Featured Friday question: How do YOU find your missing mojo?
I have to apologize for last week’s repeat blog post. I’d checked the blog ahead of time and thought it was okay because it was showing up then, but it must have gotten lost in the switchover and I didn’t notice while writing to a Monday deadline. So, I’ll figure it out and now that Sandy’s gotten us a shiny new site, I can get things back on track. Meanwhile, everyone was so great last month about sharing shopping regrets, I have a new question for this month. When your mojo goes missing, where do you go to find it?
We’ve probably all experienced it. Whether you call it creative block, artistic block, or missing mojo, there are times when all your mojo just seems to have got up and went. Most writers I know hate to talk about it because they fear that by saying it out loud, they’ll bring it down on themselves. (Yes, we’re a superstitious bunch, lol!)
Since my living for the past thirty plus years has depended on creating on demand, I’ve learned tricks to tap into my subconscious and get my characters talking again. I weed a garden, paint a wall, go for a walk or a drive. But that doesn’t seem to work for cardmaking, which is, obviously, a more visual medium.
I swear, it was easier when I first started scrapping and cardmaking. With not nearly as many cool supplies and tools as I have now, I was less likely to feel overwhelmed. Now there are days when I get so many things out they cover the long kitchen island, AND the table, and the other counters, and I just stare in despair at this:
That’s where often our OWH sketches are hugely helpful and I’ve found that most of my cards now are at least inspired by an OWH sketch. But sometimes even they don’t help me see through the brain cloud fog, so I asked some members of the OWH blog team for advice.
From Allison: “I unstick my mojo by using sketches as a starting point – that way I don’t have to think so hard! Another great idea is to CASE a card you really like – also very little thinking involved. LOL! Are you seeing a pattern here?”
When I mentioned that she’d reminded me that I’m always saving cards to CASE, then forget them when I need them most, she had an answer for that, too!
“I like to print out thumbnails of cards I want to CASE and keep them on my desk where I make cards – I need visual reminders!
I really like that idea. I have a box of stamped images I’ve colored that I go through for inspiration; since my desk is usually covered with research material, I think I’ll make a second box of printed out thumbnails.
From Jan: “I’ve always enjoyed using sketches to jump start my creativity and the challenge blogs throwing out challenges are helpful too. My cards don’t always look the like sketch when I’m done but that’s ok too! Blog browsing and Pinterest spark my creativity too. ” =)
More helpful suggestions from Dixie: “Card block happens at my house all the time! That’s one reason I’ve taken all the classes with Online Card Classes. I frequently look back at those lessons and get a great idea. I’ve also bookmarked blogs that post cards similar to my style, and pin those cards to my Pinterest board. Another idea booster? I’ll pick up a stamp (or stamp set) that hasn’t been inked lately or a pad of 6×6 paper that I haven’t used. I like the challenge of trying to use specific items. I also enjoy challenge blogs, both sketch and color. Overcoming card block, for me, is all about tapping the resources at hand.”
And Paula: “I like to choose a card theme or envision a specific recipient say for example a little boy, then I head off in treasure hunt fashion through my stuff to see what might fit the bill. In this case I might end up with some trucks, a teddy bear or a robot. I will often take a bunch of stuff that fits the theme and typically this results in me having a large enough collection of supplies on my workspace that I can then go on and make several different cards in the same theme.”
Since I always begin my stories with themes, that one really struck home. The OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge is tailor made for theme mojo magic!
And another great suggestion from Debbie: “I’ve been fighting mojo-loss all week and what I’ve done is dig into my scraps bin and make some simple scraps cards. I’m not blazing any new cardmaking territory but the cards are cute and it keeps me in the crafty headspace.”
Not only does that remind me that when I get overwhelmed, going back to the basics and keeping it simple is great for clearing my mind and reminding me of things I knew but had forgotten I knew, Debbie also shared a link to a previous tutorial on Making Mojo Magic.
And when all else fails, I remember who I’m making cards for, and that’s probably the best inspiration of all!
So, now it’s YOUR turn! How do you reignite your creativity when it’s fizzled out? We had so many wonderful comments last month about shopping regrets, I’d love to make this a monthly feature, so if there’s a topic you’d like to discuss, since we’re in the midst of changing our OWH email addys, just email me at joann AT joannross DOT com and I’ll try to make it work.