How are you all today? I personally have been feeling super frustrated as I have problems with both my iMac and my fairly new PC, grrrrr. Two IT guys and several grueling hours of trying to work out whats wrong with both machines has left me chomping at the bit and perilously close to raising my voice, even if it would be to myself. I’m still no closer to solving the issue so it’s very possible both my babies may have to go to IT hospital for a thorough examination.
Well, enough of my headaches, you didn’t come here to listen to me complain so while I still can, let’s check out this weeks mid-week New Release. I don’t know about you guys but that always cheers me up 🙂
Available now in these stores with 40% discount for a limited time
LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK
Here’s whats included in your pack
Including this lovely set of Clusters
Also available to purchase separately are these super Signature Papers
These papers are CU friendly making them great for Scrapper and Designer alike. You can use them ‘as is’ to add ready made to your layouts or Designer Kits or make them even more unique by adding various extras like texture, brushed and elements. You can even desaturate or recolor them to suit your own needs. The possibilities are endless.
Free Gift when you spend $8 or more at the STUDIO
and one from me
Available for a limited time only
@abbynormal asks, ‘Do you get ‘designers block?’ You know, like authors get sometimes.’
Last week one of our BooLand Fans left a question via the Blog asking if I ever get ‘Designers Block (see above). What a great question and the short answer is ‘Ohhhhh yes’ LOL. Just like writers, or any other creative worker, we scrapbook designers do indeed get Designer Block, or, as we call it, a loss of mojo and you might be surprised to learn we get it often……
When you consider how much new product we put out there in our stores it’s hardly surprising that even the most imaginative of us can run out of ideas and have a dry spell. It’s probably the number one reason why you won’t see a designer drop new product for several days or even weeks and once you take a break, especially an extended one, it’s very very hard to get back into the swing of things.
It’s often not just about the lack of ideas for us. After an extended break from the day to day routine of admin duties, checking and answering emails, keeping up with social media and just loading product can take twice as long as it did before leaving a designer feeling washed out and tired and that doesn’t help the old grey cells work their magic in the creative zone.
Here are 5 things I personally do to help get my mojo back
- Check out your fellow Designers latest work. I love, love, love browsing through the STUDIO and seeing what my fellow designers are creating lately. Not only does it help me see what the latest designing trends are but it helps refresh my creative flow and gives me tons of ideas when my imagination is on a dry run. The only down side to this is my wish list gets longer and longer 😉
- Pinterest. Oh my, I really think I am addicted to Pinterest. As a visual person I just adore the heaps of gorgeous images there. It’s also a perfect place to get a stack of fabulous inspiration for new products when you are running out of steam. Naturally, I check out our STUDIO Pinterest Board but I also enjoy looking through color boards like THESE as the images used in these boards can really set off sparks for me.
- Google Images. Believe it or not you can find a ton of inspiration via google images. Not only do I use this a lot for my blog post headers but often I can come across a gorgeous piece of artwork that’s full of stunning color, texture, flowers etc and that will spark an idea in me. I grab the image, pop it in a folder and add a brief note about the idea it’s given me so I can come back to it at a later date and remember why it caught my attention. My memory ain’t what it used to be folks, lol. Just type in a word related to your idea and click for images in the google search bar and see what pops up.
- Nature. I’m lucky enough to live in a town that has been planned very sensitively with lots of green areas including a gorgeous canal so lots of great walks close by. When my head is full of cotton and I’m not feeling the mojo I find a good walk through the woods or along the canal to clear my head works wonders. I take my iPhone with me and take lots of pictures, not with any thought of work, but I have found in the past that often these will help spark some creative ideas or at the very least, they can be used within a layout. What’s important really is to leave the work behind and take time out, enjoy some fresh air and relax. This often helps to reignite the old creative juices.
- Me Time. I very rarely take time out for me. You’ll understand, I know. As a mum and (in)significant other, we girls hardly ever have a moment to do something for ourselves do we? However, when the creative vibes are on shut down and none of the above have done the job of re-lighting the fire I find that taking a long luxurious bath with candles, bubbles, music and maybe even a glass of wine works wonders. It totally resets my body and mind and after a good nights sleep I feel refreshed and ready to start creating again.
It’s a good time to point out that whilst these 5 tips usually do the trick, they don’t always work and sometimes I just have to take some extended time out and walk away from the pc for a while. Just like a pc, we designers sometimes need a reboot and, as any of you who have forgotten to clean out your history for a while, you know how long a reboot can take. In those times we just have to trust that a change is as good as a rest and, at least for me, it doesn’t take too long before I’m itching to get back to my Photoshop and get to work on my next creation.
It’s also worth noting that although these tips are primarily for Designers, they absolutely can work for scrappers too. Sometimes, when you’ve done so many layouts, it can be very hard to find the creative flow needed for yet another project. Follow my tips and I’m sure you will be back to your super artistic self in no time at all.
I hope this answers your question @abbeynormal? Thanks so much for asking.
If you have a question for me, please leave your comment on the BLOG and if I can, I’ll answer it via the BLOG for you.
Well folks, that’s about it from me for now
We’ll be back real soon with another fabulous release
Until then, take care