I always thought it would be cool to collect something. I’ve moved over 15 times over the years, so I’ve never had enough space or patience to deal with having a lot of stuff. In fact, every few months I go through our house looking for any clutter or things we’re not using that I can donate to a charity.

If I were to collect something, I would collect journals and sketchbooks, hence the name of my blog: Terri’s Notebook. I have never been without a notebook. My mind is constantly working, so I try to write everything down as ideas, inspiration, and to-dos come up.

Ever since we had to create our own sketchbooks for my Concept Development class last semester, I’m addicted to all sorts of notebooks, journals, sketchbooks, and moleskins. I especially love to make my own and learn new techniques for bookmaking.

I’m happy to report that I actually use the sketchbooks I collect, and have been filling them up with regular drawing practice.

My latest favorite is this colorful sketchbook I bought at Blicks. The cover is a collage of Pantone color chips.

The inside pages are graph paper with blank space at the bottom of each paper.

I also realized that I love eye shadow palettes, so add these to things I collect. I am usually drawn to them for the cool packaging.

But they also have to have a selection of colors I will use.

My husband reminded me that I love lip balms, so I guess I collect those too!

My collections are not very big, and I use all these things regularly, so it’s not so bad after all, is it?! (shush and just nod your head in agreement!)

Color Palettes – Travel Inspired

This second day’s prompt in Brandi‘s color palette blog walk is to create travel-inspired palettes based on a favorite city, dream location, or postcard.

My most recent trip was to my parent’s cottage on Lake Michigan in northern Wisconsin, so I thought that would be good inspiration for today’s color palettes.

monarch in a coneflower garden

colors of the Sentinel Trail in Peninsula State Park

colors of a campfire on the beach at dusk

colors of sunset over Green Bay

The saturation in some these colors from nature was quite hard to match (especially using the color tool in Word, since I haven’t purchased Photoshop yet). I may not have considered putting these combinations together in one of my sewing projects, yet they work so well in nature. What a great experiment to stretch my imagination!

If you come up with your own palette, be sure to share it with other participants on Brandi’s blog. Tomorrow’s theme is inspiration colors in fashion.

Color Palette Blog Walk

Have you seen this cool idea Brandi came up with to get people together for a week of sharing color palettes?

The first day’s prompt is to take a look at a favorite book cover. What colors does it have? Make a color palette from it.

Since I don’t have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements at home (and I couldn’t figure out how to load a photo into, I used Word to try this, so I was happy to learn something new in Word while experimenting with color adjustments.

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

I have always thought these covers in Melissa Marr’s series were beautiful (great books too), so they were great inspiration to come up with various the color combinations. I could have spent half the day tweaking the colors!

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Share with other participants on Brandi’s blog. Upcoming themes include inspiration by travel, fashion, art materials, and your choice for the final day. I’m not sure if I will be able to keep up with every day’s theme, but it’s a fun exercise to play with different color palettes and challenge your imagination.