(NOTE: This post is older, and I’ll admit that Pinterest has long since supplanted my Visual Style Journal … but if you’re old school or just hate recycling magazines full of inspiring images, this technique could still work for you!)
Although I would certainly cite blogs as my main source of stylistic information, I still adore my magazines. I love poring over them and marking pages that showcase styles or items of interest. And I love looking at them again and again, until I’ve figured out how to incorporate those styles or items into my OWN unique look.
But even though Husband Mike and I donate outdated magazines to our office waiting rooms, it feels wasteful to receive, absorb, and discard. Especially since many of the images that catch my eye and styles that capture my fancy are NOT trend-based, and could carry over into coming years … except that they are inevitably eclipsed by the new, trendy, fresh looks that arrive in my mailbox each month.
I have the memory of a gnat, you see. Even things I love fade from my brain quicker than I’d like to admit. And new mags eventually bump old mags from brain-rotation.
So eventually I started ripping out magazine pages to stash for later reference, assuming that if I kept the pages, the inspiration would linger longer. Most were editorial images, but also the occasional ad. For ages, I just kept those pages in a messy stack on my desk at home but when I finally organized them, I was SO PLEASED with the results that I just had to share.
Now, I know many of you keep electronic or physical inspiration boards, but I like things portable. So I bought a durable binder and plastic sheet protectors at my local office supply emporium, and set to organizing my clippings.
I did them up by season, mainly, with simple hand-lettered dividers. As the seasons change, I’ll move the current one forward.
Some pages that I know will interest and inspire me NEXT fall just as much as they did LAST fall.
I also gave myself a slot for seasonless advice … like ways to dress up a white button-down, and a tutorial on layering necklaces, both topics I’ve tackled but not from these same angles.
… and one for advice in general. Good styles for pear-shaped figures, how to pose for a photo, and the like.
Not exactly earth-shattering stuff, I realize, but perfect for my needs at the time. So many women get stylistically stumped on a weekly basis, and long for some tailored visual inspiration. Flipping through a simple binder like this on Sunday afternoon – a binder assembled from images that speak to YOU and you alone – could help spark your creativity. Even if you can’t dedicate a wall to gorgeous magazine imagery, or aren’t interested in assembling digital images into a mouth-watering collage, a simple project like this could be all you need to get your mojo working.