A Creative Boost

I’ve been low on creativity.  Actually, I’m at below empty in the creative department.  I’ll go ahead and pass the blame – too long of a winter and a month spent in Georgia has messed with my mind.  Every time I think of an idea, it just kind of floats around in my head and goes no where.

I need a fresh start, a creative kick in the pants.

That’s why I signed up to take a class over at A Beautiful Mess – 52 Weeks of Art Journaling.

You see, I’ve found that creativity runs on a snowball effect.  If I get creative in one area of my life, it spills over to the rest.  Once I get going, the ideas and inspiration keep building until I do something great.  At least, that’s the plan.

Things like this don’t always go according to plan, but I can try.  Besides, my daughter has been bugging me for a year to start scrap-booking.  My thoughts on scrap-booking are “been there, done that” and don’t want to do it again.  But, my daughter’s enthusiasm for the project has held strong.  She’s the only who looks through the old scrap-books I made twelve and thirteen year’s ago.

My daughter wants the paper, ribbons, glue, and glitter, but I’ve decided to go the minimalist way.  She’s not happy with me.  I tried to tell her it’s more bling for her, but she’s wary of boring ways.

So, in the spirit of all things uncomplicated, I used my 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby and bought a kit from Project Life.

A Creative Boost - Scrapbooking Kit from Project Life

All the papers are coordinated and pre-cut. They all remind me of cute project Elsie and Emma do over at A Beautiful Mess.  I love their style!

When I redid my home office, someone left me a comment and said it reminded me of the blog, A Beautiful Mess.  I thought that was the greatest compliment.  I definitely admire their unique designs.

I must admit, I’m pretty excited to use this kit.

A Creative Boost - Scrapbooking Paper

This minimalist method of scrap-booking is completely new to me.  It’s all about the photos.  The paper is used for journaling and small accents throughout.

You can see more of this method by checking out Elsie’s scrapbook.

A Creative Burst - Scrapbook kit

I haven’t printed pictures in forever, years really.  This is good for me.  It’s the creative boost I need.  And, one day, when I’m really old and fall way behind on technology, I’ll be glad I had those Instagram pictures printed and scrap-booked.

I’ll keep you updated.  Maybe I’ll even share my scrapbook here if anyone is interested in seeing my progress.

How are you all doing in the creative department?

Are you drained and empty like me or are you all charged up?

Help inspire us and share your latest creative project in the comments.  Thanks a bunch!

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  1. says

    The cottage is stealing all my creativity from the other projects I used to do. Plus I’m trying to de-clutter and get rid of stuff. I gave away a giant box of ribbon / stamping stuff / paper to my granddaughter — but I still have stuff left. Does your daughter want a care package? :-)
    (Note how often I used the word stuff! I think it’s hard to do minimalist crafting — go for it.)

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