Building a MoodBoard in Sampleboard

Mood boards are collages of photographs, textures, colors, and other design aspects that can help set the tone for your project. If you’re a designer, then you know how essential mood boards are. They can help you get inspired for your upcoming project and help you share your thoughts and ideas with others.

In various places at The Crafty Way, I’ve advocated for mood boards as a way to plan a visual foundation for your personal brand before you dig into the bigger (and more expensive) design of logos and websites. I find this helps entrepreneurs find clarity in their visual message, and gives a no-pressure space to share their visual likes and dislikes, becoming more involved and reflected in their personal brand.


For professional designers, high-end software like Photoshop or Illustrator is often used to make mood boards. Those are great, but I have an online alternative that can be great for professionals, and also really user friendly and low tech for beginners. It is called SampleBoard and at the time of this article, it is free to try for 14 days. For building a brand mood board to give direction in your business, that’s plenty of time!

How to Build a Mood Board in Sampleboard

  • Decide on a type of project. Some of the types of mood boards you can create include those for interior design, weddings, fashion, and landscaping. You can use the program to create mood boards for either professional reasons or for your own personal use.For a brand mood board, I like any of the multi-cell grid options, or even a blank board to go freestyle on.

  • Choose your photos. You can upload your own photos to create your mood boards. SampleBoard also has a library that contains more than 30,000 images for you to choose from. You will see here in this screenshot that you can save images to SampleBoard and categorize them in a way that you will remember them and can find and use them later. This is very useful if you plan on trying a couple renditions of your board, or are developing sub-brands inside your brand.

  • Create your mood board. You can create your mood boards from the program’s templates. Arrange your designs until you’re happy with the visual appearance of your collage. I chose Biggie Smalls here for this sample. It has one large image on the left and three small ones on the right side.

  • Share your mood boards. One of the best things about SampleBoard is that you can easily share them! Whether you want to share your mood boards with your clients and colleagues or your friends and family, you can easily do this with just a few clicks of a button!

  • Keep your boards organized. If you create many mood boards, you may lose track of the things you’ve created. Fortunately, SampleBoard gives you the option to organize your boards into folders. This makes it easier than ever before to organized various projects and ideas.
  • Export your board. For a brand mood board, I always advise printing it out and hanging it somewhere near where you work. Maybe you might want to add some glitter, a swatch of fabric or some paint before you consider it finished. There are no rules for inspiration, as long as you use the board as a foundation and not as an official brand guide.

You can also save and export your boards, save projects to come back to later and much more. It’s easy for even a beginner to get into it and everything is very point-and-click, but artsy types and those with more technological experience will also get into it as well.
These are just some of the things you can do with SampleBoard but the more you use it, the more likely you are to see new ways to make it work for you. Whether you’re trying to decide on a wedding theme or you’re an interior decorator who wants to help your clients better visualize new color schemes, you may find that this program makes it easier and faster to create mood boards!

 

Kayla

Kayla

Kayla is Graphic Designer and Brand Manager with years of experience in personal branding. The Crafty Way is her latest endeavor, sharing her knowledge with the solo entrepreneur community.

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Kayla

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Kayla is Graphic Designer and Brand Manager with years of experience in personal branding. The Crafty Way is her latest endeavor, sharing her knowledge with the solo entrepreneur community. Learn More About Kayla