Swipe Files Feed Your Creative Side

One of the major benefits, to micro-blogging, is the ability to learn. On some mornings, however, I can get so involved, that I can easily be toggling between 30 different tabs. I never really know what direction I’ll be spinning in.. or what topic may come my way.

It is my morning class, to log onto FriendFeed. Thanks, Feeder’s. I crave what you share.

I had no idea that I have Swipe Files. I mean I didn’t know what I had, had a name.

I call them journals.. notebooks.. inspiration files.. private rooms.. blogs.. or just brain dumping grounds.. More formally, digitally, I call them CarolinaDreamz, Flickr, FriendFeed Private Rooms, Collected, Multiply, Wists, and Delicious… and tags rank right up there with bacon, in life importance.

The Abundance Blog at Marelisa Online is a classic example of the type of blogs that inspire me. If you want to see the Journals of my Dreamz, spend some time at Be Alive, Believe, Be You.

When I want to feel more Shabbily Pretty, I go hang out at My Romantic Home or Make Mine Pink. My Vintage Dreamz walk me through Flea Market Studio or Notes from a Cottage Industry.

When I need to slow down and remember how simple my life can be, I turn to Down to Earth. On Flickr, I search Altered Art, Journals, Shabby, Aprons, Vintage, Pink, or Ephemera. All of the wonderful treasures, that I find, go into my Swipe Files.

My own non-digital Swipe Files started with inspiration from Sarah Ban Breathnach’s Illustrated Discovery Journal, from Simple Abundance. I have this gorgeous vintage suitcase, where I collect inspiration… In it you will find magazine cut-outs, poems, song lyrics, movie quotes, pictures, greeting cards, post cards, vintage ephemera, charms, buttons, lace, handkerchiefs, book marks, and so much more.. in a big jumbled mess of love.

My mess, disguised in a gorgeous suitcase, from yesteryear. My digital files started as “shabby inspiration” crafting and sewing ideas. If I see a photo, of something, even unrelated to anything I’d want to make.. it may have a button I adore.. or a bell placed in a fun place.. These are simple little tokens that set my creative sails soaring. Its a joy to mix my business life with my personal life, in many of the above topics. We all need to find those things, in our lives, that inspire us or just bring us peace. What inspires you? Where can I go, online, to learn more about you?