There’s nothing funny about creator’s block. The agony of it all. All you want to do is pop something out and your mind is just…blank.
What do you do for creator’s block? Pinterest? Shopping? Browsing blogs? Read?
Our sweet Paige found herself in this very predicament. Her solution? Playtime. And holy cannoli, this is what comes from her creator’s block? Talk about gorgeous.
[ Stamps | Kramer Outline ]
Here’s what Paige has to say:
I have been in major scrapbooking rut this week. I had a requirement to make four layouts for a big project and after the third one I literally could not come up with ANYTHING!! I spent hours searching through my own past layouts, Pinterest boards, Instagram… I felt like everything had already been done, I couldn’t come up with anything new or unique… in the end I scraplifted one of my own layouts but used a different collection, which worked, but I was still in a rut.
And then after that big project was finished I knew my Kerri Bradford NSD layout was up next! And I struggled. I was seriously burnt out and am starting to mentally check out all around because we are moving back to the United States in just a couple months and I have so many other things I am worrying about. But I am committed to my assignments and design teams so I set out to make a layout.
But where oh where to even begin?! Luckily I received some cute Kerri Bradford stamp sets in the mail this week so I sat down with those and tried to get some ideas flow. 99% of the time when I’m creating a layout I have an idea or a sketch in my mind’s eye or even a literal sketch on paper. Not this time. I was totally winging it. Flying by the seat of my pants. Letting creativity take its course.
I started with my new Stitch Happy sewing machine by We R Memory Keepers and made a gold thread stitch down the center of a white cardstock background (which, on a total tangent, I set myself a goal to not use white cardstock for an entire month which lasted all of 24 hours, hahaha! But I knew I wanted to do colored stamping which looks really great on white cardstock, so it was completely justified!) I couldn’t stop with just the gold stitching. I moved on to pink. And then aqua. Then yellow, green, orange, purple, blue…ALL.THE.COLORS. I was experimenting with all the different stitches my sewing machine has that I had never ever played with before, even though I’ve owned this machine for nearly 10 years! Why have I never noticed those pretty stitch options before?! I kept sewing and sewing and sewing until I’d covered 3/4 of the page.
Now to incorporate the stamping. I had three photos of my daughter Jane being the silly girl that she is so I looked up synonyms for “laugh” and “funny” and stamped out all the words in matching colors that I thought fit with the photo. I trimmed out those stamped words, lined them up down the center of the stitched background, and sewed them in place. Next came the patterned paper strip and a grouping of flowers at the top. The typed, printed, and trimmed journaling was the last step. I felt rejuvenated making this layout. It was so fun to let the layout flow and move in different directions as I kept working on it. I need to try that more!!
(Additional supplies: Studio Calico; Patterned paper, die cuts: Oh My Heart by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Cardstock, adhesive: American Crafts; Sewing machines: Brother and Stitch Happy by We R Memory Keepers; Thread: Coats & Clark; Font: Remington Noiseless)
All that stitching on this Hilarious page…wow! She even did this page in record time for her too–just two hours. :) Love the stitched stamped labels too. The beauty of the Kramer, Kramer Outline and Annie stamps is that there are multiple letters so you can spell out entire words. Makes it so easy!
On another note, it appears the store isn’t releasing the physical stamps in people’s carts after ‘x’ minutes like stores should, and therefore, it gives the illusion that there are insufficient stamps for a purchase. If you encounter this, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work it another way until we can figure out why it’s not working right.
And the sale on KBS goodies continues through Saturday. :)
What are your plans for the weekend?