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Sometimes I just need to step away from the computer, clear my mind outside, maybe a short walk. Then I go into my studio, put on some favorite music, and just start straightening things, looking through stamp drawers, and I eventually spot something that gives me that creative spark, and I dive in.
When I lose my mojo I try not to fight it. I have plenty of other interests to occupy my time. But, if I have cards that need to be made and I'm not feeling it, I usually pick a SU set and browse the gallery here, and Pinterest, to see what others have done with it. That usually gets me back in my craft room.
aka Sue. Or Sue-odd.
No blog for me. My gallery chronicles my card-making successes and mishaps.
I was making lot's of Christmas cards to sell. I was working very hard to get these made. My back was hurting so bad I had to take a few days to rest. Then my mojo took the first flight south. I need to get back to making more Christmas cards, but have no interest. I have been doing other things and staying away from crafting room. I really need to get back to the cards.
I understand your burn-out. I feel dull, too. After making 184 cards (that's how many I could fit in Priority box) for Operation Write Home...twice...I am still experiencing burn-out. "Crafting overload." I like the sketch challenges for inspiration...seeing what others create from the sketches is a big help to me. I don't know how to insert links, but I like Retro Sketches, Freshly Made Sketches, Mojo Monday and others. You'll find out quickly who suits your personal style. Sometimes I have to just copy the whole card to get started again. I hope your creativity returns soon!
Last Saturday I completed 1000 cards for a twice yearly card sale at church. I need a break so I have not stamped since. I donate the cards for fund raising. I will soon have to start another thousand for the next fund raiser. I still send some to the soldiers and i donate to two other churches too. Sometimes it begins to feel like too much but I know others are counting on me. I will have to get back in the stamp room soon.
Good luck all.
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I know you were looking for blogs (preferably SU), but I wanted to share a different idea.
If you are open to swaps, I can tell you that swaps have been instrumental in helping me to get my mojo back when I'm experiencing a 'mojo slump'.
I look for a swap where I can use a technique that I love or a technique that I want to try or a product I want to use (could be a stamp image or an art medium or a new die, etc.) or a subject/theme that interests me - you get the idea - something that MOVES me...
And especially when I'm using a new product or a technique, I like to do some 'educational' research on the Internet and that research often expands into all kinds of directions - one thing leads to another and before I know it I'm hopping all over the place watching videos and reading blogs and finding like-minded artists that are all new to me - powerful!
SCS has swaps as well as all kinds of 'challenges' that might get you going again. You might want to check them out.
Whatever works for you, I hope you get your mojo back soon.
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Last edited by QueenOfInkland; 11-20-2013 at 12:13 PM..
When I feel burned out, I often take on a charity project. Right now I am challenging myself to donate 100 cards by Christmas. It always helps to get my focus off myself and remember the joy of simply creating pretty, useful things for others. By the time I'm done I always feel rejuvenated.
Right now I've picked our local Humane Society, so I get to make cute animal cards to thank donors and adopters. Fun! I am so allergic to cats I can't even really walk in the door, so this is one way I can help out the kitties : )
I feel your pain, I have been there myself. I know one thing, for me atleast I cannot force the creativity. The harder I tried to force something the faster and farther away my "muse" ran. If you just play and don't actually finish anything, that's okay. If you end up just shuffling things around your desk, that's okay too. The muse will return when "she" is ready.
I will say that everytime I surf Pinterest, I get the itch to go make something myself.