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Inspiration Assignment

Happy Monday to you! Today I would like to share a fun little assignment that was part of the e-course I am taking. I really enjoyed it, and after hearing about it maybe you will be inspired to take a little break and do one of your own! For each of the photos below, remember you can always click on the image to see it full-size. Okay, here we go!

I created a little inspiration board on the inside of a file folder, the purpose being to bring focus to what I want my blog to be. The look and feel, yes, but even more so I focused on the sort of content and general direction I want to go in. As you can see from the large “draw it yourself” in the center of the folder, one of my major goals for this blog as I move forward is to introduce more original content – be it drawings, original photography, documenting my home decorating projects, travels, design classes, etc.

In this close-up view of the upper right corner, I chose a few images to represent creative spaces and studios, which I would like to feature more of here on Lolalina…and to serve as inspiration for my own workspace! And la tour eiffel is there to reflect my passion for travel :)

I chose this image of a steaming cup of tea and the words “heartfelt & handmade” to remind  myself that the little things are often most important, and that what I want most for this blog is that it continues to come from an authentic place in my heart.

And there is my little owl business card! I stuck one onto my collage because although I adore my cards (from here, by the way, and very reasonably priced!) I have yet to give away very many of them! Circling back to my intention to collaborate this year, I would like to get out there and meet fellow bloggers in person, attend events that sound interesting, and generally put myself in more situations where I will have an opportunity to give away those cute little cards – having a big stack of them sitting in my desk drawer isn’t doing me any good! And the image below my card (from a Kate Spade ad) sums up the open, spontaneous attitude that I would love to cultivate!

If you would like to create your own mini-inspiration board too, I would love to see it! Feel free to link to an image on your blog, flickr, etc. if you have something you would like to share!

{images: Laura Gaskill}

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  • Daniella February 8, 2010, 5:29 pm

    Aw, how fun! I love your card too, simple and sweet…. you took the first course though right? I thought we couldn’t take the 2nd one as well? I must have misread something, lol… I would have taken the 2nd course too! It was so much fun.

  • Lolalina February 8, 2010, 6:19 pm

    Daniella – I did take the first course, and you didn’t misunderstand! Holly posted on decor8 that those of us who took BYW the first time could not sign up this time, but later decided that we *could* sign up a second time (she shared that on the BYW Friends group, not on decor8) – hopefully she will decide to do a “part 2” class, because I know that most of those from our group did not sign up a second time!

  • Travelingmama February 8, 2010, 8:02 pm

    This is just lovely! I the feel you have created!

  • camille February 8, 2010, 9:19 pm

    Fun inspiration board. I love how uplifting and fun your images are.

  • Jamie February 8, 2010, 9:30 pm

    i loveeee how you’ve explained it all! it also fits perfectly with the style of your blog:)
    your blog is really pretty btw!
    .-= Jamie´s last blog ..thank yous! =-.

  • Diana February 8, 2010, 10:20 pm

    This is lovely, lovely, lovely! We should organize an RI blogger GTG…. or even Southern New England – give us all a chance to swap cards!
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Pop! =-.

    • Lolalina February 8, 2010, 11:02 pm

      Yes!! Fantastic idea, Diana :)

  • Vineeta February 9, 2010, 9:24 am

    I loved your inspiration board & the way you’ve written your post! From the heart & with so much warmth.

  • tiina February 9, 2010, 12:14 pm

    I collect those cups in the steaming drink picture. They are by Finnish design brand Iittala, I love them:) I hope you’re enjoying the course, we had so much fun there last year!
    .-= tiina´s last blog ..{ cocoa muffins } =-.

  • gaia• Other Such Things February 9, 2010, 1:13 pm

    What a great inspiration board! It seems like your blog will be moving in really great directions– of course! I am in love with those Kate Spade shoes…
    .-= gaia• Other Such Things´s last blog ..Are you home? =-.

  • Magchunk February 9, 2010, 3:55 pm

    Lovely! Such wonderful goals and purpose. This would be a great exercise for any of us who blog with business in mind :) Several of my goals would be similar.

    I’m still digesting the info from BYW the first time around so I don’t think I was ready for it the second time!
    .-= Magchunk´s last blog ..Flower power =-.

  • Julieann/Creategirl February 9, 2010, 8:35 pm

    This is such a great exercise and I love the pictures on your inspiration board. I just went back and reviewed some of our “lessons” from BYW1, its so helpful to hear it from you. I hope she does a 2nd class too!!

  • LLH Designs February 9, 2010, 10:42 pm

    I’m so glad for a sick day today! It’s allowed me to take a break from my own designing world and find inspiring, talented, authentic women like you! Don’t even know how I got here, but glad I did! I love your inspiration board and am inspired to make one of my own…maybe for my blog/business, but mostly for just me. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lydia, Clueless Crafter February 10, 2010, 5:44 pm

    So happy to see Julieann here. I loved that you are sharing your hopes and process on hot to blog your way to your heart’s passion. I too talked out loud about how and where I want my blog to go. It will always change so don’t nail it down.

    Oh, and please, if you have the means do share your creative content. There are a lot of blogs out there, but not many who go as far to share the depth of their talents!
    .-= Lydia, Clueless Crafter´s last blog ..Auction Connection =-.

  • fr February 10, 2010, 6:23 pm

    that makes so much fun to look…makes me happy…fresh combination…really well done…;)…

  • Melissa A. February 10, 2010, 8:14 pm

    Your inpsiration board is so beautiful. I love inspiration boards and seeing what inspires others and how they put it all together. I’m so glad you shared it here and what it all means to you. I don’t remember that we did one of these in the first BYW class. I wish I would have known I could join for a second time too. I think I was too shy to share much in the first class, since I had just started my blog the first day class started and I never did join the BYW friends group. This is such a good idea to put together as a base of what you want your blog to be. I’m keeping this in mind. I think I might want to make one too.
    .-= Melissa A.´s last blog ..Guest Post =-.

  • Lana February 11, 2010, 4:09 pm

    Love your moodboard and your business card is so sweet!

  • The Design Boards February 11, 2010, 5:44 pm

    Hello! I am also in the BYW class and have been following your blog for a little while now! I love your inspiration board. I am in the same situation you are, I really want to make an effor to create more unique content…I already feel like the class is helping me to come up with my own ideas and I can see an improvement in my own blog. I love your blog, I’ve only been reading for a short time but I really enjoy your posts! Oh, and your business cards are so cute!

  • leslie February 15, 2010, 1:01 am

    Hi Laura!!!
    I love your board. Totally you and really fun to look at! Your biz cards are awesome, the draw it yourself reminder is so good and I look forward to seeing what you create and share here. I also love your creative space initiative -I too love seeing people’s studios.
    Your space here never fails to inspire me.
    .-= leslie´s last blog ..Happy… =-.

  • leaca February 24, 2010, 2:52 pm

    Love your board. Gorgeous!
    .-= leaca´s last blog ..simply decor–Leaca’s Philosophy =-.

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