Keeping a Visual/Inspiration Journal

written by


In my writing you may hear me refer quite a bit to my ‘notebooks’.  For many years I have kept notebooks for a range of reasons;  from keeping track of the details of my working day (phone numbers, conversations, ideas etc) to more personal ‘journals’ that are places for me to explore my inner self.
Since moving into more visually creative areas of work such as Planning, Styling and Design, I have also started to keep visual journals.  These journals are places for me to gather images and ideas that inspire and intrigue me.  The concept is not new and artists, writers and designers have long kept such journals.  However as we have become more centred on new technologies like blogs and social media I wonder if more of us are subscribing to feeds than cutting and pasting images with our own comments into notebooks these days and if the art of the visual journal may be lost.
I have quite a large list of blogs I subscribe to and I love spending time reading my favourites, however there are many reasons why I still keep visual journals.  At the heart of my love for this activity is the relationship that you can develop between you and the material you put in there.  Ok that sounds a bit deep doesn’t it?  But think about it; when you glue a picture, or a swatch of material into a book and make a note beside it about how it makes you feel, you have created something that you can not only see, but that you can also feel- both physically and emotionally.  You are also engaging with the material by making a comment about it and this is where creativity can be sparked.  There is also something wonderful about gathering your visual journals and sitting down with them long after the last page has been filled and going back through them.  Examining the images again, questioning how they now make you feel; perhaps seeing something you did not see before.
If the idea of keeping a visual journal is new to you, or if it is something you have stopped doing in favour of collecting images in online folders, perhaps you will also be inspired to start your own.  All you need is a notebook and an enquiring mind!


Our Friends

Aisle Planner Logo
Shop Bride and Bridesmaid Robes at Kennedy Blue!
Give the gift of choice
Thoughtful Gift Baskets from Baskits

David Tutera

Leading Wedding & Entertaining Expert, David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. Tutera has created a name for himself by taking his passion for designing spectacular events and transforming it into a lifestyle.

He continuously exceeds the expected with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining. Tutera’s grandfather, a successful florist, first noticed his grandson’s artistic ability at an early age and encouraged David to pursue his destiny. At age 19, with the sound advice of his grandfather and only one client, David opened his own event planning business.

Today, David Tutera presides over an award winning company built from experience, dedication and Tutera’s natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision. David Tutera has a natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision.

Honored by Life & Style Magazine as “Best Celebrity Wedding Planner,” David’s impressive client list includes Jewel, Star Jones’ wedding, Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong’s wedding, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul’s wedding, NY Giants Antonio Pierce’s wedding, Shannen Doherty’s wedding and events for Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Brandy and Ray J, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Lil’ Kim, the Official Post Grammy Parties in New York City, Elton John, Barbara Walters, the Rolling Stones, Nancy Reagan, Prince Charles, The White House, private events for the Vice President, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Susan Lucci, The John F. Kennedy Center, as well as countless film premieres and celebrity parties for royalty, politicians and socialites.

Tutera has also designed events for several charities including the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. David has made guest appearances on Today, Extra!, Good Morning America, The View, CNN, The Rachael Ray Show, The Talk, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams and many more. In addition People, USA Today, In Touch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Bridal Guide and Town & Country have all featured his work.

Tutera has also made special television appearances in the popular daytime soap, The Young & the Restless and TV Land’s The Exes. David lives in Los Angeles with his husband Joey, daughter Cielo and their rescue dog Lucy.