What do you do when you get stuck on a LO?

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Posted 1/25/2013 by summerbellies in General Scrappin'

Drama Pea

PeaNut 70,463
February 2003
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Posted: 1/25/2013 10:51:57 PM
I've been stuck on this thing for about two hours tonight and nothing's getting me out of this rut...

I've tried Pinterest and the GG gallery and reg peas and I'm tired of staring at it. I think I went too randomly monochromatic and I'm not yet the best when it comes to grouping embellies so I think this LO just needs to be pulled together. The photos are too cute to not scrap.

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PeaNut 113,955
October 2003
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Layouts: 29

Posted: 1/25/2013 10:58:02 PM
I'll walk away for a bit and come back to it later. If I still can't get it to work, I'll remove the pictures and start again

Good Luke!


PeaNut 501,296
March 2011
Posts: 868
Layouts: 10
Loc: Minnesota

Posted: 1/26/2013 12:23:48 AM
Walk away! Even leave it overnight and go back to it tomorrow. Sometimes a break can give me a fresh eye.

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PeaNut 114,614
November 2003
Posts: 22,668
Layouts: 499
Loc: Ontario, Canada

Posted: 1/26/2013 12:44:22 AM
Think about why I'm stuck.

No good story to tell?
Story doesn't go with the photo colour/style/feel?
Can't think of a title.
No design ideas?
Paper choices sucking.
Needs something and I don't know what.
Page design/flow not working.
Just ugly.

Figuring out what I am stuck on helps get unstuck. Getting unstuck sometimes needs:

A break.
Change a photo.
Pick one little story to tell. Sometimes I want to do too much.
Rearrange the pieces. Flip tip for bottom, side for side.
Turn layout 90 degrees.
Turn layout another 90 degrees.
Just pick something and do it!!

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PeaNut 473,951
July 2010
Posts: 2,011
Layouts: 104

Posted: 1/26/2013 1:02:09 AM
Sleeping on it does wonders for me lately. I often wake up with the solution to whatever is bugging me about the LO. I guess I'm brilliant when unconscious.

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PeaNut 81,992
April 2003
Posts: 1,218
Layouts: 23
Loc: Jersey

Posted: 1/26/2013 1:43:01 AM
Another vote for walk away, and come back with fresh eyes. Do something else in the meantime


PeaNut 538,438
January 2012
Posts: 44
Layouts: 0

Posted: 1/26/2013 1:49:33 AM
Walk away
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PeaNut 272,058
August 2006
Posts: 1,367
Layouts: 0
Loc: New Jersey

Posted: 1/26/2013 9:30:24 AM
I haven't done this too often, but a few times I've needed to just put it on a shelf and try to forget about it for a while, move on to another layout that I either have great, solid ideas for or new and inspiring products, that will gratify me with a good creative experience. Sometimes it's taken weeks for the idea to finally hit me, but when it has its been worth the wait and I was grateful that I hadn't forced it, or stopped creating while waiting for it to hit me


PeaNut 561,930
July 2012
Posts: 177
Layouts: 7
Loc: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Posted: 1/26/2013 9:39:35 AM
Walk away, work on something else or just watch TV. Sometimes the best thing to do when that happens is to do nothing at all

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PeaNut 574,604
December 2012
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Posted: 1/26/2013 10:03:00 AM
Sleep on it.

If that doesn't work, I either put it away to work on it later or I start over completely.


PeaNut 522,298
September 2011
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Layouts: 0

Posted: 1/26/2013 10:03:10 AM
I add MME enamel dots and arrow wood veneers and then all is right in the world again...I have also been known to walk away too

Gone Walkabout

PeaNut 4,068
April 2000
Posts: 10,438
Layouts: 214
Loc: Aussie in SC. USA

Posted: 1/26/2013 10:45:52 AM
second on what Ashley said.

There have been multiple times I've ended up adding something that was sitting on my table that didn't work for another layout.

If nothing works after awhile, walking away or working on another layout helps. Sometimes you just need to take a break and get your creativity going again.

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 395,153
October 2008
Posts: 10,537
Layouts: 139
Loc: Here

Posted: 1/26/2013 10:48:13 AM
I take a break. I've had some great "Ah-ha!" moments when I come back to a page the next day. A lot of times that involves changing out some of the supplies or the design I used though.


PeaNut 272,779
August 2006
Posts: 49
Layouts: 27
Loc: Elk Grove

Posted: 1/26/2013 10:51:43 AM
Watch TV and serch the net! Usually an ieda pops into my head and the LO always is better then I had thought of in the first place!

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Dabbling in Digi

PeaNut 65,255
January 2003
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Loc: Behind a laptop in the Pacific Northwest

Posted: 1/26/2013 12:02:37 PM
another vote for walk away and come back later. But if it's the monochromatic theme that's stumping you add a splash of color.

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PeaNut 508,466
May 2011
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Loc: Sweden

Posted: 1/26/2013 1:19:53 PM
Great suggestions, biochemipea.

I'm a 'walk away' and sleep on it person.


PeaNut 217,769
August 2005
Posts: 1,056
Layouts: 18
Loc: NY

Posted: 1/26/2013 4:23:34 PM
I'll work on another page or walk away. I can't be held up...lol

Sarah Webb

PeaNut 252,062
March 2006
Posts: 1,413
Layouts: 379
Loc: Ontario, Canada

Posted: 1/26/2013 6:13:44 PM
I also agree with Ashley's input. I would even suggest setting it aside and moving on to something else; if you are really feeling the need to create. I will sometimes create a card or start a new page and then come back to it.

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PeaNut 272,954
August 2006
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Layouts: 26

Posted: 1/26/2013 7:50:39 PM
I walk away from it for awhile. Sometimes as long as two weeks.

I look online, try to see if something can spark an idea of what to do different.

Usually I can come back and either finish it or fix it and continue.

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Amiee Murphy

PeaNut 306,126
March 2007
Posts: 88
Layouts: 14
Loc: Massachusetts

Posted: 1/26/2013 7:52:46 PM
Set it aside... for as long as it takes... get crafty with something else and take a look at it again.


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PeaNut 15,878
May 2001
Posts: 25,921
Layouts: 71
Loc: LI, NY

Posted: 1/26/2013 7:55:36 PM
Lift yourself! Take a LO of yours that you really loved and start from there. Sometimes just taking a break will help.

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PeaNut 70,644
February 2003
Posts: 19,346
Layouts: 785
Loc: Southern California

Posted: 1/26/2013 11:19:07 PM
I move on. Sometimes my layouts are photos, pattern paper, title and joruanling. And I'm OK with that. Other times, I figure out something great to do with an embellishment. That might be before I move on, it might be months later. I refuse to change layouts that are more than a year old.

I don't have a Garden Girl supply cache, so I usually can't cluster things like they do. It's great when I can, but not every layout has to be awesome.


PeaNut 570,639
October 2012
Posts: 2,808
Layouts: 0
Loc: pea formerly known as GIPfunny

Posted: 1/26/2013 11:27:18 PM
Say screw it, glue it down and move on to the next page
Hence my user name

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PeaNut 268,680
July 2006
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Layouts: 805
Loc: Wisconsin

Posted: 1/27/2013 12:33:15 AM
I walked away from one on my desk right now. I have all the papers cut, but not glued down. I was working on my embellishment clusters and they were becoming to random and busy. I'll go back to it tomorrow and finish it off.

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