What to do when your mojo is gone?

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Posted 3/21/2013 by PaigeTaylorEvans in General Scrappin'

Garden Girl

PeaNut 85,774
May 2003
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Posted: 3/21/2013 2:27:47 PM
There's one week every month that I don't have as many work milestones and can get my scrapping assignments done. BUT, my mojo is gone! Where do you turn (besides the awesome 2peas gallery of course ) to get inspiration? Pinterest is always an awesome source - any others I should know about?

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July 2002
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Posted: 3/21/2013 2:36:29 PM
I always watch the free 2 Peas classes. I also Google sketch sites to get more inspiration.

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PeaNut 427,211
June 2009
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Posted: 3/21/2013 2:36:52 PM
watch some of the awesome "free" vidoes here at Two Peas. Purchase one of the workshops or watch some YouTube videos where you can find some great inspiration and motivation.

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PeaNut 110,614
October 2003
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Posted: 3/21/2013 2:37:55 PM
Have you tried flipping through your own albums and/or reading what you wrote on those pages? I find browsing my existing pages strangely motivating and often find myself scrapping a page that fills in a gap in the overall story.

Otherwise I like to flip through my photos and see what photos grab my attention.

Hope your mojo finds you quickly.

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PeaNut 576,951
January 2013
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Loc: Aberdeen, UK

Posted: 3/21/2013 2:42:30 PM
I take a look of the new toys I didn't have time to play with and try them. Maybe watch a video on youtube for use I didn't think about.



PeaNut 528,470
November 2011
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Loc: Irvine, California

Posted: 3/21/2013 3:07:20 PM
I will take a class...usually online by someone I find inspiring. When I lose my mojo, I go back through my Amy Tan classes for inspiration. Good luck!!

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PeaNut 327,188
July 2007
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Loc: Ohio

Posted: 3/21/2013 3:44:42 PM
Let me know when you find your mojo because maybe mine is with it. Just can't get back into it. I have all these ideas but seems like I just don't take the time.


PeaNut 572,333
November 2012
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Posted: 3/21/2013 4:12:43 PM
I go do something totally different. Sometimes you just have to get away from it to come back to it! I was feeling the same this morning so I went and did some errands which included returning some items at a dept. store. I wasn't looking for inspiration, but because we are creative we see it everywhere and I saw this cute little girl's sweater. The color combinations were so inspiring down to the choice of buttons!! -Evie

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PeaNut 33,266
March 2002
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Posted: 3/21/2013 4:31:51 PM
I try to do other things for a while so I don't end up thinking so hard. Otherwise I start obsessing over the fact that I can't create. LOL! I like browsing blogs, Pinterest and even looking back at some of my work to see if something gives me an aha kind of moment. Sometimes I sort photos, sometimes I look at my new supplies. It's different every time.

I hope your mojo comes back soon, Paige!

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PeaNut 123,471
January 2004
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Posted: 3/21/2013 4:36:30 PM
I also change it up. If I'm going overload on making embellishments, I'll switch and make some cards, tags, a mini album. I also love to look at splitcoaststampers gallery. They have gorgeous talented stuff there! Or I'll browse through manufacture blogs. All I have to do is pull up doodlebug's blog, or webster's pages and it's all happy eye candy! Inspiring!

Also, look on ebay or etsy under scrapbook pages, or paper piecing, or handmade cards. Alot of talent on those two sites also.


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November 2008
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Posted: 3/21/2013 4:44:53 PM
I check out pinterest. I also just sometimes take a break for a few days. Eventually it comes back.

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PeaNut 553,290
May 2012
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Posted: 3/21/2013 7:27:19 PM
I feel as though my MoJo has been really low for the last few months and even though I have plenty of pictures and lots of new supplies,it is taking me for ever to make a LO that I am happy with. I have resorted to making lots of cards right now that are quick and easy and I feel good about. I really need to find my mojo as I have a new DGD and three other GC who I want to have beautiful scrapbooks to show them when they get alittle older. One thing I do ,is to look at my older pages that I love and scrap lift them!!! Good luck on getting your mojo back.

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May 2010
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Posted: 3/21/2013 8:26:05 PM
I go to company blogs like Doodlebug or Pebbles and see how they use some of the products I own and it gives me ideas and motivation. Also sometimes I will look through my supplies and that usually gets me excited to use it.


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September 2001
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Posted: 3/21/2013 8:35:18 PM
I find lots of inspo in the gallery and videos here. The most bookmarked section of the gallery has some awesome ideas: I like looking at the bits and pieces instead of looking at the overall LO itself. Kind of like a magnified closeup: one embellie or element is all it takes to get the mojo kickstarted. Sometimes I scaplift myself if I'm really stuck. HTH


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October 2002
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Posted: 3/21/2013 8:38:23 PM
Along with gallery bookmarks and Pinterest, a go-to place for me is my friend's sketch blog. It's a great way to jumpstart a page. Sometimes all I need is that little push to get going.

A sort of weird way that I find works when my mojo is gone-I take a photo that is not important and scrap it. It takes the pressure off!

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February 2001
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Loc: Adelaide, Australia

Posted: 3/21/2013 8:40:26 PM
Galleries, Pinterest, scrapping and craft blogs. They help
Me out every time.

Hooroo! & Happy Scrapping !!
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January 2009
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Loc: Sunny Florida

Posted: 3/21/2013 10:14:38 PM
I like to take a few weeks off from Scrapbooking from time to time ; trick is if you have assignments get them done when the mojo is flowing so you don't have pressure when it's not.

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June 2003
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Posted: 3/21/2013 11:02:33 PM
Shop for more scrapbook supplies. You want to be prepared when the mojo returns, right? Plus, you inevitably find inspiration during the process (e.g. a color combo, certain patterned paper, &/or galleries/store samples that spark creativity)! Best wishes...


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February 2013
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Posted: 3/22/2013 3:48:16 AM
I found Noah scalin book 365: a daily creativity journal to be very inspiring. I think I bookmarked 39 creativity prompts to try in scrapbooking. The one I've been hoping to do involved having a map on a page.


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April 2002
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Posted: 3/22/2013 8:55:46 AM
I usually come here to watch the new videos or look thru the gallery. Lots of times I'll go back thru my notes (yes, I take notes ) that I've taken on the daily videos here and some of Shimelle's classes.
If that doesn't work, then I (hanging head here) buy some more paper. Maria

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April 2010
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Posted: 3/22/2013 9:18:45 AM
I get out my photos--always inspiring.

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February 2003
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Loc: Southern California

Posted: 3/22/2013 9:23:22 AM
I have many online places to boost mojo, the best of which is Two Peas. So, realistically, I can't see my lack of mojo causing scrap freeze anytime soon. I would just not scrap and not sweat it if that did happen, actually.
What did happen very recently is that my computer had a virus and was in the shop for a few days. It was VERY HARD for me to scrap a completely original idea. I did so on two layouts, and they're OK, but I don't think I like them as much as those inspired by my collection of online sketches, sketches I have on PDF (and therefore only on my computer) and the Two Peas gallery for more ideas. So, I actually did less scrapping than normal during those few days.

Another thing that may happen for me is that while I was completely motivated to complete a layout, when it is "done" I look at it and think "blah." What I find best there is to not agonize about that, but feel free to add more or change things up when bigger inspirations come my way.

What are you looking at?

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August 2010
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Posted: 3/22/2013 9:30:23 AM
I usually come here, check out Pinterest, check out my favorite scrappy blogs, and listen to Paperclipping Roundtable. It always makes me want to scrap!


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June 2010
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Posted: 3/22/2013 9:47:38 AM
I'm going through that now...partly from work stress but mostly due to a painful break up this week.

However, in the past I've found just reorganizing my stash to see what I have and what I've forgotten gets me feeling creative again. In addition to looking at galleries, blogs, Pinterest, etc.

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August 2006
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Posted: 3/22/2013 9:58:51 AM
I stopped scrapping for awhile. It was so hard to start again, but what helped me most was arranging scrapping dates with a friend or two. We meet at the LSS, where we are surrounded by fun layouts by design team members, and lots of pretty papers & other products.

When I struggled, my friends and staff were there to make suggestions. I got my mojo back pretty quick.

Also, sometimes getting new pictures printed that I am excited about really helps, too. Then I go find pretty papers, and it's easy from there.

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April 2002
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Posted: 3/23/2013 7:28:23 AM
Besskinn, sorry you're having a crappy week - you need a girlfriend's nite out! Stop reorganizing your sb stuff for a little while and go out with your friends. (Playing darts is very therapeutic.) See a funny movie, have a drink (or 2), and take pictures and make a l/o about it the next day. Hope you have a good weekend. Maria
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