29 Ways to Stay Creative—Part One
by Jen White
I LOVE to see things that take BIG thoughts and break them down for LITTLE people like me. In this new series of blogposts, I am wanting to share and discuss an infographic I found called 29 Ways to Stay Creative by Islam Abudaoud. Because there is SO much fantastic information packed into one little graphic, I’m planning to split my series into five parts. Here is part one.
#1 Make Lists
How organized are your photos or scrapbooking flow? Do you have a document or spreadsheet to help you keep track of what photos you’ve edited, scrapped, or plan to scrap? Making a list will ease the feeling of being overwhelmed every time you sit down to create. Here are a few ideas:
- List topics you need to create scrapbook pages about.
- List photos that are edited and ready to be scrapped.
- List scrapbooking techniques or lessons you’d like to try.
Here’s a snapshot of my personal list that keeps me moving forward and organized. You can learn more about getting organized in Linda Sattgast’s Get Organized Now! class. (It’s currently not available, but is slated to be updated and released again in a few months.)
#2 Carry a Notebook Everywhere
I don’t personally do this, but I know many people who do. Have you ever been in the grocery store or waiting on a slow train and all of a sudden your brain comes up with a GREAT idea for a group of photos? If you don’t write it down straight away, chances are the great thought will be gone for good. Try this:
- Jot down your idea or draw a picture on a scrap piece of paper.
- No paper? Send yourself an email or text from your phone. (I do this WAY more often than I care to admit!)
- Use down time to make lists (see #1)!
#3 Free Writing
Do you have trouble journaling on your scrapbook pages? The words “free writing” might be just what you need to hear. Here’s a thought:
- Type in the first thing that comes to your mind. Babble if you need to.
- Make bullets of information. Sentences are not even necessary!
- Cover the who, what, where, when, and why of an event.
#4 Get Away from the Computer
I find it kind of funny how I agree with the concept of getting away from the computer. After all, our computers are essential for our craft. But, the truth is, sometimes you just need to walk away. Try this the next time you are feeling frustrated or blank in the head:
- Walk out to the mailbox or around the block.
- Sit beside a big, sunny window and drink something refreshing.
- Read a book or magazine for a short time.
- Take the dogs out for a quick ride around the block. 😀
#5 Quit Beating Yourself Up
What this means to me is: stop comparing myself to someone else. There is always going to be someone more creative than I am—in my eyes. But, creativity is not a competition or race. Here are things to avoid:
- Avoid the negative talk.
- Embrace your individuality.
- Avoid comparison.
How about you? Give tips 1–5 a try and see what a difference they will make in your creative outlook this week.
Author: Jen White | firstname.lastname@example.org
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