29 Ways to Stay Creative—Part Three
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 three.
#11 Surround Yourself with Creative People
Do you participate in the galleries and forums of your favorite digital scrapbooking site? I consider myself a fairly creative person, but I know for a fact that I’m not the only one. I am inspired every single day by other scrapbookers, but that wouldn’t happen if I didn’t take the time to engage. Here are a few tips:
- Take a couple minutes to browse the new posts of your favorite galleries.
- Subscribe to a forum. You’ll not only gain great ideas, but you’ll also have the chance to give back. Here’s how:
- Go to a forum you enjoy, like Scrapper to Scrapper.
- In the gray menu bar, choose Forum Tools > Subscribe to This Forum.
- Set the Notification Type and click Add Subscription.
- Join in a group of creative people in your community.
#12 Get Feedback
My poor son Carter (age 17). I’m always calling him into my office and saying, “Which one looks better?” or “Does this sound stupid?” He’s actually a pretty good judge. Of course, I don’t always take his advice. Sometimes I just do it to see if he likes the same thing I do—don’t tell him that though! Here are some ways to get feedback:
- We have a Creative Critiques Wanted gallery. Upload your scrapbook page and wait for advice from experienced scrapbookers. Take it or leave it. Your choice.
- Take an online class. Because of the nature of learning, classes are a great way to get feedback as you go.
- Send a screenshot of your scrapbook page to a girlfriend. Better yet, send it to a girlfriend who does not scrapbook. Those are the kind of gals who are always WAY impressed with your effort!
I have to admit this one had me stumped for a minute or two. I’m telling you right now, I don’t like anyone touching my handiwork. But, wait. What about scraplifting, grayscale templates, and quickpages? Those are sorta like collaboration, aren’t they? Think on this:
- Scraplifting. It’s not a bad thing. Most people would consider it an honor. When you are plumb out of ideas, simply find a page you LOVE and try to copy it. Scraplifting is actually an excellent way to refine your Photoshop skills because it takes the pressure of being creative off your shoulders.
- Templates. Need someone else’s basic design ideas to get you started? Start with what they’ve suggested, then add and subtract ideas and layers until it’s your own unique creation. Shop our templates.
- QuickPages. These are an amazing creative tool. Just slip your photos in and you are off and running with not a bead of sweat to show for it. What could be better? Digital Scrapper now reserves all their designer made quickpages as a perk for Premier members. Learn more about Premier.
Tell me what you think. Do you do any of the above suggestions? How do you think they help you?
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