In the Forums

Register

Today's Posts

Search


Get the Weekly
Inkling
newsletter





Previous Issues

Get Social

Splitcoaststampers on InstagramLike Splitcoaststampers on FacebookFollow Splitcoaststampers on TwitterPit Splitcoaststampers on Pinterest

Sponsored Ads


 
Splitcoaststampers.com - the world's #1 papercrafting community
You're currently viewing Splitcoaststampers as a GUEST. We pride ourselves on being great hosts, but guests have limited access to some of our incredible artwork, our lively forums and other super cool features of the site! You can join our incredible papercrafting community at NO COST. So what are you waiting for?

Join the party at Splitcoaststampers today!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-17-2012, 05:39 PM   #1
Kookie Creator
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Singapore
Posts: 485
Default Creativity Block

I have been having this creativity block for quite some time. I used to be able to get inspirations rather quickly. One look at something, even items not related to craft, can inspire me and immediately a number of ideas pop into my mind but not anymore now. I have tried buying new stamps and gadgets but it doesn't seem to help. I am still making cards but the layout and designs are about the same. Even visiting gallaries, books and magazines don't seem to generate new ideas. Any of you experience this? How do you overcome it?
__________________
My Blog
My Web Site
JoyceL is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2012, 07:27 PM   #2
Inking Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 94
Default

Have you tried just playing and experimenting with your supplies? Seems to help me, even if it sounds wasteful. You can also watch a technique video and follow along to see if you get inspired. Sometimes sketching does it for me. I love going to pagemaps and looking at all the sketches they have and try to see how they will work on a layout or a card. They have a lot of categories and just mixing them up might help. Looking through magazine layouts or ads, searching for quotes or sentiments, stalking blogs of the artists I admire, even mixed media art is inspiring and I am dabling in that. Also look into photoshop on you tube, lots of inspiration there. Hope some of this helps.
Nanettesplace is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2012, 08:50 PM   #3
Kookie Creator
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Kansas
Posts: 1,808
Default

I have spent plenty of time just staring at blank cardstock with no creative ideas coming to mind. When that happens, I grab an old stamping magazine or watch/read a tutorial like the previous poster suggested. I sometimes even CASE one if my old cards just to get the creativity flowing again. Have your tried to CASE a favorite card or two from the gallery? Maybe someone else's creativity can help spark your own!
__________________
Amy

My Blog: Insomniac Stamper
My Gallery
fairsinger is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 05:04 AM   #4
Mad Swapper
 
shazsilverwolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Worcestershire, England
Posts: 1,817
Default

I so know what you mean. I am struggling myself at the moment. I haven't even posted on my blog for months now. I think what did me was doing 2 peoples wedding stationery earlier this year, it seemed like a good idea at the time, but I found the production line repetitiveness of making so many of the design really killed my mojo. As Nannette has suggested, I am just playing with my supplies at the moment, and hoping my mojo is just comatose for a while,lol. I also came across a folder full of images I stamped up a year or two ago- I had a habit of stamping up multiple images on different alcohol inked backgrounds for a while,when I first got my alcohol inks-so I have been playing around with them to see if anything grabs me.
__________________
silverwolfcards blog
My gallery
shazsilverwolf is online now  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 05:08 AM   #5
Glitter Guru
 
maryrose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 5,280
Default

I hear you! My creative machine came to a grinding halt last month, and I have not figured out how to kick start it yet!

I decided to stop blogging, which meant that I didn't have to make cards every day. Knowing that I didn't have to make them, I pretty much stopped making them all together. I needed a birthday card the other day, and the whole process of making it was almost painful. I had less than stellar results.

But the plus side to this creative desert is that I'm not even slightly tempted to buy new products right now. Normally, I had a monthly wishlist and I was on a quest to accumulate. I had a hard time balancing on that rope: have what I need vs. must have more! In the same way, I had a hard time with making cards that I needed, versus making cards for challenges and blog hops that I probably didn't need.

I'm taking the time to be creative in other areas right now. I figure the stamps will still be there when I'm ready to come back.
__________________
mary rose
maryrose is online now  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 06:23 AM   #6
Splitcoast Challenge Hostess
 
indyemmert's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Duluth, MN
Posts: 11,650
Default

I use the challenges here to inspire me, especially the sketch challenge. There are also lots of blog challenges.
__________________
Jana O'Brien
My Gallery My Blog
Find Stampin' Up projects in the Creative Crew gallery!
indyemmert is online now  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 07:00 AM   #7
Pearl-ExPert
 
Mindykid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Posts: 2,713
Default

blah here too. I did 100 cards in 100 days this past summer...now about 6 projects that were on my procrastination list...but when I look at all my supplies in the closet, I don't even want to keep them.
__________________
Crazy for Coloring Swap
Mindykid is online now  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 07:21 AM   #8
Pearl-ExPert
 
Ldumont999's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Jersey Girl
Posts: 2,796
Default

I use brutish force to get myself back into the swing of things. LOL I take those embellishments, papers, and craft items that I don't use very often and set them before myself. Then I tell myself that I can't do anything else until I use these seldom used items. If I really can't come up with something, I make myself RAK the items to someone else who will use them.

Once I've accomplished a card with the difficult items, using my go-to stash is easy.
__________________
Blessings from... Louise
Jehovah-Meqaddeshkem (The Lord Makes Me Holy)

Urgently Needed - Cards for Jayden
Ldumont999 is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 10:00 AM   #9
Crimping Master
 
Inkin One's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: small town..SC..
Posts: 1,112
Default

Here too. Creativity has taken a LONG leave of absence here as well. It started for me with the lust of DT’s and taking whatever was offered up even if the images didn’t suit me and my style. Add that to having my step son in the PICU for 6 weeks…traveling 4 hours one way each weekend…which quickly depleted a huge chunk of savings for us..it also depleted my desire to make anything. Then school started..Soccer..JROTC…scouts..etc..etc. I haven’t blogged other than mini updates as to my absence in months. I actually BOUGHT some birthday party invitations and thanks you notes a couple of weeks ago..and used some store bought birthday cards recently for a few friends. ~hangs head in shame~
I graduated from art school for crying out loud..this is really starting to get to me. I tried just doodling in my sketch book the other day and all I could come up with was my grocery list LOL. I have experienced this dry spell before but never to this magnitude. NOTHING and I mean nothing is inspiring me these days. I actually sat in my studio the other day and thought about what a heck of a yard sale I could have. I feel over whelmed..Inadequate …I haven’t made a post or really responded to any on here in several weeks bar one or two minor insights I might have about coloring pencils. I don’t even feel like I have a whole lot to offer anyone else. Blog lurking isn’t doing it and I used to get so inspired by someone else’s work..but not now. Blah…Not sure what to do about it either.

All of that was to say , don’t feel like you are alone in this gloom..I sure hope that “This too shall pass” applies to me in this instance..
Inkin One is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 10:42 AM   #10
Pearl-ExPert
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: No matter where you go--there you are!
Posts: 2,830
Default

Please don't make any rash moves--ANYONE--like selling or giving away all of your supplies. I lost my mojo and my desire to stamp for about a YEAR. I worked on a few cards for a non-profit group I had committed to during that time, but that was about it. I didn't even have a desire to browse here on SCS (my favorite place!). But I was going through a lot of emotional angst in having to commit my sister to an Alzheimer's facility and putting her stuff into storage, getting her condo ready to sell, protecting her from her abusive adult sons, etc. Several times I even got out my supplies, but just sat staring at them in frustration.

Luckily, I didn't get rid of anything! I didn't push it. I just started browsing SCS again, just reading forums. When I thought I might want to finally try something, no creativity would come. So I CASEd several cards that I had favorited. After awhile it got easier, and I began coming up with my own designs again. The creative "slump" still hits me, but I just CASE something simple again and one thing leads to another.

Good luck and hang in there. Try some of the suggestions other people have listed. If that doesn't work, walk away and go do something else. I'm pretty certain your mojo will appreciate a "vacation" and will be happy to come back!
blueheron is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 11:16 AM   #11
Rubber Obsessor
 
sheabella's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 138
Default Been there too!

I once went 5 years without wanting to touch my stamping stuff. I stressed about it. So many supplies and I was not using them. I do many other crafts. Stamping and jewelry are my favourites. Finally I was able to let go, emotionally. It eventually came back.
Sometimes I have shorter " blocks". If I feel like it, I play with my stuff and don't worry about creating anything. I took me a long time to give myself this permission but it made me feel better.
Many different things, events, emotions contribute to our creativity and ambition. Sometimes it's impossible to put your finger on it, maybe because there is no tangible reason we can appreciate at the time.
Just wanted to share my experience.
Here's wishing you some mojo.
__________________
~sheabella~
sheabella is online now  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 11:51 AM   #12
Die Cut Diva
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,486
Default

I am taking Jennifer McGuire's class that started yesterday called "Kick Start" . It is such a cool class. It is great to see how others think and create and hoping it will give me some new ideas!
__________________
Winnie
http://www.winniesinkyfingers.com
winnieu is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2012, 07:42 AM   #13
Inking Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 94
Default

Another idea is to maybe use your supplies for different media - mixed media art - Christy Tomlinson and Alisa Burk are fabulous, watch some of their videos, or browse the blogs. Another one is Joann Sharp , she is a doodle artist fantastic inspiration!
Nanettesplace is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2012, 07:45 AM   #14
Inking Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 94
Default

Sorry, links: alisaburke
christytomlinson
Whimspirations
Nanettesplace is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2012, 11:04 AM   #15
Die Cut Diva
 
Pammyjo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Auburn, Ca
Posts: 3,486
Default

Creativity..how do you define that? It comes in waves and comes from inside. Some have it more than others and some have it but don't know they do. I get the biggest thrill out of watching people grow with their creativity. It can be a process....just pick one of your favorite stampers here on SCS and go to their gallery. Look at their very first posts and then what they are posting today. Notice a difference? I know for myself I truly enhanced my creativity when I started to participate in the challenges. You don't have to post it on SCS to still benefit from the experience. Most importantly Enjoy It!
__________________
Pammyjo
My Gallery
StampandStretch
Pammyjo is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2012, 11:25 AM   #16
Compulsive Stamper
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 37
Default

Blocked- sounds sooooo familiar. I got into a funk and gave away all my Copic markers. (Meant to take a Copic class with 'em, just never made it happen.) Then I went to a Fred Mullett workshop in May, and have been on a creative high ever since. Nanettesplace had excellent advice, to try different media. Sometimes music drives me. Turning off the TV and getting away from the computer helps. Trying to mass-produce can be tiresome, but try to find time to play!
Last Chance 54 is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2012, 05:26 PM   #17
Kookie Creator
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Singapore
Posts: 485
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sheabella View Post
Many different things, events, emotions contribute to our creativity and ambition. Sometimes it's impossible to put your finger on it, maybe because there is no tangible reason we can appreciate at the time.
Yes, agree. I have been jobless for more than 2 years and this is my source of income. Not that I can make any profit out of selling cards but more to turn whatever supplies I have into cash.
__________________
My Blog
My Web Site
JoyceL is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Reply





Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off