Tuesday, May 26, 2015
1) Take the time to plan ahead for future creative sessions.
For the most part, my art journaling pages are created in less than twenty minutes. I prep some pages beforehand, so that when I do sit down to create, I already have a canvas that is ready to go. Then I dig in to my supplies and experiment with different mediums. My heat gun helps to speed along the process as well.
Choose a few scrapbooking kits and some stacks of photos and have them on your craft table ready to go when you have spare time to work on them. We tend to waste more time looking for things to do, instead of sitting down and getting down to the business of creating.
2. Use small amounts of downtime to check off the smaller tasks that can hold up a project.
While you're waiting for a load of clothes to dry, sit down and get those photos off of your phone and onto your computer. If you've got a batch of photos ready to be uploaded to a photo printing site, then take the next step and get them done. If you still have time left over, send those photos off to be printed! Done!
If you're like me, you have a zillion stacks of paper that haven't seen the light of day since you bought them at the last Expo or the last sale that you just HAD to go to and splurge a little. I know you're laughing WITH me! Pull the stack out of the bag and flip through it to get your mind going on what you forgot you were going to create with that gorgeous stuff. You don't have to do anything with it at the moment. Just get it back to the top of your craft space and the forefront of your creative mind.
3. Go through your stack of "unfinished projects" and choose three to work on.
We all have that enormous pile of unfinished projects from classes, expos, crops, retreats, etc. It's been calling your name for months, but it gets the "I'll get to it next week...next month..." response and now it's collecting dust. Pull out three projects and see where you are with each of them. Choose the one that needs the least to finish and get it done first. We need that sense of instant gratification to keep us going. If you check one off of the list, then you'll be more inspired to go onto the next one! Pretty soon that pile will get smaller and smaller and your smile will get bigger and bigger!
4. Know your creative boundaries.
I know that this sounds weird, but as crafters, we think that we should be trying everything that's out on the market. STOP. The answer is NO. I had this attitude when I first started scrapbooking and I now have a ton of "latest and greatest" products that are taking up space in my craft room and my garage. I don't need every tool on the market because my style has evolved into what I want my scrapbooking to be and that doesn't include the "latest and greatest." I've learned what my creative boundaries are and I know that certain products and techniques just aren't "my thing." I don't need to spend money on things that I know I won't use just to say that "I have those." Stop the madness and live in your own creative world! It's safe there and it's all yours.
5. Join a group that will keep you accountable.
Keeping ourselves accountable to our tasks can be a very important tool. I have several Facebook groups that help to keep crafters accountable to getting their projects done. Many of them like the weekly reminders to check off those projects. Several post pictures of their projects and get very inspiring feedback. It's always motivating to be cheered on by your crafting peers. Join us in my Monthly Craft Challenge group and get stuff done! We'd love to have you and cheer you on!
Hope these tips help you to get your crafting projects done. I'm here to help!
I'd love to hear if you your secrets too! How do you get things done?
Feel free to comment and let me know what other topics you'd like to hear about.
I love hearing from you! Thank you for your continued support of "California Scrappin'"!
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Tonight, I decided to try the same thing in my art journal!
I'd love to hear your stories about how you planned one thing in your head and ended up with another! I'm sure we've all been there once or twice!
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Monday, May 4, 2015
I also learned several things about the marketing side of blogging. Learning to target my audience is something that I need to take into consideration every time I post. Who is reading my posts? When are they reading my posts? It was interesting to see when readers commented on my posts. The time frames of higher traffic are ones that I need to pay attention to in order to promote my posts to a wider audience. The overall statistics for my posts were very eye opening.
I'd like to thank all of you who took the time to read my posts and comment on them. I appreciate all of the kind words and feedback. I will continue to do my very best to bring you my creative side, as well as a few inspirational posts sprinkled in between. It always makes me feel good to know that I have inspired some of you to take up crafting again or just give yourself a chance to do something fun.
If there is a topic, crafty or motivational, that you'd like me to write about in the future, please leave me a comment. I love hearing from my readers! Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
I'd love to hear what posts you liked the most and if you'd like me to write about a specific subject - either in the scrapbooking world or as a motivational topic. Thank you again for your support!
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
1. Making time for taking care of myself
2. Embracing more opportunities to write
3. Spending quality time with family & friends
4. Being true to my inner self & continuing to grow
5. Speaking my mind when I feel there is something wrong or uncomfortable
6. Pursuing my dreams by taking small actions
7. Telling people that I love, care and support them in the pursuit of their dreams
8. Taking those uncomfortable risks out of my comfort zone
9. Reading a book every month
10. Blogging about topics that I think are inspiring to the creative community
What's on your list? I'd love to know! Please leave a comment and share!