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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Finding your Mojo!


Sometimes we just lose our mojo! I think it happens to most of us at one stage or another. Is there a place or a person you turn to for inspiration? What do you do when you don’t feel inspired? How do you overcome your lack of mojo? 

I have come up with a few ideas that seem to help me - with not only finding time to be creative but also getting some of your projects completed.

  • Stop putting pressure on yourself to be creative. Sometimes you just need to change your mind set about what is achievable and what isn't.  In other words,  give yourself a break, don't give yourself a hard time if you don't achieve what you want to do.
  • Step away from your crafting. Go and do something different. Inspiration can be found everywhere - you just need to look for it...
 
  • Try something new. Is there something you’ve always wanted to try but never have? It could be a new technique or a completely different craft activity.  A new challenge can re-ignite your creativity.

  • Meet up with other creative/crafty people, either to craft with or chat with. Sometimes someone else’s enthusiasm can get you out of your funk. Go to classes, crop nights, retreats and remember you don't have to stick with one thing.
  • Declutter. I hate clutter, so am always trying to declutter and clean, however if you are surround with clutter and cannot find any of your 'stuff' - you are not going to feel like crafting. Having a bit of re-organisation can help trigger your mojo and plus you'll find things you forgot you had. An uncluttered desk leads to an uncluttered mind (maybe). Or something like that.
     
  • Pinterest and Instagram for a bit of off the wall inspiration. Try typing some random words into the search box and see what comes up.
  • Switch off your computer/laptop/phone/tablet/TV. I work on a computer all day at work and I come home and check emails, orders, blogs, facebook, play games on my phone and everything else in between. Sometimes a  break  away from technology can work wonders.
        
  • Scraplift from layouts you admire in on-line galleries. When you see other crative works it often gives us a kick start to push our mind in the right direction. Layout galleries in magazines is another option.  Just make sure you credit the original layout.

  • Scrapbook Sketches. There are some great scrapbook layout sketches on the web or on blogs. Check out a 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.

    Some great sites to check out are:

  • Stuck on Sketches
  • Sketch Savvy
  • My Creative Sketches
  • Scrapbook challenges

  •  Magazine Advertisements. Have you ever used a magazine for inspiration. Not necessarily a scrapbook magazine, it can be other types too - garden, home decorating, etc.  Every page has its own design layout which you can use to provide inspiration.
  • Go for it! Just grab your photos and bits and pieces from your stash and 'go for it'. Give yourself a time limit to get it done.  Say half an hour. REMINDER!  This is supposed to be for fun only, so do not stress out or over think it - just go with the flow. 

 Stay Healthy

  • Go out and get some fresh air. I think fresh air and exercise does perk you up so get out there and go for a walk, sit under a tree, park yourself on a deck chair,  Anything to get you out of the house.
     
  • Cut out the crap. Stop eating things you shouldn't.. if you do feel lazy and sluggish, sometimes its diet related.
     
  • Drink lots of water. Even better water with lemon has many benefits, Packed with antioxidants and other health benefits, a glass of water with the juice of half a lemon revitalises the body and mind.


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