5 Easy Ways To Stretch Your Creative Process

We all get into creative ruts from time to time. When you work your own process and get comfortable, it’s easy to do the same things over and over. And that’s when every page we create starts to look the same.

Do you need to rivive your process? Give one of these easy ideas a try.

1. Change your approach to creating a page

We all have our own process for starting a page and for many of us, it’s to start with the photos. Instead, challenge yourself to come up with a story to scrapbook and then look for the photos. Or start the creative process with a new paper line or fun embellishment and then find photos that will compliment the products. It may feel awkward at first, but experimenting with different ways to approach your creative process can give you a new perspective.

2. Use a color or color combination that you rarely use

It’s very easy to gravitate to colors that we are comfortable with and colors that also work with our photos. But when you step out of the comfort zone, it forces you to think creatively to make things work.  Can you take a color you don’t use very often and combine it with one you do to get a pleasing result? Or visit design-seeds.com and find a color combination that appeals to you but in shades you don’t tend to use. You may discover that you’ll start reaching for that color more often once you’ve given it a chance.

3. Find the oldest products in your stash and use them in a fresh way

We all have older products in our stash. What can you do to older products to give them a fresh look? Can you add a layer of Picket Fence distress stain or vellum to that bright paper to tone it down? If it’s too hard to use a brightly colored pattern paper in a large sheet, punch some shapes out of it and use it in smaller doses. If you have a great pattern paper with a white background that’s hard to use, distress the background with Old Paper, Antique Linen or Pumice Stone distress inks. Have some old chipboard letters in an ugly color? Lightly sand the letters and paint them a fun color to match your layout.

4. Learn a new technique

Tim Holtz is the master of unique techniques. I’ll be the first to say that I have a hard time creating things in his style, but I really enjoy learning from him. Take a look at his new feature, 12 Tags of 2012. In the March tag, he shares an awesome technique for mosaic butterflies. This would be so easy to do, in any style, with any shape. Give it a try and see if it doesn’t inspire you to take the technique in new directions.

5. Take an online class

Online classes are not always in the budget but there are times when a class can be a better purchase than new supplies. Especially some of the longer classes that can help you think through how to do things in a new way. I tend to get into a rut when it comes to seeing beyond the surface, so I’m really excited about Heidi Swapp’s new class at Big Picture Classes, all about observations. Sometimes, just changing your perspective on why you are scrapbooking in the first place can infuse a whole new energy into what you are creating.

What kinds of things do you like to do to stretch yourself?

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Great ideas to get out of that rut!

  2. These are great tips. I’m needing some help these days 🙂

  3. Great tips! I just got some mojo back after being forced to not scrapbook at all while on a business trip for 2 weeks. I was hitting a creative wall anyway when I left, so the time away was helpful.

  4. Really great tips! 🙂

  5. Wonderful ideas, thanks for sharing!

  6. Great ideas! Heidi Swapp’s class sounds great but I’m not sure if I’m going to add anything else to my plate right now!


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