We all experience lulls in creativity. And believe it or not, even I need a little inspiration with my card making and paper crafting. Here are some quick tips if you’re feeling overwhelmed or lacking inspiration or need a little push to get started.
Pick and choose from these seven tips — use one, use two or use as many tips that peak your interest to help you find your mojo.
Tip#1 – Look for inspiration in your Stampin’ Up! catalog. It is filled hundreds of pages with card ideas, home décor items, packaging and gift-giving ideas. Start with a simple design and adapt it using the supplies that you have on-hand.
Tip#2 – Select your favorite Stampin’ Up colors. Tired of those colors, then look more closely in your Stampin! Up! catalog. The annual catalog has fifteen designer series paper packs with exciting color combinations plus the In-Colors showcase the latest color trends. The holiday catalog has seven more designer series paper filled with the latest fun and trendy seasonal color combinations. Still not convinced – try combining several neutral colors or try creating a monochromatic look
Tip#3 – CASE a favorite designer and then add your own twist. What designers, sketches or ideas inspire you most often? What techniques do you most enjoy? What design decisions come naturally to you – clean and simple? collages? mixed-media? When CASE-ing, try experiment by adding or subtracting design elements until you find your own pleasing design combination.
Tip#4 – Look for inspiration elsewhere – Look closely at your favorite magazine, throw pillow, bedspread or new outfit and allow those colors and shapes to inspire you! What colors did the designers select? Where did they place the focal point? How did they fill the design and use proportions? What design elements and techniques did they use? Train your eye to see the designer’s design decisions.
Tip#5 – Attend a stamp camp or view online technique videos to expand your skills. There are many talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrators willing to share their talents through amazing classes, wonderful Tube videos and exciting Facebook Live events. I think it is easier to learn a new skill with witnessing a live demonstration and having the ability to ask questions than to read instructions.
Tip#6 – Do something adventurous or out of the ordinary. Grab that stamp set or tool that you rarely use. Participate in a design challenge. If you like clean and simple, try a more elaborate design. If you like elaborate designs, try something clean and simple. Many websites and blogs release design sketches and design challenges to help inspire you and unleash your creativity!
Tip#7 – And finally, use quality products, tools and adhesives. Quality doesn’t mean expensive. Different papers have different finishes and weights. Different inks have different properties. You’ll be happier using papers and inks that are designed to work together — because they will provide a more polished look. Using the right tools and the right adhesive makes a huge difference in the final appearance, too. For example, using a bone folder will provide clean, crisp fold lines. Having two pairs of scissors – one for cutting paper, one for cutting ribbon will ensure you have nice finish edges. Having several different adhesive options will help you make the right choice for a more polished design that holds up to handling.
Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!