Moody Board

April 9th, 2012

I realized this weekend that my mood board is so clogged with old clippings, ephemera and photos that it’s like an archeological artifact. Part of the problem is that I’m so attached to all those poems, drawings, trinkets and other bits and pieces that I can’t bear to take them down or figure out what to do with them. But more troubling is that the board has become a kind of decorative element and has ceased to be really inspiring. And even more upsetting is that my entire home “office” has become just as nonfunctional. It’s never been where I write — I do that on my laptop in bed or in coffee shops or on the couch — but it’s become a playroom that’s never played in anymore. How do you keep your mood board fresh and your work room functional? Can’t decide if I need a life coach or a room coach.

5 Responses to “Moody Board”

  1. Tori Walters says:

    My suggestion would be to first take down everything non-inspiring. Buy, or make, a scrapbook and put those items in it. Leave inspiring items on the board, rearrange if you want to.
    As for keeping the room functional, decide that is the room where work will be done and not play. Even if you do decide to write in other rooms of your house, you can still keep the laptop and other work items on the desk in your home office. Hope this helps. I love your blog and your magazine.

  2. Hi Nikki,
    Just listened to your interview on CraftCast with Alison Lee. It’s been a couple of years since I sent anything for publication but Dangerous Shoes was my first published story ever and Skirt! is dear to my heart. Anyway, an amazing teacher of mine uses this method to save the images and create more room for new inspiration from mood boards. David Julian (check out his website of same name) creates large boards, then archives the bits and pieces into an art journal where he writes about the ideas/projects/etc generated by them. It creates a timeline and at the same time makes space for new. I think it is brilliant and have been doing the same. Love your blog. Deborah

  3. Hmmm. I think you need to ask yourself what you want from your board. Is it for visual display or inspiration? Have you turned it into a flat filing cabinet? If you really can’t bear to part with any of it, then why not scrapbook it? Not in a fussy way but in a smashbook kind of way. Take 20 minutes a day, take one to three items off the board, glue them in a book and write a few lines on why the items appeal to you…

    As for keeping it functional, ask yourself what you want to do in that space. Read? Create? Rest? Then make form follow function….Non-functioning rooms tend to become walk-in closets and clutter catchers. That’s not only bad for a room but bad for a life. If you don’t love something enough to actually use it or live with it actively in your space (not just stored), it’s probably time to let it go…

  4. nikki says:

    Love this idea!

  5. nikki says:

    I have a big idea book which I’ve neglected. I’ll be dragging it out this weekend and pasting. N

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