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The simple art of creating inspires and motivates me. I enjoy the planning, gathering, making, completing, sharing, giving…basically the whole process.
One of my favorite quotes about creating says, “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before. The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before – colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.” ~ Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Even though I’m inspired & motivated by creating…creativity isn’t always in abundance in my world (although I wish it was). I’m a mother of 3 young children and sometimes life just plain wears me out and I often feel that there isn’t anything left to give (creatively speaking). I thought I’d share a few things that have helped me get through my creative slumps.
- Make an inspiration file
You’ll need a place to keep your images that you find inspiring. It can be a file, notebook or a folder. Every time you find something that inspires or intrigues you put it in your inspiration file. You can also save your online inspiration. Here are a few websites for visual bookmarking or online inspiration files:
- Make an inspiration or mood board
I love looking in magazines for inspiration and they never fail to provide loads of beautiful images. When I get my new issues I start ripping out pages that I want to keep. They either go straight into my inspiration file or I cut them out and use them for my inspiration board. You can also add so many other things as well such as: photos, postcards, tags, flowers, buttons, paintings, fabric, wallpaper, drawings, notes, quotes, etc.
Gather your pieces of inspiration and paste them to a poster board, tape them to your wall or pin them to a cork board.
Here are some examples:
‘create’ mood board by polkadotandplaid
Some favorite images from flickr…
1. Inspired…, 2. 6.25 I love old things…, 3. There is something magical about a Daisy that just makes me happy., 4. … I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can., 5. I Hate Rain, 6. Wishing you blue skies from my argoflex seventy-five!, 7. there is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness. ~ han suyin, 8. “Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera”, 9. Have you ever seen a flower down, Sometimes angels skip around, And in their blissful state of glee, Bump into a daisy or sweet pea….
- Set aside a time and a place to create
Obvious I know. But, I have to set time aside for creating or life gets in the way and my creativity just doesn’t happen. So, make an appointment with your creative self.
I believe that it also helps if your space is free from clutter-the mind works better.
Here are some lovely creative spaces…
- Creative challenges
When my friend, Melissa, approached me about doing a photography collaboration with her I was overjoyed. It was just what I needed to get my creative juices flowing again. Each week we have a prompt and then we combine our interpretations in a diptych and share with our readers. We’ve also invited everyone to participate. I’ve discovered that I work better when I am accountable to someone, I have clear deadline, and a goal to work towards.
Here is our diptych for the prompt – ‘together’…
- Be yourself
Growing up, I never really considered myself a crafty or artsy person nor did I like writing. I was pretty much always a math and science girl who loved taking pictures of everything, hence why my college friends called me “picture queen”. It wasn’t until I got engaged two years ago that I was pretty much forced to use my creative thinking skills to plan a wedding. Sure, I’d always loved planning events, but having to come up with color schemes, ceremony decorations, invitation designs, centerpiece designs…that was all way over my head! But I took on the challenge, and six months later we were wed!
Shortly after, I faced a creative void. I didn’t realized how much I had enjoyed all of that designing, color scheming until it was all over!