Using an inspiration jar to overcome a creative slump. Click through to read!

Feeling a bit uninspired? Like every idea under the sun has already been done?

First of all, don't worry, you'll never run out of ideas! There are literally infinite ways you can connect the dots and come up with different ways of looking at things, it's just a case of having an arsenal of tools at your disposal to help you with the process. I'm going to give you a seemingly familiar method, but with a twist, which adds a randomised element to the proceedings.

I want you to pick a box or a large jar, a container of some sort that will fit a good amount of clippings and other materials. Then, start collecting ideas from all around you. Put in ads you like, pictures and magazine stories that inspire you, little items you find, paint swatches, quotes, cartoons, drawings, or anything else that catches your eye.

When you next find yourself lacking inspiration, and in search of ideas, put your hand in your file and pull out a couple of items – randomly. Now, the randomness is an important factor, don't try to pick two items consciously. What we're trying to do is to get your brain to connect random things you've found inspiring with each other, and in the process coming up with something completely new.

Perhaps you'll pull out a business card with a design you liked and a pebble you've collected from a beach in Cornwall. In what ways could you combine these two things into a new idea? Perhaps the shapes and textures of the pebble, combined with the shapes and colours of the design will give you an idea for a new piece of art. Or maybe you could use pebbles as business cards, hand lettering your information on a beautiful, smooth and tactile surface would certainly make you stand out. Or you can approach your inspiration in a more abstract manner, seeing how you could capture the feeling of a day on the beach with a clean design for your new website. It's even better if you focus your ideas on something you are trying to find an answer for at the moment.

I hope this helps in some small way to get over your creative slump!

P.S. remember that sometimes you do simply need some time out in order to refresh your creative engine, so do allow yourself a day or two of doing, and thinking, nothing once in a while.

Author: Marianne Taylor

Her Lovely Heart founder Marianne Taylor is a photographer, an educator, and a lover of colour & light. Her work has been published in blogs and magazines the world over and her personal photography has been part of an exhibition at Tate Britain. To work with Marianne, see the mentoring services she offers. Or, if you like the photography on HLH, you might want to check out her Product & Lifestyle photography services to see whether you could work together to help your brand grow. She is also slightly obsessed with her two cats, Astrid & Sofia, and loves Instagram.

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