the sweet bead studio Inspiration Board {and tutorial}

by Cindy on July 12, 2011


Thanks for dropping by!  I know it’s been a week since you heard from me last, but life at the beach means time away from the computer (not to mention terribly slow Internet connections…grr!).  I’ve missed visiting your blogs and hope to get back in the circuit as time allows.  Today I have something special to share with you – I planned ahead and took pictures before we left home.

Would you like to see my favorite corner of my studio?  Hanging on the wall you’ll see my brand new inspiration board.  Do you have one too?  Many use inspiration boards (or mood boards)  to hang inspiring cut-outs, photos, postcards, correspondence, anything with personal meaning.  These items can be removed or added as your mood changes.  My board contains items that I hold dear – thoughtful gifts from friends, nostalgic keepsakes, vintage jewelry and colors that I love.


How about a closer look….. here are just a few of my sentimental treasures and where they originated:


A pretty, ornate pendant by Esther.   A beautiful ATC from Sharon.


Antique silver and mother of pearl baby rattle from Kerry, and a glimpse of a resin bezel by Kristin.   A bunch of giggly beach boys.


Personalized tag and brooch with photo transfer by Esther.


A turn-of-the-century photo of an elegant lady.  I’d love to know why she is dressed up so – is it her wedding day?   This one really grabs me.


An old holy card of the Blessed Mother flanked by rhinestones and vintage chandelier crystals.


A mixed media pendant by Cat.  What a great message.
A flea market find – a special, old religious medal given to me by Lori.  It is signed by the gift-giver and was given at Christmas time.
I hope you enjoyed a peek in to one corner of my studio.  If  you’d like to make your own inspiration board, I‘ve written a step-by -step photo tutorial. Just click on the TUTORIAL LINK and you’ll see how I made mine!
*If you already have an inspiration board, please take a picture and share the link with us – we’d love to see YOURS too! 🙂
Thank you for visiting!

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Kerry July 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm

what a fantastic tutorial and mood board!! i love it!! and it is so uniquely you. i’m jealous.

my inspiration board is in the form of wire and hooks. you can see it here: you might recognize the item on the lower stretch in the left corner. 🙂

Lori Anderson July 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm

That pearl baby rattle is amazing, and I’d love to just grab this entire board and take it home with me!!!

Sally July 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm

No wonder you always have such great jewelry designs your inspiraton/mood board is so wonderful!
P.S. I have to say that anytime I see a tin type or old photo I always wonder why the photo was taken.

Lisa Liddy July 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Wow…that’s lovely…very inspirational!

Michelle July 12, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I seem to have a lot of pins and fortune cookie sayings on mine, along with some random poems and Christmas ornaments. You’ve inspired me to freshen up my own inspiration board with some new pieces.

Brandi July 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm

How pretty is THAT??

I’ve wanted to do a big mood/inspiration board in my studio for a while now, but I’ve already run out of wall space. That, and a few other excuses. Some day I’ll get my act in gear!

Erin Prais-Hintz July 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I love mood boards and yours just suits you to a “T”! I am a hoarder, and I don’t really stick to one area. I have things taped up over my computer where my shelves are destined to go, three square cork boards by the computer where my calendar and business license hang along with cheat notes on how to backup my video files, ideas for blog post and the contributor guidelines for some publications. Over my beading table I do have what I guess could be a mood board, but it is filled with things that don’t really inspire me right now. Maybe that is a project that I can tackle sometime, to clear it off and make it inspirational!

Thank you for sharing all of this. Glad you are having so much fun this summer!

Stacie July 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm

What a charming idea!! Ok, I am doing it!! So happy you are having a great summer with your family!!

Lana July 12, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Hi Miss Cindy, i was just about to send you a little BOO! just a short little note i like to send when i havn’t seen a post from my friends for a little bit, just to let them know they are thought of and missed even when they are absent doing family things and such. I abso love your mood board, especially the four little gigglers, how sweet are they, i mean what more inspiration could one need. The whole thing is just so…….you. I am taking a little break from the studio to refresh, i have a festival this weekend and have been working long hours so i thought i would go for a little hop to clear my mind. When i am all done i am going to have a look at that tutorial i could really use one of those boards as push pins are whats holding everything on my walls. Jack is almost 16 and i still have most of his art work exactly were i pinned it when he brought it home. Well thanks for sharing such a wonderful post gotta go!
take care and enjoy your evening ttfn lana 🙂

Therese July 12, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I love your inspiration board all of the old lace and different pictures it’s all so cool, thank you for sharring.

Patty July 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm

So gorgeous! I have all the things I don’t dare use! …and a favorite picture of my boys in my old backyard in their bathing suits! Summer is exhausting! : )

cat kerr July 12, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Oh Cindy this is soooo beautiful..I just love the tutorial too!!We actually have a “Family”Inspiration board in the Den.You see,since we moved into this last house,one could see the back of the kitchen cabinets from the den and since that day I just knew we had to do something about the ugly back of the cabinets.After reading “The Secret” in which the author talked about having a Dream Board,I thought what a lovely idea..and so we put cork board on the back of the cabinets,added the kids artwork,Moms favorites quotes,Dads wish list,and tons and tons of goodies.It measures approx.4ft x 8ft..its huge and I am thankful for it.Funny though..I do not have one of my own and I am now inspired to make one.
I now have to add that tears came to my eyes to see that you would add my little pendant to your lovely board.Thank you so much friend.Big Hugs,Cat

Jeanette July 12, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Cindy, the Inspiration Board is lovely…you have inspired me to create one! I can’t wait to see the rest of your studio!

Judy July 12, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Such a beautiful collection and I love how you display them. I really need to organize my collection of clutter and you have inspired me to do just that. Enjoy the beach Cindy!

Renate July 13, 2011 at 12:41 am

Such a lovely Inspiration Board – I have been wanting to make one – so far I have little groups of things here and there…
Have a great time at the beach!

Cindy July 13, 2011 at 1:37 am

Thank you for stopping by & I enjoyed your comments! A special thank you to Kerry who shared a link so that we could see her cool, modern-style inspiration board! Anyone else have pictures of their inspiration board?

esther July 13, 2011 at 2:59 am

OMG Cindy!! what an honor to be on your inspiration board! it’s a great idea , i have some inspirational gifts or founds on my studio’s wall but not on a frame,maybe one day..thank you!

~*Amber Dawn*~ July 13, 2011 at 4:05 am

Your board is inspiring me!

The boys on the beach, so cute!!!

Thank you for sharing your special cache of inspiration!!!

Stefanie July 13, 2011 at 5:55 am

Fantastic and inspiring. Thank you!

sharon July 13, 2011 at 7:23 am

It’s gorgeous Cindy! You have inspired us all! Thanks so much for making me look so good!

Alice July 13, 2011 at 10:47 am

What a great idea! I might have to make one myself. Goodness knows I could use some inspiration now and again. I love all the special items you attached to your board. They make the board so much more personal.

Have a wonderful week!

Laura Twiford July 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Good to hear from you Cindy, hope you are enjoying vacation so far! I love the inspiration board, i don’t have one, will need to remedy that , especially after seeing yours!

sandi m July 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Great tutorial – love what you did to your board. Linen is one of my favorite fabrics. I like the added touch of lace and doilly, too.
Must check out my zillion frames (well, not really) and do some repurposing.
Glad to see you back

Maya @ Completely Coastal July 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm

What a gorgeous mood board!! I had one once…, set up as self standing boards attached to each other. I am not even sure what happened to it. I go through phases and throw things away (a lot). I’m glad you discovered my blog…., enjoy your time at the beach!!!!!

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