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Posted 11/3/2013 by stellintx in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 201,897
April 2005
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Posted: 11/3/2013 9:28:38 PM
Ok, so I have been wanting to do some scrapping, but then I start and just stop. How do you get your inspiration back?



PeaNut 194,194
March 2005
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Posted: 11/3/2013 11:57:08 PM
When this happens to me I just make some little cards, take a stroll through pinterest, paint or watercolor. I find that it always comes back. I get enamored with colors a lot and that gets me wanting to make things! I have ton of inspiration on my blog!


PeaNut 452,482
January 2010
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Loc: Australia

Posted: 11/4/2013 12:57:52 AM
Sorry I have no words of wisdom lol I am the same..I get all excited, go to scrap and there is a like a blockage and I stop So I have replied just so I can find the post and see what others do

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PeaNut 110,614
October 2003
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Posted: 11/4/2013 2:00:05 AM
Although I find scrappy videos and pinterest can be helpful, sometimes it just draws my attention away instead. I have found that my best course of action is to sit down with one of my scrapbooks and I usually find the juices start flowing again. And if all else fails, I'll come across a layout I really love in my albums and just scraplift it.

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PeaNut 276,447
September 2006
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Loc: New England

Posted: 11/4/2013 5:54:12 AM
scraplifts, sketches, challenges, organization of supplies, and most of all LOOKING THROUGH YOUR PHOTOS!! Hope that helps, we all get dry spells. Good luck!

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PeaNut 579,055
January 2013
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Posted: 11/4/2013 6:44:07 AM
I agree with completely with gluemore girl. Also, sometimes having a deadline can be motivating.

Watching videos and looking on Pinterest doesn't work for me, so I do those things if I know I'm not in the mood to create. I will jot down any ideas that may stem from what I'm seeing for a later date.

Good luck getting your mojo back!


PeaNut 100,223
August 2003
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Loc: Utah

Posted: 11/4/2013 7:53:59 AM
Be warned, they're also time wasters - Pinterest and especially YouTube.

Sometimes just going to a Close to my Heart or Stampin Up group with a prearranged project helps too - I make what is basically created, but then I come home and want to use my own stuff with my own ideas (those are usually late nights for me ).

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PeaNut 280,931
October 2006
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Posted: 11/4/2013 8:03:17 AM
2peas videos work for me but also re-organizing, purging or sorting my supplies.


PeaNut 563,248
August 2012
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Posted: 11/4/2013 8:42:47 AM
Sometimes videos can block your inspiration, too.
If your like me you already have pics printed their just waiting to be utilized, if not than pic some to print and than go get your sketches or look for some online. Challenges often have some great sketches that I will use.
But sometimes I start with a sketch or with paper.
Maybe you need to buy something new, that gets my inspiration going every time.
You could make a could by pulling paper, alpha, and embellishments and your pics and scrap until its gone, you dont have to do it all one sitting.
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PeaNut 1,583
October 1999
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Loc: Long Island

Posted: 11/4/2013 8:49:49 AM
There's a challenge thread here at Two Peas. I give away a little scrappy prize to a random player. Lots of inspiration!


I also watch videos to get me motivated.


(both on youtube) inspire me.

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PeaNut 73,242
March 2003
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Loc: right here

Posted: 11/4/2013 9:21:08 AM
I love the STASHBUSTERS challenge. I love looking through the gallery and Pinterest. The best thing for me is to pick out photos, find a page to scraplift , and go through my supplies based on color and theme for the photos. I set my clock for 15 minutes for each process. In other words, I say to myself , pick out a set if photos in 15 minutes. Maybe later on in the day, okay , find a page to lift in 15 minutes..etc. sounds nutty but works for me!


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PeaNut 272,954
August 2006
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Posted: 11/4/2013 9:53:02 AM
Creativity is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets.

Do you stop exercising as soon as you start getting hot and sweaty? No. You hang in there a little longer, usually for a set amount of time.

If I am struggling with a layout, I go back and look through my stash, tools, and stamps again to see if there is something I can add that I have overlooked, or that will help spark the creative juices. If I am really stuck, I set aside the layout and get out different pictures.

I had stopped scrapping for about a year. When I started again, I felt like I had lost my ability to scrap. I only kept at it because I was having scrapping days with friends. Often they could make a suggestion. We scrapped at the LSS -- dangerous, I know, because of the temptation to buy more stuff -- but there were layouts on display that sometimes sparked an idea.

The more that I have scrapped, the more my creativity has come back to me. I still sometimes have to set a layout aside and work on something else for awhile, even if it is just cards, but when I go back to the layout, I can usually get new ideas after having taken a break.

Just keep making the effort. It will get better!

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PeaNut 407,397
January 2009
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Posted: 11/4/2013 1:48:25 PM
I give myself a blog series challenge.

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PeaNut 550,329
April 2012
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Posted: 11/4/2013 2:53:01 PM
Just keep looking dont give up.
I searched pinterest and many other sites and blogs for about a month.
Then I decided to start small... So I worked on a tag.
It didn't come out that great but it was a start.
After about a week I attempted a basic journal. I just completed it and wow! I love it. It helped me get my creative juices flowing again
So my suggestion start small and keep looking for something to just pop out an inspire u.

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