DIY: Inspiration Board on Photoshop

Hey all!

As you can probably guess, I love coming up with inspiration boards. However, while they look (and pretty much are) really straightforward, I wanted to share some of the tips and tricks I have been using. Otherwise, a simple project can take wayyy too long!

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1. FIND THE RIGHT IMAGES

Don’t force it, or you may get frustrated. I always start at Pinterest or Tumblr and see what patterns I see. Funny enough, I find that I usually pin a few items with similar themes at the same time. Once you have about 3, you are in good shape!

Do you guys see somewhat of a theme coming from the photo collection below? I see about 3 different boards that could use several of those images!

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2. MAKE THE TEMPLATE

You want to make sure your board is the same size each time, and, if you want to put it on your blog, make sure it is wide enough. The length isn’t as important; you can always extend it, but I find that I never do just because it is easier when you know where your borders are.

I usually make my boards 650 by 800 pixels.

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3. PLACE ON A BLANK TEMPLATE ON PHOTOSHOP

Then, pile all the images with the right color scheme on it. I also include the photos I am not sure fit perfectly, because after seeing them all on the page, I can see if it really does work.

To get started, I like to pick one image that I really like, in this case it is the one with the popsicle on the tray, and put it in the top left corner. Before you get started arranging everything: make it easier on yourself!!! Label each of your layers, even if it makes sense to only you. Just trust me.

Then, just get started arranging everything else!

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The last steps are always the hardest, because by this point you have probably used up all the photos you were planning on looking. At this point, I would either 1. Make the other photos bigger so I don’t have extra space or 2. Search forever to find another photo. Usually it is the lather haha, but trust me – its worth it! 

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Good luck everyone!

Guest Post: 6 Unique DIY Gift Ideas

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Hi Everyone! I’m a lifestyle blogger from SWEATshirt DRESSshirt, and today, I’ll be guest posting about DIY gifts on the Leah Sprague Blog (thanks for the opportunity, Leah!).

My favorite type of gifts to give have always been handmade. They’re sentimental, and there is just something about putting time and effort into making something for someone, that can’t be found at the store. I’ve compiled a list of six different projects ranging from easy (light switch cover), to moderately difficult (kitty loafers). They’re all worth checking out, and I hope you become inspired to make something for someone this season! Happy Holidays.

1. Jewelry Display Branch

2. Kitty Loafers

3. Boxwood Christmas Wreath

4. Geometric Switch Plate Cover

5. Snow Globes

6. Feather Gauze Blanket + A Homemade Stamp

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first image via here, edited by SWEATshirt DRESSshirt

DIY: Magazine Collage

Hey everyone!

I have a super-huge obsession with magazines. I love graphic design, but magazine layouts are my favorite, so basically I hoard them. I recently decided that it was time to get rid of my over-flowing stacks (the magazine bins I have were not big enough to hold them all!) by cutting out all my favorite pages, styles, and things that inspire me. I have always been a stickler about never cutting/destroying my magazines in anyway, but finally it had gotten out of hand.

Scroll down to see how I organized all my magazines, reducing them to just a thin binder!

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Once I cut out all my favorite things, I paper clipped things by theme; color, graphic design, advice, etc.
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Here is a collage I made in my art journal.

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Finally, since some collections still have a while to go before they can fill up a page, I put them in a folder in a special binder, which is now my “magazine binder”

 

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I also included layouts/ideas that I really enjoyed, and made a special point to hole punch the insides so it reads like a magazine.

 

I hope you enjoy! This is a super fun way to organize but still keep bits of inspiration! -Leah