How to return to your creative zone after a vacation or hiatus:
I've been away from my scrapbooking desk for about 2 weeks, this picture was taken on the plane during my scrapbooking on vacation frolic. I'm back home now and I have some time today to get creative but I'm not warmed up. Instead of spinning my wheels and wasting a lot of time, which I have totally done more than once, I want to get right back in the creativity zone.
Here are 10 links to creativity warm ups - lets see if any get my scrapbooking mojo back in gear:
1. Drawing Warm Up Exercises by Category. I think this exercise could be translated into a nice grid scrapbook page highlighting one category of thing. I just might try that.
2. Left Brain-Right Brain Warm Ups Dance, Draw, Juggle, or Play the Color Game. Hmmm. Ok. I do think sometimes its good to play some peppy music in the scrapbooking room to get things going, nothing too distracting, just something with a fast beat.
3. Find Out What Kind of Creative Type You Are. I took this test but I think I didn't add them up correctly or something because I was the worst kind of creative and I just don't buy that. My results were: 1. C, 2. A, 3. D, 4. A, 5. C, 6. C. So I had had A=2, B=0, C=3, D=1. Then following the math instructions I did A-B = 2; C-B = 3; D-B = 1 for a total of 6. Then I wasn't sure what to do with the uppercase /lowercase thing but I think I was an "acd" or else I did it wrong and I'm a "ACD" so either I'm not at all or totally creative. If anyone "gets" how this test is scored, please clue me in and leave a comment.
4. How To Be Creative. This is a very visually appealing slide share and the maker of this one has several good one to check out. Here are the tips in short: 1. Seek Widely. Seek Deeply. Steal Ideas. 2. Talk to Strangers. 3. Do Not Be Afraid to Fail. 4. Keep Dreaming. 5.
5. Creative Drawing Exercise with Both Hands. There's some trippy music and this video is a bit mesmerizing but the exercise looks like an easy warm up, something that looks like it belongs in an art journal.
6. Simple Scrapper's Reclaiming Your Creative Mojo. I like #5 Play with Your Supplies. I often use this technique and make what I call "half-baked" pages that I come back to later and add the photos and the journaling to, making the base of the scrapbooking pages often gets me going and later makes scrapbooking much faster.
7. Busy vs. Meaningful Scrapbooking. Nettio discusses her desire to give up on the scrapbooking obligations like Project 365 and push her creativity. Good food for thought. But remember, sometimes it is good just to "get busy" just to get the creativity going, but the busy feeling should be one of play not obligation, I think this is what she means.
8. 7 Ways to Beat Scrapper's Block. I like #2 Take a Scrapbooking Challenge. I often use this as a way to get started, I like the challenges over at Two Peas. I miss the sketch challenges at Sketchy Thursdays. If you know of good scrapbook challenge sites, please leave a comment with a link!
9. 3 Things Amy Counts On To Get Her Scrapbooking Mojo Back. Amy says she likes a clean slate workspace. I like this too, but I typcially clean up my space after every session so when I get back to scrapbooking after a hiatus, I have a clean slate. Sometimes, I need to mess it up a bit to get my scrapbooking mojo back.
10. Scrapbooking Inspiration on Pinterest. I've been trolling Pinterest lately for scrapbooking inspiration, for me it has taken the place of scrapbooking magazines and I love that it is as handy as my iphone. I love to randomly pick a scrapbook page on Pinterest and "scraplift" it. It gets things moving in my scrapbooking world.
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