Recently I took a series of pictures of leaves because I loved the natural placement of these skinny ones on the ground. Their movement was so beautiful. I spent the rest of my hike thinking about how I could use these simple leaves in a design—tossed, overlapping, with other elements . . .
However, when I got home I was struck by the wonderful color palette that I captured in this photo! There aren't too many colors to be overwhelming and just enough really great ones to pull out and use for a palette.
Here's an idea: flip through your old photos for a little color palette inspiration. You may find another reason to love the images you took long ago.