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« on: March 06, 2014 01:45:51 AM »

I see so many beautiful things here.but i can't seem
To get any inspiration.anybody has any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2014 07:39:39 PM »

I find that sometimes you just need to dive in if you have a block or are overwhelmed and don't know what to start - that is why I am doing tags now - small size, no pressure, and you can do just about anything with them - then a larger project may come off of that.  Some people may do ATCs or small panels.  I have also found that if I have no definitive plans for a project, that if I just do prep work that can lead to something, and if it doesn't, then I have prepped backgrounds ready for when inspiration strikes.

Also, you know how sometimes you may have lots of ideas but it is not the right time or place to execute them, and you may forget later - I keep some notepads and small journals, sketchbooks handy for writing them down and you can revisit them later when ready to execute the idea.
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2014 02:27:50 AM »

Hey puffer,
What often works for me is to take a trip back to childhood - in order to remember when creating was just fun and the process was just fun. No objective, no critique, no standards, simply playing with materials and seeing where it takes me.
I'll usually pick a material I want to work with and try to see it with the eyes of a child - touching and crumpling paper or fabric, rolling crayons in my hands, squeezing clay or play doh in my hands. I might make a small kid's piece, like gluing pasta on cardboard or just scribbling with crayons. These activities usually bring me back to the joy of creating and get me past a block to where I remember why I do this in the first place: because it's fun and you get to make pretty stuff!
Hope this helps. Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2014 04:08:07 PM »

I guess I'm not very old fashioned, but I love looking at Pinterest. Cards, tags, ATC's, inchies - there's a lot out there to draw from. I'm a very visual person.

Sometimes I'll decide on a color (I love doing white-on-white) or pull out some stamps, embellishments, paper - whatever - and challenge myself to use only the things I've got out. Using premade layouts can be a way to get going too. "Operation Write Home" has a bunch on their site and I know there are more out there. I think they're called sketches? Or you could change your base - instead of a card do an ATC or a postcard, bookmark, etc.

I hope that some of this was helpful!

Leslie
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