Field Trip Friday #2: Shopping ’til we drop—without dropping cash

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Welcome all! I’m glad you’re joining me today for another Friday field trip.


This week’s destination is a bit out of the ordinary, but it’s one of my favorites!


We’re going shopping for inspiration…


… and we’re headed to places like Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Dollar Tree, Home Goods, Pier One, Pottery Barn—anywhere there is color!


We won’t spend a penny.


First stop is the gift bags aisle with the scrapbook paper section not far behind.


Like a color combo? Snap a picture!


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Next are the pillows and fancy gift boxes.


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And then… the office supplies section.


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I can’t wait for just the right time to use these!


Having fun yet? Confused yet?


Sometimes wherever you are is where you’ll find the best color inspiration for a party, wedding, or bridal shower … or living room, bedroom or kitchen! You just have to think outside of the box.


Sometimes wherever I am is where I find the best inspiration for blog graphics!


Recognize any of these backgrounds from the top collage?




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Hint: This one started out yellow, grey and white.


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Don’t forget that furniture might inspire, too. This picture is of a little cabinet from Hobby Lobby—plus the addition of “questions, comments, and concerns”.



I use this on my Contact Me page. Click to see it in action!


Of course, there’s always the written word to inspire…



Click to read the post.


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Surely I’m not alone. Who else out there gets design inspiration without spending a penny?

Do any of you bloggers use my tricks? Leave a comment and leave a link to one of your graphics! We’ll all hop over for a visit.  🙂


For more field trip inspiration, click HERE.



  1. What a great idea to get inspiration from wherever there is color! Love this.

  2. You had me at Hobby Lobby. 🙂

    Thanks for the inspiration today!


  3. Definitely! I always get inspiration at Hobby Lobby, but I confess I probably leave just a teensy bit of my money there, too.