Creativity

Creativity and exercise

Dear Fellow Crafters,

When I say ‘exercise’ do you cringe? Now, I’m not talking about push-ups. I’m talking about everyday, in every way creating something.

Do you have a creative space? Do you listen to music while crafting? Do you work alone? Do you create early in the morning or in the middle of the night?

DO YOU CRAFT EVERYDAY?

     Creating every day does not always entail your putting markers on paper or painting a picture. The habit of creating every day, whatever form it takes can be addictive and believe it or not, you can miss it if you stop.

     My last job before I retired had a 2 hour commute one way. In order to create every day I had to get up at 4 am. Some mornings all I did was die-cut one image. Some mornings I collected all the elements for the card I was making. My finished product sometimes took a week to complete. When I woke up late and didn’t craft I really felt that something was missing!

     If you flip through craft magazines or read a book about painting on the bus or train are you crafting? Yes!

     If you doodle your design on a notepad at work while waiting for a customer or client to get answers to your call or email are you crafting? Yes!

     If you color with your grandchildren or bake a casserole are you crafting? Yes!

     Open your mind to seeing the world with new eyes. If you can’t actually craft until later, help the “inspiration” along by new steps, learning new techniques and practicing new exercise routines.

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie

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Creativity

Creativity deals with criticism

Dear Fellow Crafters,

When you’re just starting out on your crafting journey, criticism of your work can be heart breaking. You’re trying so hard to defeat or deal with your inner demons and someone comes along and “dumps” all over you. Criticism comes from various sources: a well-meaning friend who is trying to protect you by telling you their version of the truth or sometimes it can come from someone who is envious of you. Sometimes the comments are all about someone else’s feelings.

     Two of the great things about blogging in WordPress are, at least for me, “stats: and “comments.” You get to see who has visited your blog and where they’re from and who has commented. I had never blogged before, so I read “everything” I could find about WordPress. I set up my site through trial and error and with some trepidation I wrote my first post. I told myself that I might not please everyone but I might inspire someone to pick up a journal and write.

     Trust your instinct and keep the goal in mind.

     Happy Crafting! Happy Journaling!

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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Creativity sometimes dries up

Dear Fellow Crafters,

There are many reasons why artwork and/or writing blocks occur. You could just be bored with what you’re doing or you could be suffering from a lack of focus. It’s hard to create or write when you don’t have a clear vision of what you’re trying to accomplish Imagine for  moment that you’ve decided to go away for the weekend. You have to know what the weather is going to be like and the activities you’re going to be participating in Before you pack. In a similar way, if you don’t know what your creative vision is, it’s hard to pick up the pen or marker.

In your journal, I would suggest you write about why you want to be creative. Do our have  goal? What would your world look like, if money or time was not an issue? How does your creativity make you feel?  Once you have  goal you become focused again.

Another reason for blocks can be that the process  has become overwhelming. You’re looking at the big picture instead of the steps you need to take to get started. Remember that make believe trip? You had to write down what clothing to bring,what sport equipment, which books to read on the plane, all the things you needed  to do before you left, find someone to water your plant, walk the dog or get get your mail.

The best way to overcome the feeling of “this is all too much”is to bread down the process into steps and take one thing at a time.

One final thought, you can change up your creative time. Organize or clean up your space, flip through magazines, try a different medium, turn on some music, or dance!

In short, jump start the process all over gain.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

 

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Creativity is valued

Dear Fellow Crafters,

How many times do you hear “I’m not good enough! I’m wasting my time.”

Oftentimes when I flip through a rubber stamp magazine and see a card, my creative mind starts thinking “I can do that.” When I get all the materials together and start choosing my papers and die cuts it suddenly hits me “maybe I can’t make this. After all, the crafter used a different rubber stamp and my project won’t come out right.”  And then the “Trust the Process” fairy comes to my rescue.

I have to believe in the process and so do you. I have long believed and taught my students “there’s no mistake in rubber stamping”. There is always something  else you can do. You can stamp over the “mistake”, add a sticker, cut the main image out and finally, in all desperation turn the card over and start again. With each attempt you learn how to overcome obstacles. You learn that accidents can be life-changing. (The ink smudge turned the birthday card for your Aunt into a masterpiece  she displays yearly!). You learn that you are worthy of the time you needed to create your work. Your creative voice is developing.

‘Til next time,

Sallie~

 

Adventures in Card-Making

Creativity

Dear Fellow Crafters,

As many of you know, I write 2 blogs, http://uniquelyyourscraftjournal.wordpress.com  and https://uniquelyyourscards.wordpress.com

While both blog’s themes are different, some of the topics such as motivation, gratitude, artistic endeavors apply to both of them. Last year, on the first of every month, I wrote a post entitled Pursuit of Happiness. According to the stats, (supplied by WordPress), this category was the most read each month.

This year, I will post again on Mondays and Fridays. The first day of each month will feature the topic Creativity. We will discover what creativity is and isn’t and how it affects us. I hope you will continue to follow my blogs As always, you can reach me at uniquelyyourscard@outlook.com and you can now follow me on my Facebook Page- My Collaged Life.

Have a wonderfully creative new year!

~Sallie