes, products or just lovely images.
I wouldn't be without these files for the world - they chart my design channels, the way my ideas have developed and styles have changed and evolved over the past 12 years.
I tweeted that I was sat, about to go through my magazines and I was met with tweets from like minded souls who either do just that - rip out and store their favourite images or those that keep the whole magazine because they couldn't bare to part with them!
It was then, that I was introduced to a way to store the wonderful images that I now stumble upon on the web. I had often wondered what was the most efficient way to keep an inspiration bank of images I find daily and Pinterest is the place to do just that.
I must confess that I have become a bit of an addict over the past few days but it is, a truly amazing visual collection. You can store your images in collections on 'boards' so that the images are easy to collate and subsequently easy to find. For example the above board is the red and aqua board and below, the bunting, wreaths and garlands board.
Think of Pinterest as a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create collections of things you love and "follow" collections created by other people.
What is even better is that you get to see what other people are 'pinning' and they get to see what interests you too!
You just sign up, add the pin icon to your toolbar and pin away and what's even better is that it does the technical bit of storing the source web codes for you.
So now I have two places to store all those fabulous images that inspire me!
To check out my page and boards click here!