Have you ever sat down with those photos that you really want to scrap, but your Scrapbooking muse just won’t come?
I have to confess that happens to me a lot. And it’s so frustrating when the mood to scrap is there but the inspiration has gone missing. Well here are some ideas to help get that mojo juice flowing again. Give one of them a try when you next find yourself confronted with the dreaded Scrappers’ Block.
10 Top Ways to Rekindle your Scrapbooking Inspiration
1. Go for a walk!
I’m blessed with a great public park at the end of my street and when my mind feels cluttered (pretty much every day) I take myself for a good walk there and let the fresh air blow the cobwebs away. I find it’s good to set a brisk pace and just focus on walking. That helps to relax the mind and get rid of the clutter. Then after about 10 minutes I start to think about the photos I want to scrap and just let my mind present me with pictures of how they might look. I use this technique for thinking about blog articles too.
2. Scraplift from layouts you admire in on-line galleries.
Often just having the picture of what your scrapbook layout might look like will be enough to stimulate your mind to make its own interpretation. Layout galleries in Scrapbooking magazines are good for scraplifting from too. If you publish your layout, don’t forget to credit the original layout with your inspiration.
3. Even better…Scraplift from yourself!
Don’t underestimate your own work. Pick some of your favourite scrapbook layouts and turn them around. Literally. Try turning them on their side or upside down and looking at them from that angle. The new perspective can be just what you need to rekindle the inspiration that created them in the first place.
4. Scrapbook Sketches.
There are some great scrapbook layout sketches available on many different web sites that can give you the framework for your layout. And once you get started then the creativity will start to flow.
5. Magazine Advertisements.
Not Scrapbook magazines, although these can often provide inspiration, I’m talking about other non-scrapbooking related magazines. Look at how the advertisements are laid out, especially the full page ads. These are created by professional commercial designers and there’s a lot we scrapbookers can learn from how they set up the elements on the page. And you can see how I’ve used this scrapbook idea here.
6. Quiet reflection.
Similar to number 1. Try and find half an hour of peace and quiet (not always easy with young families, I know) where you can listen to some tranquil music. If possible 60 beats to the minute is good but any music that will create a tranquil space around you will be fine. Once your mind is in a state of relaxation, and that doesn’t necessarily mean meditation, then let the images of your photos drift in and see where it takes you. Sounds a bit esoteric but give it a try.
7. Scrapbook Challenges
Scrapbook Challenges from various on-line sites can sometimes help to prod that sleeping inspiration. Having someone set some parameters for you can be just what you need to get started on a layout. And we all know that starting is usually the hardest part.
8. Shopping malls.
Yes I know this is a dangerous place to go seeking inspiration. But next time you’re walking in a shopping mall pay attention to the product promotion posters and window arrangements. There can be a lot of inspiration opportunities to be drawn from there.
9. Speed Scrap.
Select a kit from your stash which picks up the colours in your photos and give yourself a time limit (say 15 minutes for a digital scrapbook layout and 30 minutes for a paper one). Working against the clock will stop you dithering and force you to put together a layout. Then leave it alone for a hour or two and when you come back, you’ll find it a lot easier to tweak it and add to it, now that you’ve got the foundation of your layout in place. Traditional scrappers should avoid fixing their elements with permanent adhesive for this method until they have decided on the finished layout design.
10. CD and DVD Covers.
Browse through your music collection or head off to your local music store and look at the cover designs on the CDs and DVDs. There’s some fabulous graphic artwork used on these covers and you’re sure to find some which will spark your scrapbooking inspiration.
I realise that not all of these techniques will work for everyone. But you should be able to pull a few out of this list that you can use to get that mojo up an running again, whether you are a digital scrapbooker, a traditional scrapbooker or a hybrid scrapbooker.
Do you have any other tips for sparking Scrapbooking Inspiration? Why not share your favourite techniques in the comment section below. I’m sure this is a problem that all scrapbookers have faced at one time or another and learning some tricks to help get through the ‘block’ will be welcomed by everyone.
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