Thursday, August 14, 2014

Diary of a Memory Keeper #9: How To Get Your Creative Mojo Back?


For today's vlog (video blog), I'm discussing the crisis of creativity I've had this past spring and summer. Since putting our home up for sale and all the chaos and moving and stuff, I've kind of lost my creative mojo. In fact, I hit a wall and would go as far to say that I am "burned out." In the video I discuss ways I'm trying to get it back. You can watch the video HERE on my Youtube channel or below:



I'd love to hear what you've successfully done to get your creative mojo back after losing it. Leave a comment either here or in my video comments so I can read them.

13 comments:

  1. I started taking classes and learning new techniques. I found Paperclipping Roundtable podcasts (which is how I found you) and got excited about learning more. I have just started my own blog after ten years of wanting to but being intimidated. I feel so energized and creative. I am itching to get in my craft room every day. It's brand new, but you can check out my new site at LesCreatesMore.blogspot.com I hope it inspires you to create. I love your pages.

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    1. Congrats on your new blog. I love that you said you make the layouts for yourself. Good for you!

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  2. I am like you Jennifer, I try to step away from what is stressing me out. I work in the garden, bake something, read a magazine or scroll through Pinterest. I find that is often all I need, and a little break does us all some good. Thanks for your great videos, they also inspire me too!!

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    1. I love that you bake something. I think that would be relaxing.

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  3. I don't really have a problem with being burned out, but I do have a problem with stress. My scrap room is only 10x10 and is packed to the gills. It's not stuff I want to get rid of either, since it's mostly tools (dies, punches, embossing plates/texture fades, stamps, inks, sprays, paints, brushes, pens, empty scrapbooks, page protectors, ribbons, tape, glue, scissors, paper.............) you get the idea. I also have a Silhouette Cameo, Cricut Expression, cartridges galore, Slice, bind-it-all, cinch, etc. My problem is that I'm so overwhelmed that I can't figure out WHERE to start. I get inspired and WANT to scrap whenever I see a page someone has made and it makes me think of a picture I have and how I want to try that technique, BUT when I think of all the STUFF I have to drag out to make something and then put it all back I just lose interest. Is there any help for this? (without getting rid of stuff that I want to keep.)

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    1. I couldn't ever figure that one out either. I just didn't know what to part with.

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  4. Oh boy...hahaha. I stopped scrapping for several years. I did Project Life for two years and that was it. Well what motivated me was uploading layouts to a scrapping gallery. There's nothing better than getting feed back from other scrappers.

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    1. Feedback certainly does help and motivates me. :)

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  5. I don't think I have had complete burn out in the 10 years I have been scrapping but I do go through stages where I don't feel creative and don't like anything I am creating. When that happens I just walk away from whatever it is I am doing whether its a layout or mixed media or otp project, I find if I distance myself from it for a while the mojo comes back and I can see it with a fresh eye. I also try to find inspiration on pinterest and blogs and magazines. Thanks for sharing your Vlog with us, its really inspirational.

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  6. Walking away. Sounds like me. And I've created lots of things I didn't like and then reworked them later.

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  7. Wow, I have never lost my mojo. I think it is because I usually go through large gaps of not scrapping because I don't have time. That is my big issue is finding the time.

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  8. I replied on YouTube, time is my biggest mojo block. Sometimes I sit in my scrap room after dinner and try to scrap, but usually I am just too tired. I leave the house by 6:45am every morning and after work and a few errands I am seldom home until 6:00pm. Then I have to cook dinner. So by the time I see my scrap table I am just worn out. And I sit at the table and just push things around. Or get sucked into the mindless internet. If I am really inspired by a project, I seem to find the energy to scrap, craft or work on a project, it will get done. Plus I like to do lots of different crafts, so working on something different helps too. Plus a deadline helps. If it was not for the last minute, sometimes nothing would get done :)

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  9. After a couple of major knee surgeries, I hit a wall when trying to come back to scrapbooking, but like the poster above me, I was really just too tired. Still recuperating, I couldn't afford to spend the little energy I had *thinking*. It was exhausting! I'm sure it's much the same during a move. My remedy was to slow down, revisit some old designs, use a friend's sketches, stop trying to reinvent the wheel. I pushed through for a few months and gradually began to feel like my old self, both physically and creatively.

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