How I Create an Inspiration Board from Disney

Something I've been drawn to since I was a child is theming. I hand wrote dictionaries of Harry Potter words before wikis. I created Halloweenteen newsletters using characters and colors from the popular Disney Channel movie. A cohesive theme with the right colors, patterns and imagery makes my heart sing. One of my favorite parts about Disney are the worlds they create with such attention to detail. While this is seen in many Disney movies, it's also found when visiting Disney Parks around the world. The Imagineers do an amazing job theming each land, from the ride queues to the trash cans, to fully immerse you into the experience. When you enter Adventureland, you feel like you have jumped aboard a jungle cruise ship and escaped to a far away exotic land.

How to Create Inspiration Board from Disneyland

It's so easy to draw inspiration from the themed lands and rides of Disneyland to decorate your home or next party. I thought it would be fun to show you how I draw inspiration from Disney for my designs by giving you a peak behind-the-scenes of my design process.

I start by paying attention to the small details of an area in Disneyland, and take a LOT of pictures. When drawing inspiration from a Disney movie, I spend time re-watching the movie, taking notes and frequently pausing to find quotes or specific design elements that I can pick out (for example: the colorful stacked tea cups from Alice in Wonderland). I will either sketch out an image from the movie, or find a screenshot online of that particular element. I also like to play the soundtrack from that particular movie while designing, because who needs an excuse to listen to Disney music??

Photos from Disney in Lightroom

From there, I gather the key imagery onto an inspiration board, editing photos for a cohesive look. I use the inspiration board to pull colors, match cohesive fonts and create unique design elements. This board acts as a style guide for everything I design in the collection, from the invitation to the coordinating art prints and paper goods (more on that in a later post).

While I love to create designs inspired by Disney, that's where it stops. My goal is create unique designs that are a modern take on the classics. Disney does such a great job creating their own products. I love creating something different that you can't find anywhere else!

I hope that by sharing my inspiration boards, it will spur ideas for your next project or party. Check back every Wednesday for a new inspiration board from a different adventure or fairy tale.  Next week: the completed Grizzly Peak inspiration board!

Get ready for World of Color Wednesday! For those of you unfamiliar, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color was a broadcast television series that showcased the new technology of color television. Today, Disney California Adventure plays tribute to that part of Disney history with a spectacular nighttime entertainment show featuring jets of water, lights, lasers and of course music. My own way to pay tribute to the show is by creating a color board every week, inspired by a different land from Disney Parks or character from Disney films. Join me every Wednesday in celebrating the Wonderful World of Color!