We've all had those moments where you feel the need to release some creative energy. You know, those moments when you want to do nothing else but sit in your studio and create? But, when you actually sit down to do so, you realize your creative edge is no where to be found. Yeah, those moments.
Recently, I came down with a bad bout of the flu. A high temperature, body aches and dizziness kept me in bed for days. When the fever finally broke, I had the urge to get out of bed and do something. I decided I would make something. I wandered to the studio and sat at my desk. And, there I sat. Then, I sat some more. Suddenly, I realized that although the life inside of me was slowly returning, my creativity was not. I needed something to reignite my creative spark.
So instead, I did something I've never done before. I began scrapping without reason. I didn't have a photo, I didn't have a story. What I did have was a bag full of lovely October Afternoon Sidewalks scraps (leftover from Project Life) and a Pinboard full of sketches. I started cutting and gluing like it was nobody's business.
By the time all was said and done, I had six layouts (four shown below) all ready for photographs, journaling and embellishments. I set them aside to be completed some other day.
That day arrived this past weekend when I was gathering supplies for a crafting night with my friends. I discovered that, aside from Project Life, I really didn't have a lot I wanted to work on. So, I grabbed my pre-created layouts and printed a few photos. At the crop, I added the photos, embellishments and journaling and had four completed pages in a snap! Below are the final products.
HARD AT WORK | I love this photograph of Baxter, napping away on my desk as I spent the day working from home. It's fun to have a furry friend as your sidekick to keep you company as you work away.
To complete the layout I added washi tape, Thickers, a label with journaling and some handstitched buttons. Layout inspired by this sketch.
ALL DRESSED UP | Although the photograph is overexposed, I really like the dreamy look it gives this image of Bugsy, all dolled up in my sister's wedding garter. Who knew garters made such cute collars?
To comlete this layout, I added a row of handstitched buttons, a lable with journaling, Thickers and an additional paper strip. So easy! Layout inspired by this sketch.
FEELING BLUE | Our dog, Shawna, has a very strong bond with Nate (he rescued her when she was three). Since he started working from home, the bond has grown even stronger. Recently, Nate had to spend seven days in Texas for work. Shawna spent those seven days looking like this.
To complete this layout I added machine stitching, handstitched buttons, ribbon and dimensional glitter stickers. Layout inspired by this sketch.
WHAT THE FLUFF? | A few weeks prior to Nate travelling for work, I had to spend three days in Charlotte for work. After I finished presenting one afternoon, I opened my phone to find this photo of Shawna, which Nate had taken. Apparently she slept and hung out like this for quite sometime. A very strange, yet comfy looking position.
To complete this layout, I added machine stitching, mist splatters, handstitched buttons, a chipboard arrow covered in pattern paper, Thickers and washi tape. Layout inspired by this sketch.
WHAT I LEARNED | Although I wasn't in search of any learning experince or lessons, this creative experience taught me a few things:
- Creating blank layouts (with no photos or topic in mind) is a really great way to kickstart my creativity, even when I'm not feeling 100%
- It's a great way to use extra papers in my stash that may otherwise go unused
- When it comes time to glue down some photos and journal, premade pages make the process quick and easy
- I'm certainly going to try this again when I find the need to reignite my creative spark!
What's your secret to reigniting the creative spark?