29 Ways to Stay Creative—Part Five

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29 Ways to Stay Creative—Part Five
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 five.

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Part of an infographic designed by Islam Abudaoud.

 

#22 Don’t Force It

You know the old drill of trying to put a square peg into a round hole—it’s simply not going to work. This happens to me occasionally in my digital world. I start a layout and halfway through I hate it. What’s a gal to do? Well, I’ll tell you what I do. I delete it. Boom!


 

29ways-5-img2#23 Read a Page of the Dictionary

Creative writers apparently do this in times of writers block. Some even do it on a regular basis to keep their creative mind flowing. It cannot hurt to try it, right?

If you don’t feel like it’s helping you stay creative, at the very least it should be helping to build your vocabulary. It’s a win-win!


 

29ways-5-img3#24 Create a Framework

Have you ever used a grayscale template as the base of a scrapbook page? If not, it might be just the thing you need to get back into a creative groove.

Templates help take the mystery out of page design; they get you off to a good start so you can have a strong finish. Give templates a try.


 

29ways-5-img4#25 Stop Trying To Be Someone Else’s Perfect

Look at your “finished” scrapbook page. Right now. Go ahead. Look at it. Do you love it? Ok then. Stop. Call it done. Put it away. Stop picking at it.

Seriously—you are driving me nuts.

Okay. Pep talk over. Carry on.

 



 

#26 Got an Idea? 29ways-5-img6Write It Down

Ideas happen at the oddest times, don’t they? For me, it’s always right as I’m falling asleep. Or, in the middle of the night. Or, in the shower. But, if I don’t make it a point to write the idea down at that very moment, I can be sure it won’t follow me throughout my day. Here’s a quick list of ways I keep my ideas captured. Perhaps you’ve got some, too.

  • Evernote. This app seamlessly syncs on your phone, laptop, tablet, and computer.
  • Carry a notebook in your bag.
  • Send yourself an email or text message—yep, even in the shower!

 

29ways-5-img7#27 Clean Your Workplace

Can you isolate the thing that clutters your mind and sucks your creativity dry? Personally, I have to have a clean desk, and if it’s polished I’m even happier. The rest of the house can be a complete disaster, but my desk has to be clean. A cluttered workspace is a cluttered mind in my opinion.

On a side note, I learned from FlyLady many, many years ago to get up, put your tennis shoes on, and shine the sink. If I do this, I’m ready to seize the day. It works!!


 

29ways-5-img8#28 Have Fun

Have any funny/stoopid photos? If so, don’t let them sit in a pile on your hard drive. Scrap them!

You don’t have to share them in a gallery if you don’t want to. But, they’ll make you laugh for years to come if you get them in an album.


 


 

29ways-5-img9#29 Finish Something

I’m not really the one to be telling you this—I was simply not born to be a finisher. It seems to go against my very core. But, nevertheless, you and I both have to finish things in life (insert frowny face). So, maybe all you non-finishers out there can share with me the secret to your success. Right now, all I’ve got in my back pocket is a reward of some sort.


 

 

 29 Ways to Stay Creative for Digital Scrapbookers
part one | part two | part three | part four | part five

 

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2 Responses

  1. David
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    I look at other people’s work, read how professionals go about their work, have a go at complex tutorials and keep reading books on how to use Photoshop. The tutorials force me to try using Photoshop in a way I may never have thought about and constantly reading books helps me to remember the more obscure things about the software.

    Lastly, I try and remember that there is no such thing as bad art. If I like it then that’s good enough!

  2. Terri
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    Jen: Great advise. I like all of your ideas, but what I like most is your little bits of humor that sneak in. I love to read everything you write because it is so fun to read. I don’t really care what you write about, it is just always fun to read. So, keep writing and writing and writing and I will keep learning and laughing and smiling!

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