If you have a creative project in mind that needs fleshing out, an inspiration board can be the perfect way to get your wheels turning and your juices flowing. It can also help you get unstuck if you’re in the middle of something and don’t know where to go next. Plus, as you work on your project, you’ll be able to refer to it to keep the original feel of the project in mind. Here’s how to create a stunning one using the BeFunky Collage Maker.

Find images with the right sensibility.

Use sites like Pinterest, Pixabay, or even Facebook to collect what you need. You might want to give this step some time to percolate. Mull it over. Collect images as you go about your daily internet life. See the right things and be inspired rather than forcing it.

Think outside the box. You don’t have to use solely photographs for your board. Try paintings, quotes, and colors. Also think in terms of texture. Does this project feel like crinkled old paper with edges burnt by flame? What does it smell like? Oranges?

While the BeFunky Photo Editor unfortunately doesn’t come with a scratch and sniff option, you can always try adding an image to conjure the scent in your mind. (You can also always use handy textures like Paper and Scratches in the Photo Editor to give you that perfect vintage feel, wink wink).

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You should also pull your images together into one folder on your desktop—it makes them super easy to find.

Open the BeFunky Collage Maker.

Upload your photos, and, based on how many you have, choose a template.

If you have one photo you’d like to feature, the Big Photo Wrap options make great inspiration boards. I used the choice with the most images, so that I could fill up the page with as many ideas as possible. (Plus it looks prettier that way.)

Arrange your photos however you like. You can also add in a bit more flair by adjusting your border size, color, pretty patterns; heck, if you’re feeling spicy enough you can add in some amazing graphics, too. Once you’ve glammed your board up,  save your collage to your computer.

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Print your inspiration board and hang it up.

I cut the border off of mine with an X-Acto knife and a ruler and glued it to cardstock to give it some heft before hanging it up, but there’s no wrong way to do it. Tack it to your bulletin board, or simply hang it on the wall in your creative workspace as is. Of course, most of the joy and inspiration is in the process rather than the final product, right?

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Happy creating!

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