Welcome to Day 21 of the series, FIND your FIT! (To return to the beginning, click here.)
To quote Austin Powers, “I’ve lost my mojo”. My mojo. My creative spark. My passion for scrapbooking. Whatever you want to call it, mine up and disappeared about a year ago. Sure, I still created pages for my workshops every month, but I didn’t scrapbook for the pleasure and enjoyment. Not even once. I felt very discouraged by this fact, and honestly, I felt like a failure.
During that time, I was still out enjoying life with my family and photographing it along the way. I was purchasing supplies because I still liked all of the pretty things. I just wasn’t using them.
Fast forward to today. After dealing with some health issues, I am finally starting to feel like myself again. The creativity is starting to trickle back, and I want to return to my scrap space.
So, here are my tips to help you get your mojo back and not feel like a failure:
Take a step back
Give yourself permission to put scrapbooking aside for a little while. Everything will still be waiting for you when you feel like returning.
Recharge your batteries
Maybe try a different hobby for a little while. Read, garden, knit, draw, make jewelry. Doing something other than scrapbooking will give you a creative outlet without the unnecessary pressure to finish an album or create the perfect page.
Spend time with your photos
If you are coming back after a long break, like I am, you may have lot of photos you haven’t seen for a while. Pick a few to have printed, so you have them in physical (rather than digital) form.
Also, looking through the pictures you haven’t scrapbooked yet may spark ideas or help you remember a story you would like to tell. Let that be your starting point!
Keep a journal
Continue writing down facts and stories while you are on your break. These will come in handy when you decide to start making layouts again.
Reorganize your scrap space
Take some time to clean up your space, purge old supplies, and organize your products. Being able to find what you are looking for when you are ready to get started will help with your productivity.
Read blogs or surf Pinterest for ideas
Seeing other people’s ideas may help to stir up your own. Just don’t get caught in the black hole that is Pinterest and not actually create something yourself!
Remember, scrapbooking is a hobby. It is meant to be fun. There is no pressure to have completed albums full of perfectly crafted pages. Be gentle with yourself if you are not feeling creative, take some time to recharge, and come back when you feel ready. Your photos will be waiting.