An interesting strategy for creating something is "fill the frame", using it as your primary constraint. Last summer at a garage sale I found this empty small ornate frame, 5x1 inches. I had never seen one with that aspect ratio before, with the width of the frame almost the same size as the opening. I thought this was interesting on a few levels: 1) what was in the frame before? 2) In what orientation was it displayed? 3) There was a nail on the short end that apparently held something in place or was used to hang it in the "portrait" position (what kind of portrait would fill it in that way?).
The current image within the frame is a cropped section of a photograph of me taken in 2001, seeing the world as it was then, framed and re-framed.