Sunday, March 05, 2006

Scrapbooker's Block

Just like writer's block, scrapbookers can sometimes feel as though they've hit a creativity wall.

Your pages start to look alike: two pictures, a journaling block, and an embellishment.

You use the same old colours because your pictures are of the same old things.

You sit down and flip through photos and can't muster the want to start a new page layout.

Happens to the best of us.

One of my best tips is to look for creativity in others.

Use your peers!

Why not?

There are so many websites, magazines, books, web logs, and stores that feature unique and beautiful layouts as well as tips and techniques to get you back on your feet again.

You won't be able to tear yourself away.

If you don't feel you have the time to flip through pages or wander through stores (really???), arrange a scrapbooking day with fellow scrappers.

Have your friends look at your pages and see what they think.

There are so many different techniques and mediums out there, you're bound to be able to swap ideas and gain a fresh perspective.

Plus, it's fun!

If all else fails and you have a few minutes but just feel like the creativity isn't flowing, don't waste a second of it.

Surely, you can still do something.

Not everything about scrapbooking has to be creative 100 per cent of the time.

Gather the photos you have and start cropping.

Find papers or quotes to match your photographs.

Do a quick inventory of all your supplies. You may find a tool you had long forgotten or a specific embellishment that would be perfect for an upcoming project.

Whatever you do, don't give in.

Staring at a blank canvas is definitely not going to inspire you, but these tips just might.

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