Do you have a creative switch?
My schedule has changed a bit recently and my crafting hours have become unpredictable. When I do have time, it’s taking me longer to shift from “get stuff done” mode into “just have fun and create” mode. I sure wish I had an easy button to push that would take me into that creative zone immediately.
Instead, I do what I can to make it easier. I’ve always been a process driven scrapbooker. When I do have time to devote to my scrapbooking, I’m finding I spend that time in one of two ways: the non-creative step of organizing and gathering for kits or the creative step when I pull a kit and actually create a layout. I thought I would share it how splitting up the process is working for me.
The non-creative step – putting a kit together
For the most part, my layouts start with the photos. Unless I’m creating for assignment, challenge or playing with new products, the photos come first. When I get a new stack of photos printed, I divide them up by the layouts I think I will create with them. (Quick side tip: printing photos is a big time saver for me. I am much more productive when I have a stack of photos to work with rather than going to the computer and printing a few photos at a time)
After they are divided up, I take one set of photos and think about what I want to do with them. One page layout? Two page layout? Do these photos make me think of any particular paper lines? Is it going to be a themed layout? Do I have any ideas for what my journaling might be? Do I have an idea for my title? I don’t literally answer these questions, but I just start thinking about what I want to do.
The next two steps could be interchangeable. Sometimes I sketch first, sometimes I’ll pick products first. It really doesn’t matter.
While I always have ideas swirling around in my head, my left brain needs to “see” something to trigger them, so I usually turn to Pinterest. I will look through sketches, starting points, layouts, galleries or magazines to get some ideas. Then, I will create a preliminary sketch. Not because I will follow it exactly, but because it may be weeks before I actually work on this layout. If I don’t sketch it, I’ll never remember that great idea I wanted to try. When I start working on the layout, it may go in a different direction, but at least I have a place to start.
Next, I’ll find products. Sometimes I have something in mind and I’ll go through older collections, sometimes I’ll go straight to my new stuff. I also look through 6×6 pads and my stash of scraps. I try to pull some embellishments too. Because my most of my supplies are down a hall away from my crafting space, I gather as much as I can during this phase so that when I actually create a layout, I’m not running around trying to find something.
At this point, I stop. I put everything for one layout in a page protector and put it in my space. I move on to the next set of photos.
I know, it’s not particularly spontaneous. Sometimes I really do wish there was an easy button and I could turn on the creative at a moment’s notice. But since that’s rare for me, I’ll just keep coming up with strategies that I can employ when I need them.
Next time, I’ll show this layout from start to finish.
Do you have a creative switch you can just turn on when you need to?
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