Just lately I’ve been stuck in a bit of a rut.
Well a lot of a rut actually, but you get my drift!
Life has been a bit rough and my creative juices said bye-bye. Scrapbooking has been both the last thing on my mind and also the thing I’ve wanted to do most in order to escape life’s stresses.
Yet, every time I’ve entered my craft room I’ve felt completely uninspired.
Today I decided to think positively. I went in the craft room and found my way out of my scrapbooking rut. I have come up with 10 ways that may help you to do the same:
- Think positively. I walked in to my room with zero expectations. I realized I’d been putting myself under pressure to be creative and that’s never going to produce good work. Even if I’d managed to create a layout I would have undoubtedly hated the result and been even more disheartened than I was to start with.
- Do an unrelated crafty task. I picked up an unused sheet of acetate tags and cut them up. Seeing and handling the tags started little thoughts of what papers and photos it would match etc…
- Look through your photos. I have my photos printed up and store them in photo boxes. Looking at a computer screen to see my photos doesn’t inspire me. Having printed examples lets me match the colours up to papers and embellishments. Sometimes just popping a photo onto a piece of paper is all it takes.
- Go back to a favoured collection or kit. I had a new and untouched kit ready to go, but sometimes that first cut just won’t happen. I went back to my previous kit, “Oh So Lovely” by http://likeforever.co.uk featuring Crate Paper’s ‘Wonder’ collection. The last layouts I made were from this kit and I had enjoyed it. So I decided to revisit the kit to see if I could get going.
- Have a tidy. Now, we all have days where all we do is move things around and reorganize our craft space, without getting any real crafting actually done. This can be counter-productive. But in times of zero inspiration, sometimes going through your stash or clearing an area big enough to actually craft in can help.
- Have a clear out. I have to admit I’m not one who easily parts with their prized stash. But I also should admit to having a lot of stuff. For some of us having huge amounts of stash can be daunting. How about clearing out all those things you eagerly bought as a beginner but in reality, now that you are more aware of what you actually use, will never touch again?
- Scraplifting. Searching the internet on sites like Pinterest can definitely work out to be counter-productive. We can all find hours have gone by while pinning ideas to various boards, without getting those ideas anywhere close to actually being produced. Step away from the internet for a short time. How about looking through an old book or magazine? Better yet, scraplift yourself! Have you created a layout that you instantly loved or have had many people admiring? You can do it again! Sometimes we just need a starting point, you may find that you start out by scraplifting and end up with a different layout altogether. The point is you have made something.
- Tell a story. Is there something on your mind? You don’t need to have a photo to tell a story. Use your art as a kind of therapy. Are you grieving? Maybe make a layout of happy memories. Are you deciding whether to go back to work after having a baby? Make a page of pros and cons. Who says this has to wind up in your scrapbook? Although you may find it an interesting memory in years to come.
- Stop guilt tripping. Scrapbooking is a fun hobby, yes? We are not supposed to be a slave to our crafting. Go outside and take some new photos. Is the season bringing a change of colour? Falling leaves, puffy white clouds, Xmas lights in windows? Has it been a while since you had a new photo of a family member? Combine a visit with a mini photoshoot.
- Blast those tunes! If in doubt, play a CD you know every single word to. Those kinds of songs that you can’t help but sing along to. Let the good vibes flow and see where it takes you. Hopefully it takes you to a new layout! This often works for me.
I hope you manage to find your way through your particular rut and get back to productive and enjoyable scrapbooking.
Love and crafty cuddles,