|Posted: 12/27/2012 7:43:24 PM|
Find someone to scrap with or find a group that does regular crops. That seems to get me back to scrapping.
Just Me the Pea
|Posted: 12/27/2012 7:44:57 PM|
I didn't make any scrapbook pages in over a year, I went back to college and scrapbooking honestly felt like more homework. But now I am crazy about it again, so I wouldn't rush to get rid of your stuff.
|Posted: 12/27/2012 7:49:40 PM|
I just returned to Two Peas after a very long absence (although I have still be actively scrapbooking) But since I just returned I started watching the Glitter Girl videos from the very beginning of 2012, and one of the first of her videos is about "breaking the block" and there seemed to be lots of reasons why one might suffer a block, you might want to check it out.
I have had mini blocks sometimes, and I usually present myself with a challenge in order to start those creative juices flowing once again. I will scraplift, or pick something out of my stash and then just force myself to create a page. Usually, after just one or two of these "challenges" I start feeling really good about my work again, and that puts me on a roll.
Since you are here, maybe challenge yourself to complete a page and post it in your gallery and come back here and let everyone know it is posted. Then do another and do the same thing. For me sharing the pages with someone helps keep me motivated.
Kindness & Compassion - Free to Give, So Valuable
Loc: Texas y'all
|Posted: 12/27/2012 8:07:10 PM|I think it's perfectly normal for that to happen (at least that's what I tell myself when I get in a rut!).
I would not rush to sell your stuff. Just allow yourself some time away from it and see how you feel in a few months. If you still don't feel like doing it any more, you can always sell your stuff then.
When I am not feeling the love for scrappn', I just step back and do something else (usually after making a few gift albums I am really burned out) for a while. I always re-energize, sometimes after a short period of time, sometimes it takes a whole. But the mojo always returns. Here's hoping the same for you.
|Posted: 12/27/2012 8:12:49 PM|
Yes! I also feel that I get sick of it when the rest of my life falls apart. Almost like it becomes another "to do". But when things calm down, then my desire returns!
|Posted: 12/27/2012 8:12:58 PM|
Yes! I also feel that I get sick of it when the rest of my life falls apart. Almost like it becomes another "to do". But when things calm down, then my desire returns!
Dabbling in Digi
Loc: Behind a laptop in the Pacific Northwest
Loc: Aussie in SC. USA
|Posted: 12/27/2012 8:48:05 PM|
Going through the exact same thing right now actually. I have been debating on selling everything too. I took a 2 yr break, and just came back to it, or tried to in August. Doesn't seem to be happening for me at the moment.
Though on the other hand, I can't imagine living without some kind of creative outlet... but its weird lol, because I've certainly been living without doing anything despite having all the stuff basically right in front of me every day.
SaVeD bY GrAcE!
|Posted: 12/27/2012 9:49:23 PM|The first 5 months this year I scrapped like none other but burned myself out. I was working on a project for someone to have before their graduation. I haven't scrapped since may. I finally decided to let myself off the hook & just do a shutterfly album for our 2012 album & am excited to get December done & I'll be ready to order - how's that for a compromise?
I do have more work to do for that gal, but am waiting for more pics. I decided not to completely turn myself off of it before finishing her 2nd album.
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Philippians 4:8
Happily scrapbooking since 1996!
|Posted: 12/27/2012 10:25:52 PM|
I was away from actual paper and glue scrapping for 4 years and all scrapping (was doing digital) for 3.....saved all my stuff and now I am back and enjoying it more than I ever thought I would. The key to MY enjoyment is paring down supplies and not being overwhelmed. I watched videos, Glitter Girl was the most inspiring, and decided to try a couple of layouts their way and saw that I could adapt my style. Then I assessed what I would really need and got rid of all the extra stuff I wasn't using. What a breath of fresh air that breathed into my scrapping. Just walk away for a while then see where you are at a later date.
|I'm an old pea with a forgetful memory (can't remember old login info)....please cut me some slack LOL!!! |
Make a Wish!
|Posted: 12/27/2012 11:06:23 PM|
I know that feeling, like others have mentioned, I get into a rut and feel like giving up. For me, I have SO much to do and feel like I have so little time to do it. I wouldn't rush to sell your stuff. You won't get nearly as much as you paid for it, and I think you will end up regretting it. Good luck !
|Posted: 12/28/2012 1:36:29 AM|
After a huge deadline, I need a little distance, but it doesn't take long before I'm back at it. During periods of high stress, I go without scrapping for longer periods. The main thing is that it's there when you're ready for it, you know?
|Posted: 12/28/2012 1:45:45 AM|i havnt scrapped in 6 months Ive been so busy with school, a started a small online business, and have 2 children under the age of 3. I am trying so hard to get back to scrapbooking as I miss it so much - Hopefully soon I will get the time
|Completed in 2012
2 pg 12x12: 28
1 pg 12x12: 1
|Posted: 12/28/2012 2:09:20 AM|
After my last kid was born I didn't do anything for 2 years, and the 3rd year was pretty sketchy at that! Ive recently begun to scrap on a more regular basis.
I would hold on to your stuff for now. Wait it out and see if you feel like doing it again.
Loc: In my jammies, sipping a cup of coffee.
|Posted: 12/28/2012 2:28:53 AM|
Yes. Oddly enough, all three times I was pregnant, the thought of scrapbooking nauseated me! (Seriously.) Then, as the morning sickness faded, I started scrapping more and once again loved it. Now (10 years later!) I'm in a huge scrapping slump. I have a lot going on: just moved, renting a house and building. I'm too overwhelmed with all the house decisions to scrap right now, although I would love to. The good thing for me is that my scraproom is pretty much all packed up in boxes. Therefore, I won't do anything drastic like get rid of my scrappy supplies, and hopefully by the time we're unpacked in the new house, my scrappy mojo will return! Hang in there -- sometimes you just need a break!
Loc: Asheville, North Carolina
|Posted: 12/28/2012 6:58:08 AM|I think about this a lot, actually.
I first started scrapbooking when my son was born, almost seventeen years ago. That was when CM was exploding and CK was just hitting the stands...in fact, I think I might have bought their premier issue at JoAnn's. It was so much fun. I can remember getting into punches and my first zig pens and eventually signing on to demo with CTMH. I would work so hard to get my household stuff done and get the kids situated so I could create things for my display boards and scrapbooks; it was so gratifying!
And then I started teaching in my LSSes, and I began to be more aware of trends and people around me, and I really think that I started falling into the comparison trap, or "the way you should do it". It started to seem like the only way you could be validated was if you were published in a mag or on a design team...and, looking back, I totally bought into that craziness. So it wasn't fun for me anymore and I laid it aside for a very long time.
But, I kept taking pictures, for the most part.
And now, I have my "later set" of children, I do desire that their childhood is recorded.
And at Cmas time last year, I had to go in for a surgery that had a wee bit of potential to be serious bc of a family history. So I printed out everything from that year that I truly wanted to have recorded and did a few "flash" sessions to git'r done. It was by no means any kind of artistic genius, but ...done. And kinda fun
So, hold scrapbooking loosely. It has worth, for sure, but you can put it down and pick it up as you will, and I think that knowing that fact can make a difference.
Loc: Queens NYC
|Posted: 12/28/2012 7:19:15 AM|
when i dont clean up and it looks like a mess!
|Love Peace Health and Happiness to you...Rosey|
Loc: Hillsboro, TX
|Posted: 12/28/2012 8:00:12 AM|
I have gone through this!!! I've been scrapping since 1999 and have had several months-long, even one two year-long lulls where I just wasn't into it and didn't do anything.
That said, don't trash your stuff!!! Hang on to it! I guarantee one day you'll be ready to scrap again. In the meantime, give yourself permission to step away and not feel guilty over it. I truly hope this helps!
Will I ever get to Buckethead?!
|Posted: 12/28/2012 8:14:50 AM|
I have mostly been a cardmaker for the past 10 years. In the past year my cardmaking has really taken a nosedive. I really enjoy it, but I just didn't have the motivation to do it. I started selling off a lot of things that I didn't use, decluttered (a lot!) and began to browse galleries. I had a much fresher outlook on creating. However, I didn't pick up cardmaking as much and have plunged into scrapping. Same basic concepts, but a different purpose. Sometimes we need to re-access what we have, take a break, look in different places for inspiration and possibly try another format. (mini albums, altered journals, cards, tags, etc.)I think you'll know when you are done.
Loc: Stars Hollow, CT (I wish!)
|Posted: 12/28/2012 8:26:18 AM|
Many years ago I went through a period where I stopped scrapping and was contemplating quitting. Scrapping for me had become a chore. . .another item on my "List of Things to Do". . .pressure to get "caught up". So I took some time off and allowed myself to quit if I wanted to. Obviously (since I am on a sbing site!) I decided not to but here is what I did. I picked pictures from a road trip that my DH and DS took that I knew I would be sad if my DS didn't have the memory scrapped. I told myself that I could do the pages as simply as I wanted. . .no pressure for each to be a work of art. It was fun and I'm glad my son has this album full of memories of the good time he and his Dad had.
There was a thread within the last week about how you wanted to approach scrapping in the new year (I'm sorry I don't remember the title) but a lot of people said they wanted to enjoy the process. That's my new sbing mantra. It's a hobby. It's supposed to be FUN!!!!
"Do as much good as you can, for as many as you can, for as long as you can and you may never know the difference you can make". . .Max Lucado
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 12/28/2012 8:28:45 AM|I started scrapbooking 14 years ago and have certainly taken breaks along the way. Life happens and hobbies sometimes get put on the back burner. That's ok too. Don't beat yourself up over it, but don't jump ship either.
"When was the last time you did something for the 1st time?"
|Posted: 12/28/2012 9:05:56 AM|
Yes, I've questioned this hobby a million times over. I love it one minute and next, I feel it's a burden. I've spent thousands and spent countless hours on this hobby. I've thought of giving it up a few times when I had stopped for months like you. I usually don't scrap in the summer when my kids are home for break and when they go back to school, I feel this overwhelming burden of "it has to be caught up". I find when I'm scrapping, however, I love it. It makes me happy, it's just having to get back in the mindset of doing it again. So I think it will always be something I do. I wonder how long I will keep it up, when the kids are grown? I don't know right now but when I look back on the pages I've done, they make me so happy.
You Wanna Peas of Me?
Loc: Western New York
|Posted: 12/28/2012 9:09:26 AM|
Yes....I go through this every now and then. I still try to stay active on these boards to keep my interest, watch videos, and still buy scrappy goodies. There are times I just want to chuck it all and give up, but then I remember how much I enjoy it and can't bring myself to give it all away.
|Chocolate......who needs a reason?!
|Posted: 12/28/2012 9:13:21 AM|
I'm not going to lie, I love reading posts like this - or should I say responses to posts like this - because I love the uplifting feedback that the peas give. It inspires me and gives me a little boost in my scrapping even if I am not in a rut.
Anyway, my response is a kind of yes. I find certain aspects of scrapping drudgery, like Mini albums for me are such a chore! So I just don't do them. Other things that get tedious for me (Like organizing and editing photos, cutting a title from my Sil or laying out a long title with stickers) then I find ways to make those fun. Like, Go sit by my hubby while he is playing the wii while I stick on those alphas, or listen to Paperclipping roundtable while I sort my pics.
I have taken a break and haven't scrapped over the last 2 months other than one project. Holidays and being ill have gotten in the way, but my fingers have been itching to scrap again. I vote keep your stuff - or at least some of it, so it will be there when you're ready to come back.
I am Jen
Loc: Louisville, Ky
|Posted: 12/28/2012 9:14:13 AM|
Hmmmm, no I have never been sick of it, just in a rut maybe. I love this hobby, as an outlet for my photographs & love of paper crafting.
So, even if I get bored of working on layouts, I never get tired of taking & printing photos, and then putting them into pocket albums.
|Posted: 12/28/2012 9:28:17 AM|
I have definitely had days when I wasn't feeling the love for it. lol Eventually, the photos and pretty paper always draws me back into a creative place.
|Posted: 12/28/2012 9:53:40 AM|Thanks for the responses everyone I'm glad that I'm not the only one who feels blah about it for a little while. I think I will hang onto my stuff and just take a breather from it for a while.
Hopefully my DD doesn't mind a time gap in her albums I've been slacking on picture taking too so I can't backtrack even if I do get back in the scraping spirit.
Pea with a Pen
Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 12/28/2012 10:30:58 AM|
Sort of. I had to take a break from it in December because I get in emotional funks, and I am not sure I am out of that funk yet. It has only happened once before, that time it lasted eight months. I started card-making last time, and this time I see myself continuing my art journal until I'm ready to scrapbook. My emotional funks both times are brought on by financial worries, if I can't buy new scrapbook supplies, and don't like my stash, I feel that moving forward with stash I don't like would compromise the pages so I'd rather just set it aside until things get better.
Loc: Tucson, AZ
|Posted: 12/28/2012 10:38:49 AM|How Dare You say that!!!
I think everyone can hate anything they do for a second...ok maybe 2...
I usually don't like to force myself. My scrappy time can be limited sometimes so if My Awesome DH gives me the time I still go to my room and organize something. Mostly what I'm doing now is taking the tome to organize my pictures, scan the very old ones. Write the who,what,when in my snapfish account and my photos metadata. That way I'm doing things that need to be done anyways and helps me with my scrapbooking. Plus! Inspiration can strike while you are doing things like that.
|Posted: 12/28/2012 11:18:21 AM|
I have not had time to scrapbook in a few months. But, I have still been using my supplies. I have been making lots of cards. Are you interested in making cards ? It is a way to get back into paper crafting, but it does go a lot faster, and you can complete a project very quickly. Just thought I would mention it in case you wanted to start small, and see if you enjoyed doing that. Maybe it will get your creative juices flowing again. I agree with the other posters not to get rid of your supplies. You can always do home decor projects too.
|Posted: 12/28/2012 5:58:51 PM|
I've been thinking about quitting, too. My daughter is 22 and a senior in college so I'll probably try to scrapbook her last year of college and then call a big halt for awhile. I've been scrapping for 14 years and have made about 42 albums of her life. I've also scrapped all of the family heritage photos and my childhood and my husband's childhood.
My problem is that I've invested so much in the hobby that I feel quilty about wasting the money if I quit.
|Posted: 12/28/2012 6:15:05 PM|
I have experience dry spells, yes. Recently, I went a couple months without scrapbooking. But lately, I've gotten back into the swing of things.
May we be consumed with the Creator of all things rather than with things created.
6 rings - no cheating! Go STEELERS!
Holding a grudge is letting someone live rent-free in your head.
|Posted: 12/28/2012 6:58:43 PM|I definitely get in a rut sometimes where it feels more like work than fun. I just ride it out and the passion for it comes back naturally.
Don't beat yourself up....someday you will look at one of your photos or something will happen for your family and you will all of sudden have a story you need to tell. Hang onto your stuff....I would be so sad for you if you sold it all and then decided you wanted to start again and not have any supplies.
|I am a project lifer. That's why I am taking so many pictures.....
Savor the Moment. It is the Everyday Moments that Make Life Meaningful.
Mom to Jackson (4)
Loc: Tucson, AZ
|Posted: 12/28/2012 7:10:53 PM|
If you don't feel like doing it. You can always sale your stuff here. I promise you you will get a lot of money back. I also know a lot of empty Nester's that scrapbook now for their friends and family members. They ask for their pictures and scrapbook them as gift for the special days of the year. I did not do anything interesting (But military stuff) for many chunks of time in the last 10 years. For a while I had no pictures to scrapbook. But I did not stopped scrap booking. I have done about 20 something scrapbooks for friends, family and coworkers. My family does not want presents from me anymore because they want to be able to ask me for an album or a crafty present for whenever they are ready. Right now I have so many projects plus my photos I feel I'm never going to end...LOL
Shut the PEA UP! Yer gettin me all twitterpaited!
Loc: Husker by Heart in WI
|Posted: 12/28/2012 9:31:01 PM|Nope. I change it up though, and I have been selling my handmade scrapbook embellishments, and paper crafts for over 12 years now. I really really really enjoy it. If I get tired of it, I switch and make something new. Right now, I'm making a ton of valentines day banners. (which, I am growing tired of) ... so tonight, I started to pretty up little merchandise bags. .... next will be valentine's day paper bouquets, ... and then cards, and tags, and embellishments. (let alone scrapbook pages)
If I switch it up, I find I don't get tired of it.
I think sometimes you have to stop doing pages, and just do little pretties, or cards, or tags, or holiday decor w/your paper and ribbons, and supplies. Valentine's day is coming up! Make a pretty banner for your mantel! Make some pretty goody bags all foofed up! Make up a couple of pretty cards to send to friends, your sweetie, or your kids! I find getting into the next holiday to be so inspirational in getting my mojo back. Heck, I am emersed in total valentines day doodlebug supplies, but in the back of my mind, I'm already thinking easter.
Loc: Port Coquitlam, B.C. Canada
|Posted: 12/28/2012 11:10:41 PM|
I go threw phases with projects! When I get tired with Scrapbooking, I make cards, 3D items, challenge projects, mini albums and then seasonal items.
I go through phases, but I always do paper crafts as my hobby.
PEAring through my camera lens
|Posted: 12/29/2012 8:02:24 AM|
I stopped for a long time. And it was hard to get back into it, but scrapping with friends helped.
When I lose my enthusiasm, I get out my photos and start going through them. Once I find some photos that I am excited to scrap, it goes easier.
Sometimes looking through my albums makes me want to scrap, too.
It also helps me to find some layouts that I really like. At the LSS, there are some teachers and design team members who have styles I really like. They still do trendy stuff, but their style is more appealing to me than a lot of what I see here at Two Peas--there is nothing wrong with the pages I see here, they just are not at all close to MY style, so it's harder for me to get excited by them and want to scrap. If I can find layouts that really inspire me, it kind of jump starts my own desire to scrap, too.
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|Posted: 12/31/2012 1:05:08 PM|Scrapbooking is like a longtime, dear friend. We may not see each other for a while, but when we start up again, it's like we were never apart.
|Posted: 12/31/2012 1:16:55 PM|
I just had a long, turbulent, too much drama and too many relatives kind of Christmas. I do NOT feel like scrapping even though I was looking forward to the new year's holidays to have the time.
So...I think I'll pull out fabric and do some quilting! It's one way for me to break the creative logjam.
|Lynette from MN
Frozen since 5/10/12
Loc: Fort Lauderdale, FL
|Posted: 12/31/2012 1:31:41 PM|I have definitely had my phases of not scrapbooking. Life does that to you sometimes. Take some scrappy time off, read a book or find another creative outlet! When your ready just scrap again and it will be like being with your best friend
|Beth at Scrapping Wonders
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|Posted: 12/31/2012 3:35:03 PM|
like every one is stating, going through the slump is normal. when i don't feel the mood to scrap, i'm normally in to another hobby of my like reading or photography. when i am tired of one or the other, i will feel the need to scrap. sometime those little exciting thing in life make we want to scrap it. when i am really not feeling the mood of scrapping but i want try to scrap, i look at blogs, pinterest (my fav), or here at two peas for inspiration; that normally gets my creative juices flowing.
|Posted: 1/1/2013 2:40:08 PM|
Sure I do, I think I'm tired of it right now. I have people ask me to go to LSS all the time and I just don't want to. If I said yes I'd have to pick pictures, paper, embellishments, journaling and titles. Then I have to pack, load, unpack, pack, load and unload again. Way easier to stay at home scrapping or not.
Right now I'm making Christmas cards. Yes it's after the holiday I know. For the past month I have enjoying using my supplies and making cards for 2012 and now 2013. I plan on giving away stacks to others to send out (as early Christmas gifts). It does not feel like a chore this way as I have months and months do get this done. I'm being creative, and using my supplies fulfills me.
By the way I'd never get rid of my stuff. I plan on working on this for years to come even if I take breaks. I just occasionally challenge myself to use an older product or tool.
Taking a break is not a bad thing, I think you'll enjoy it more if you allow yourself time off from this hobby.
Loc: State of cultural confusion. Yeehaw and Aloha have collided!
|Posted: 1/1/2013 4:20:50 PM|
I have several hobbies. ALL of them at one time or another go by the way side for an extended period. Might be a year, or in some cases a decade. But eventually I pick them back up again.
When I know for sure a hobby has lost my interest for the foreseeable future I might purge out the consumables like fabric or patterned paper because color and patterns will change so much but I keep my tools. That way when I am ready to pick it up again I still have the tools which are usually the biggest investment.