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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria

Recently, Beadphoria received an order for 28 bracelets due in 2 weeks. The catch? They all need to be custom and different.

Beadphoria loves a challenge, but being creative on demand can be difficult. Where to turn when the muse has seemed to stop whispering in your ear? Here are a few sources Beadphoria goes to.

Inspiration Journals –having a place to keep your ideas in when they come to you is helpful during dry times. You can use inexpensive wire bound notebook or sketch book. Sketch out color combinations, partial patterns, or finished pieces. Dating your ideas is a fun way to see how you have progressed.

Catalogs-The mailbox is almost stuffed with catalogs these days. If something catches your eye, even if it is just a color palette, cut it out and slip it into your inspiration journal.

Bead Stew- I have a bowl on my workbench that after my bead board gets too cluttered, everything gets dumped into it. Eventually, the beads go where they belong, but before then, the beads seem to sometimes magically mix together. Many deigns have been sparked from my “bead stew”.

Web sites – May websites now have beading inspiration at just a few clicks away. Some favorites are Fusion Beads, e-patterns central, and of course the Beadphoria Website.

Where do you turn to for inspiration?

If you have any questions about beading, or Beading Inspiration, please feel free to contact me at 224-305-3321 or Suzann@Beadphoria.com. Always happy to share the joy of beading with you, Suzann Sladcik Wilson of Beadphoria.com.