It happens every couple of nights, where I start thinking about what I want to do next: feverishly planning a project from start to finish in my brain, hoping equally for sleep or the morning to come. When I finally do get up, though, these ideas seem to end up in random places, the notes jotted down in whichever sketch book, calendar, or paper-like object is closest to hand, and I either do them or forget about them.
Clearly, I need a better system of organizing these. People have suggested I use Pinterest, and I do for inspirational things, it isn’t the same as keeping my start-to-finish-totally-mine ideas. My admiration for people with beautifully curated spaces, who make artistic and pretty journals that are totally instagram- and pinterest-worthy, is high, but that isn’t really me. When it comes down to it, I fall on the practical get-er-done side of the scale.
Right now, I’m trying this index card filing system. It is far from perfect, but at the least, it is a singe place where I can write things down and maybe possibly find them again, right? The cons are that, if I do have inspirational things to go with them, there isn’t room to stick them in, too. I am thinking that using a variation of the Getting Things Done system could be really good.
So I’m curious: do you have a functional system? Care to share? I feel like I’m losing my ideas because I don’t have one in place.
I take my middle of the night, fully thought out plan and draft it out in EQ7 (or other software of your choice). Each project gets a name and I’m able to do it in different color ways….etc. Helped me tremendously. I’ve created at least one design a day since November 1st. SO helpful!
I keep “idea” folders on my computer. They contain photos, photos of sketches, EQ7 images, etc. I have files for machine quilting ideas, color ideas, piecing ideas, and a few others. I keep one folder of “ideas” that is great to flip through when I really need a creative boost.
I am surprised you don’t have a physical folder for these, Debby! I was thinking for sure you’d have swatches and whatnot with your notes.