I'm sure we've all been through it, certainly I have. You sit down with every intention of creating some new cards or projects from a new Stamp Set or two you've purchased and you end up staring at it for hours; or going on Pinterest and trying to re-create something but it's just not working for you. For some reason - it's an uncreative day and you just can't seem to find your mojo! Happens to the best of us.
Here's a few ways that have helped me find my mojo:
1. Step Away:
Sometimes I make a card and thinks it's so ugly...or it's missing something and I just can't figure it out. In those moments I know I just need to step away. Leave your craft area and go have a cup of coffee or tea, or make a phone call to a friend. Just step away for 10-20 minutes. You might be surprised when you come back to look at your done or partially done project you'll see it in a new and refreshed way. You might even like what you've done.
2. Look outside the box
It's easy for us crafters to rely on Pinterest, other websites or magazines for inspiration. But if that's not doing it for you...look somewhere unexpected! Keep your creative eyes open when shopping - maybe you see a napkin with a cool design on it, buy it and use it as inspiration. I like to look through old catalogs, I have kept every Stampin' Up! catalog since 2002 and I often browse through those for inspiration. The sets may have retired but the card samples and designs can easily be recreated with newer trendier stamp sets. I've walked through Home Sense and seen mugs with designs on it and thought...hmmm...that would look great on a card. I've even seen paintings with colors that I think that would be awesome on a card. Keep your eyes open and on the lookout wherever you go - there's inspiration all around us...we just need to look.
3. Sign up for a Class
I have to confess, as a Demonstrator I need to do this more often. It truly works! You'd be surprised how inspiring it can be to create with others. Even if it's an "easy" class for you. To sit down and make something that someone else designed and prepped for you is relaxing and inspiring. I often go home with new ideas just from being in a group of creative people and talking.
4. Play Date Anyone?
Make a playdate with some of your creative buddies. I do this often and it's a great way to spark creative juices. You may be having a uncreative moment but your friends aren't and together you can find things that inspire you to create. One of my friends may see something and want to figure out how to re-create it...be it a home decor project, 3D paper project or something else and we spend time figuring it out together. One of my playdates we made these wreaths and it was a lot of fun! This has always been good to get my mojo going. Try it!
5. Field Trip!
When all else fails it's time for a Field Trip! There have been times on our "playdates" that we look at each and say.... "Field Trip!". So off we go to the art store, or a scrapbook store or wherever the wind blows us and browse (some of us shop!) A bite of lunch and we head back home ready to keep going and inspired by all the stuff we saw (bought) ;-)
6. Get Away!
Similar to "Stepping Away" this is actually getting away! Join a craft retreat weekend or even Scrapbooking Day somewhere. Literally get away where you can focus on you, get some rest, not have to make meals and just get to spend time on you and what you love to do. Plus spending time with other creative people inspires creativity. Shameless plug here: If you live in the Lower Mainland of BC you can join us in Chilliwack BC this Spring March 24-28 for a Creative Crafting Weekend! Check out my Retreats Page for more information.
So there you have it. Six simple ways to help you find your mojo again. If you need a little inspiring here are a few Events that you can join to help!
Once a month I meet with my Customers at my Stamp n Chat Event where we get together chat all things crafty, learn from each other's creative juices and make projects. It's a FREE event for my customers to help keep your creativity flowing. Check out my Events Page for my next Event and for upcoming Classes.
And that's it. I'm sure there are many others ways to get ourselves out of a creative funk, and different things work on different days. I hope this has given you some ideas on getting out of your funk and getting those creative juices flowing again!
Until next time....wishing you a wildly creative day!