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Introduction to Moodboard Class

Here is my MoodBoard kit which I have used in some of my layouts. You can purchase it in my Etsy Store here.

It is not required to have this kit to do the class. You can use any products.

Each of the Mood Board challenges will ask you to "inspire me to know" a person or thing by using images to visually tell the story.  Each challenge will provide a different topic.

What is a Mood Board?

Mood Boards are sometimes called Inspiration Boards and are the beginning of a creative process.  Mood Boards are a collection or collage of inspirational elements to define a mood or feeling which is otherwise hard to communicate. 

Mood Boards are used in business to allow the client to visually see and confirm the style and theme of what is about to be created, whether it is a website or

magazine or home decorating or fashion. A client will explain wishes and ideas and the business will create a Mood Board to bring it all together to share with the client the overall feel, atmosphere, or flow of the idea.  Often several options are given the client from which to choose. 

In web page design, the use of content from various sources is called a "mashup."  I like that term! Sometimes Mood Boards are used by writers to visually explain an imaginary setting for a storyline before the story is written. 

Before the use of digital programs, Mood Boards were made from foam board with cut-outs (ie. photo or fabric swatches or paint chip or text) put on to it.  Of course, a simple poster board would work too.  Although the hand-on feel and physical sensation of traditional Mood Boards can be compared to those who prefer to hold a book in the hand to read, digital Mood Boards are quicker and easier.

Pinterest or an Etsy treasury list can be considered a form of a Mood Board as a visual discovery tool to use to collect ideas from various sources.

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To begin a Mood Board:

1.  Consider and gather various elements to include, such as:

Color palettes



Overall feel

Mood (imagine that!)

Photography style

Textures (fabric, metal, gold, wood)

Faces and expressions


2  Consider adjectives that describe, such as:

Soft, hard

Grungy, clean

Dark, light

Glossy, edgy

Slick, rough

Modern, vintage

Muted, bright

Round, square

Elegant, messy

Realistic, sketchy

Illustration, photo

Colorful, black and white

Challenge Concepts:

1.  Your layout may be what you currently have or what you desire to have; however, for copyright reasons, do not take photos off the internet to make your Mood Boards.  This is why it is best to create with what you already have so you can photograph or to use digital scrapbooking supplies.

2.  Your whole Mood Board could simply be objects laid out on a table and photographed, then add a color palette, textures, and text.

3.  Extract a photo of an object and add it.

4.  Take things you have now and photograph them to rearrange them on a Mood Board until you feel inspired to use what you have to redecorate.

5.  Look for fonts.  Handwritten fonts are great for jotting down thoughts, adjectives, and descriptions.  Doodle fonts might have graphics. 



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