DIY Inspiration Smashbook + Free Silhouette Cut File and PNG. Plus, seven ways I find inspiration!
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DIY Inspiration Smashbook
One of the questions I’m asked most is “How do you find inspiration?”. That’s easy. It’s literally all around you. Figuring out how to take what inspires you and make it your own in the hard part.
Here are seven ways I find inspiration:
- This book is small on size and price but huge on heart and inspiration: Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things No One Told You About Being Creative.
- Follow hand-letterers and artists you love on Instagram. I’m putting together a list of my personal favorites to share with you soon!
- Pinterest. I keep boards just for Hand-Lettering, Art & Doodling, Watercolors, Typography, Patterns, and more! There’s nothing wrong with finding inspiration from other people’s work, so long as you don’t copy it! Find a way to make something you love your own.
- Get outside! I get some of my best ideas when I’m out for a run. Nature is a pretty awesome source of inspiration. When we take family trips I always bring my camera and snap pictures of interesting textures, patterns, signs, buildings, and more.
- Go window shopping. Look for patterns and ideas! I found this amazing inspiration at the grocery store of all places. Typography is everywhere. Pay attention. 🙂
- Music. I love to listen to music while I work and often find inspiration in the lyrics. A few of my current faves: Adele, Hozier, Ed Sheeran, Gavin DeGraw, Lindsey Stirling (She’s insanely talented. YouTube her videos. We saw her in concert last Summer and she blew me away).
- Keep a smashbook. I rarely flip through a magazine without scissors and washi tape nearby. I cut out anything I like and tape it in my smashbook. What’s a smashbook? It’s really just an art and inspiration journal.
Speaking of smashbooks, let’s make one!
- Canvas Sketch Book (I got the one pictured below at Michael’s)
- Watercolors (I used these)
- Ultra Fine Sharpie or Fabric Ink (see notes below)
- Stencil Material of choice (I used cardstock)
- Silhouette CAMEO
- Inspiration & Ideas Lettering (Download the Silhouette File here or the PNG here)
Want to see this cut file being hand-lettering in action? Check out the video I shared on IG here.
Start by painting the cover and binding however you’d like. I picked a few of my favorite colors and painted at random without a plan.
I also painted the binding and back of the sketch pad.
Prop up and let dry completely.
Once dry, cut your stencil and add the text.
The ultra-fine Sharpie worked with much less bleeding than the fine one, but I didn’t love the results. So the next time I did it, I used freezer paper and fabric ink for the lettering. (Here’s how to use freezer paper and fabric paint).
Then I fill it with notes and ideas. Like I said earlier, I seriously almost never flip through a magazine without cutting out something to add!
And these you have your own DIY Inspiration Smashbook. Easy, fun, and useful! Plus, a blank one of these would make such a cute gift idea.