Creative Process | Burnett’s Boards on Inspiration Boards

Up next in my Creative Processes series on inspiration boards is the lovely, Sara, of Burnett’s Boards.  I met Sara almost a year ago, and have so enjoyed our friendship.  I hope that we can soon meet in person.  (I’m totally up for a trip to Hawaii.)  If you haven’t yet checked out the Ku’u Lei styled shoot that she collaborated on with Orchestrated styled shoots, it’s certainly something you should do.  I had the lucky opportunity to design the paper goods for the wedding portion.


From Sara:
I’ve always found great joy in creating inspiration boards. They’re like puzzles to me – a pretty slow process, but relaxing and they always have a beautiful outcome.

When starting an inspiration board it almost always comes from one image. A vast majority of the time it’s that single picture that drives the rest of the board, but other times (like with my zodiac series) I have a theme in mind that I’d like to end up with.


That ‘one picture’ can be anything and can be found anywhere, but for me it’s always been Pinterest. I know this is somewhat of a cop out but in my case it’s true.

“Hi, my name is Sara and I’m addicted to Pinterest.”

There is such endless creativity in the wedding industry and I’m constantly inspired by it and a lot of that creativity gets aggregated on Pinterest, so that’s where I usually begin.

After finding that ‘one picture’ (the one that makes you stop your scrolling, click, and sit in awe) there are several things I keep in mind while piecing together the rest of the puzzle:

1. Don’t double up

If I’ve already included a picture of a bride or an invitation suite, place setting, centerpiece etc, I don’t include a second, even if it ‘matches.’ Having two of what is essentially the same will confuse the eye

2. Leave space between images

Weddings are one of the greatest forms of mixed media art out there, and just like art in a gallery, each image needs breathing room to be appreciated for what it is, even while contributing to a greater whole.

3. Try not to mix photography styles

What I’m talking about with this one is the difference between film and digital photography. I try not to mix the two.  A crisp digital image is going to stand out too much next to a softer film one. The viewers’ eyes will focus on that single image instead of the whole inspiration board.

4. Don’t force it

I have a folder on my desktop called ‘half started’ that is overflowing with incomplete inspiration boards. If you can’t find the perfect image for that last blank spot, set it aside and don’t force something in there that doesn’t belong. Maybe the right image doesn’t exist yet.

black-and-whiteThank you, Sara, for a spot-on run down of inspiration board basics.  Read more about Sara’s process here.  For more tips, check out tips from Jessica and myself.

A full list of image credits can be found for each board:  Gold & Patina  |  Pastel & Blush  |  Black & White



  1. Sara Mar 13, 2014

    Such an honor to be a part of this amazing series! Thank you! xx

    • nikkol Mar 19, 2014

      Thrilled to have you, Sara! Thanks for being awesome :)

  2. Jessica (Coco/Mingo) Mar 14, 2014

    Sara is definitely beyond amazing at wedding inspiration boards! Really great + informative tips – Inspiration boards are so important for weddings, especially – it keeps the creative process so much more streamlined (of what naturally becomes crazy wedding planning!!) All these boards are so pretty and romantic – I’d choose any one of those weddings! Great series, Nikkol!


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