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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Blogmas Day 2: All About Mood Boards, How To Get Visual Inspiration, And How To Create Your Own Mood Board!

A mood board is essentially a collage of images specifically selected to work together and create a certain emotion. More often than not, this is done by choosing a particular colour scheme that speaks about a brand's personality.



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It's day 2 of Blogmas, and thank you so much for tuning in! Blogmas is a twelve-day blog series I'm creating in the run-up to Christmas, where I'll be blogging every single day!

In yesterday's post, I shared a huge list of Bullet Journal resources, and today, we'll talk about choosing the right theme for your journal by using one of my favourite tools in the world - the mood board!



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A mood board is essentially a collage of images specifically selected to work together and create a certain emotion. More often than not, this is done by choosing a particular colour scheme that speaks about a brand's personality.

For instance, this mood board has a very boho, beachy vibe to it:

On the Creative Market Blog - 20 Inspiring Mood Boards to Design Your Own Logo

Whereas this one is a bit more cozy and warm in a totally different way:

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Now the obvious difference between the two mood boards above lies in the colour scheme. The turquoise and white in the first mood board gives it a summery vibe, whereas the greys and muted browns of the second one speak to a wintry cold, fireplace-y feel. Clearly, the colours you choose for your mood board have a huge impact on how it makes you feel. 

Generally speaking, greens, yellows and whites denote freshness, nature and vitality. On the other hand, different shades of blue convey different feelings. A cyan, for instance, could signify the sea, whereas a royal blue is more dramatic and heavy.

However, colour isn't the only element at our disposal when it comes to the mood board. Textures and elements are often at the core of a good mood board. Two boards with the same colour schemes can make you feel totally different things!


Strawberry, Orange & Lemon Wedding Mood Board    Pink & Orange


Both of these boards use the same colour scheme, but they both have very different characters due to the textures and elements involved!

Creating a mood board may not be everyone's cup of tea, because it involves a lot of thought and effort and decent collage-making skills....it's a lot of work. Trust me, I make one every month and if I didn't love every second of it, I'd bin my computer right now! 

Luckily for those of you who do actually value your sanity, there are thousands upon thousands of mood boards out there on the interwebs and all you really need is a search engine (and far too much disk spaces because you will want to save them all. This isn't even a joke.) and a faint idea of what you're looking for.

One great resource to help you find mood boards is Pinterest. If there is one thing you need to know about Pinterest, it's that Pinterest is not a social media platform. It is a very specific, targeted and user-oriented search engine.
Melyssa Griffin is, to me, the queen of Pinterest, and she's the one who brought this information to the world so openly. Her courses are all super amazing, and I highly recommend checking them out!

A quick search on Pinterest will give you more inspiration than you can imagine, and frankly, it's so much fun! Now this is the part where I plug my own Pinterest board that is a collection of really cool mood boards that I personally use to inspire my monthly colour schemes. No, I'm not asking you to check it out for the views (my monthly reach on Pinterest is about 50k, not that I'm bragging or anything)  but I genuinely think you'll find it a great resource when it comes to picking colour palettes for your own art or project, or even if you're refurbishing your home!

Here are some examples of my own mood boards and how I've used them to inspire my monthly themes for both, my Bullet Journal, as well as my website and social media.

November 2017

The Mood Board: 

How to gain inspiration for colours, textures and branding, quickly and effortlessly, by using Mood Boards.

The Journal:


December 2017:

The Mood Board:

How to gain inspiration for colours, textures and branding, quickly and effortlessly, by using Mood Boards.

The Website Elements:





If nothing that's already out there appeals to you, there are tons of drag-and-drop collage makers where you can add in specific images and create your own mood board like I have. I highly recommend Canva for this, their interface is probably the easiest to get acquainted with.

 Mood boards are honestly the best inspirational tools there have ever been, and I honestly recommend using them when making important colour choices - even if it's just for your day's wardrobe!

Alrighty, y'all, that concludes Day 2 of Blogmas! This series is shaping up to be so much fun, and I hope you agree! As always, here's a reminder to please take a moment to share this post with a friend if you love it!

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How to gain inspiration for colours, textures and branding, quickly and effortlessly, by using Mood Boards.


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I hope you have a lovely Thursday, and I'll see you right here tomorrow!

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