Friday, May 16, 2008

Creative Block Survival Guide-DAY 5 and 6

Hi! Thought I would wrap up the Creative Block Survival Guide tonight. Thanks so much to all of you who have been leaving sweet comments and participating! So glad to hear that this is working for you! :)
The next category is SCRAPS: Here are the challenges...
1. Put those ribbon scraps to good use. Create a frame around an enlarged photo. I shared this technique awhile ago on my blog. Here is the end result again. Love putting all those tiny ribbon pieces to use!
2. After completing a lyout/project, use the materials that are leftover to create a card... Here is the two page spread I did...I did an interview with my son about his rock band...(by the way, those are tons of extra rub-on letters for each letter in ROCK...a great way to use up your extras!)
Here is the card...used the leftover stars...also duplicated the theme as well...
3. Use leftover scraps to create a mosaic-like background on a layout...
The next category is REFRESH. These challenges are what I call "quick inspiration fixes". I will show an example where I can, but some of them (the quotes) are simply just to read as a reminder why you do this hobby when you are burnt out. :)

1. Just walk away! Go take a walk and return to your project with a fresh perspective. I use this one a lot. I love to take a walk in the evenings to wind down and listen to some music. It has never failed in getting me inspired! A bubble bath is also a great way to wind down and get some inspiration flowing.

2. Travel to the nearest scrapbook/art store in search of inspiration. I love looking at other people's art. It is so inspiring. It doesn't have to be a scrapbook store either. For example, I went to the Cincinnati Art Museum yesterday...full of inspiration!

BONUS: Try purchasing a product from an unfamiliar product line. I am really trying to get out of the habit of buying from the same product line all the time. It is fun sometimes to experiment BUT you will never get me not to buy Making Memories , Heidi Swapp, Jenni Bowlin or KI! I'm pretty loyal to them. :)

3. Scrap-lift a layout, card or project from a scrapping buddy. I love scrappin' with my friends b/c they are so talented and it is fun to bounce ideas off them. The internet is also hopping with great inspiration. I am officially a blog hopper and I just love Robyn's work. I lifted this layout from a layout she did on the Hero Arts site. Sorry, can't find the original but here is my take on hers:

And here are the quotes that always gets my creative juices flowing...

4."Perfect just the way you create" -DONNA DOWNEY

5. "Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us." -ROY ADZAK

and that concludes the Creative Block Survival Guide mini-workshop. Thanks for reading and participating. I will be back soon to post winners from the challenges.....


Sara said...

Heather you have the best ideas! LOVE the ribbon scrap LO & the ROCK LO with all the extra letters! Your challenges are so inspiring!! THANKS!