There are days when scrapping just seems to work – I’m firing on all cylinders, ideas are coming thick and fast, the pages are almost effortless, and I’m excited and pleased with what I’m producing. Then there are the other days – the days when I just can’t seem to get going. I do something, it doesn’t look right, I try something else, still not happy, maybe I shouldn’t have changed it…. I end up frustrated and feeling like I haven’t achieved anything. I’ve lost my scrapping mojo.
Sometimes it’s better to just forget about scrapping on those days – step away from the computer, get some fresh air, and go do something else I enjoy. But here’s the thing: most of us don’t have unlimited scrapping time. We have busy lives, families to care for, jobs to do, friends to catch up with. Scrapping time has to be squeezed in around many other important things in our lives, so when we do have time, we want to make the most of it, don’t we? Those precious hours when we have time to scrap (and sometimes peace and quiet too!) are too few and far between to waste, even if the creative juices aren’t exactly flowing.
So what can we do to help the creativity along a bit? What will give us a little kick along in the scrapping mojo department when we most need it? Here are some things that help me – perhaps they’ll be useful to you as well.
If I feel like I’ve reached a dead-end with a certain page, sometimes all I need is to close that one and move on to a new page. Pull up some different photos, grab a new blueprint and forge ahead. Often, once I’ve done another page, I’ll be able to come back to the one that was giving me grief and see it with fresh eyes.
Speaking of blueprints, what a fabulous resource they are for getting creativity flowing again! Have a quick scroll through your blueprints folder and see if the sparks don’t start flying! If you’ve printed off your blueprint checklists, you’ll be able to quickly flip through a whole bunch. I almost always see one and think – ‘that will be perfect!’ Have you explored the p2P Blueprint Galleries? I get so many ideas from seeing what other people have done with these fabulous offerings. Whether it’s a blueprint I haven’t tried before, a colour combination I would never have come up with myself, a paper or an embellishment that grabs my eye, I come away inspired and ready to create.
My next suggestion is to jump over to the Challenges tab. p2P has produced over 200 challenges – there’s sure to be one in there you haven’t tried, or that you’d forgotten about. It’s so much fun revisiting old challenges, and once again, the Challenges Galleries are a brilliant resource for inspiration. Have you seen those pictures of cute kittens or piglets that say, ‘If this doesn’t make you smile, call a doctor! You might not have a pulse’? Well if the p2P galleries don’t inspire your creative streak you might be in need of medical attention!
What about watching one of our Video Tidbits or Start2Finish video offerings? Every time I watch one I come away bubbling with ideas. It’s like having a scrapping buddy sitting right beside me, sharing the know-how and setting off those lightbulb moments. I might find the perfect solution to the page that wasn’t gelling before – a great idea for a title, a new way of using a filter or a surface, a technique to help my embellishments pop, or a way to pull a whole lot of disparate elements into a cohesive page.
Sometimes what we need to spur us on is the feeling that we’re not alone. Another fantastic thing about p2P is that we’re a world-wide community! No matter what the hour, someone, somewhere in our p2P family will be awake and scrapping along with you. Our Facebook page is where we all hang out and stay connected with each other. Hop over there and be inspired by what others are posting. It’s incredible what a diverse community we are, and I love the way we get to share one another’s joys and struggles through our pages. If it’s a cold and dreary day where I am, chances are someone will post a lovely sunny page to brighten my perspective. And how many of us have travelled vicariously along with our fellow scrappers to places we’ll never see in person? My travel pages (and sometimes even which places I visit!) are so often inspired by someone else’s posts.
There’s nothing like getting together with some friends to get us motivated and blow away the cobwebs. Next weekend our Facebook page will be buzzing as we celebrate our 4th birthday with a Birthday Bash Crop! There’ll be lots of inspiration, some challenges, badges to earn and some fun birthday gifts for everyone. There might even be cake 😉 So put it in your diary and join in with us as we celebrate!