Monday, July 5, 2010

Scrapbooking Sundays: Inspiration

Some people wonder how to get inspired, especially if you get stuck in a rut or just have no creative mojo going on.

Here are some things you can do:
Get a hold of some scrapbooking magazines and page through them. Look at some of the elements that attract you most - is the journaling, the new techniques, the embellishments, pattern papers, etc. If something tends to stick out for you, start your next page with that. If the journaling is what attracts you most right now, sit down at your computer or with your notebook and do some writing. If the pattern papers attract you, get thee to the nearest craft store and find some of the newest, trendiest papers.

Sign up for a class, online or in your local store. Having assignments to do will give you a new reason to scrapbook.

Take your camera and experiment with your photography skills. Go outside just before sunset. Take photos during your daily walk around the neighborhood. Plan a family outing where you'll be able to take lots of good photos.

Go blog window shopping. There are tons of bloggers who scrapbook (like me!) as a hobby and professionally, so go look at what they are doing lately.

Make a promise to yourself. Decide that you are going to learn some new things regarding scrapbooking each month. July could be the your month to learn about using eyelets on your pages. August could be your month to learn about layering embellishments. Start small if you have to.

Go Art-hunting. Visit an art museum, a quilt show, an antique shop, or even a neighborhood filled with awesome architecture. Chances are you will find something to inspire you in any of these places.

Look through your photos and find new connections. The snacks your daughter likes to eat now & the snacks you loved to eat when you were a kid. What your kids are doing during their summer holidays & what you used to do. Your friendships and how they have grown and changed over the years. Your favorite things then and now. What you do with your free time now & what you used to do with your free time BEFORE kids. Place these photos in a new folder called "Connections" and go back to it every time you need a little inspiration kick.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like your last paragraph. t is inspiring to even those of us who don't scrapbook (yet) but who may someday. Because I can visualize how these connections will make good pages.