Consumed with Creativity

by jessicaturner on October 20, 2008

So after my scrapbooking filled weekend, I am consumed with wanting to create more. I didn’t scrapbook much when I was pregnant, and then have been busy getting the mom thing down, and so it has basically been a year since I have scrapbooked on a regular basis. Well no more! I am committed to making creating things and chronicling stories a more regular part of my life. (Now, I just need to get as commited to reading my bible on a daily basis, right?)

These are the things I am doing to help me get back in my creative groove.

  • Big Picture Scrapbooking Class – I am currently enrolled in Product Playground Two – The Albums. While I have yet to do one of the albums (we are on week two), it has been great fuel for my creative brain. For instance, week one was all about edges and I used a bunch of scallopped pages and elements in the pages I created this weekend (see Sunday’s post). I am hoping to get an album done while my mom is here. (I am anticipating lots of time to do things with my hands since Nana wants to hold and play with Elias non-stop).
  • Daily calendar writing – I have a calendar hanging in Elias’s room where I try to write something at least every other day about what he is doing, interested in, happenings of his day, etc. It is easy and I know I will go back and be thankful for the little things that are recorded.
  • Jessica Sprague class– Jessica is a fabulous scrapbooker, particularly in the digital realm. She is offering a free class on her site all about telling your story (you know this topic is a big passion of mine). I signed up today and encourage you to do so as well. You don’t have to be a scrapbooker to take this class, so no excuses!
  • Week in the Life – I participated in Ali’s week in the life challenge, but I am so not into putting together my album. I don’t know why. I think I feel like I didn’t write down enough and it just isn’t going to turn out as perfectly as I want. I know this is a terrible attitude, but it is how I feel. lol. What I might do instead is just take a few photos from each of the days and make a simple mini album. I would like to do a full out album like Ali’s, but that just isn’t going to happen with the week that I shot. Maybe I will do it again in a week or two. I am grateful though for all the pictures I took during that week and know I will do SOMETHING, just not the project as I originally intended. And that is okay with me.
  • Mini Albums – I have a BUNCH of mini albums that I made, but then never filled with pictures/journaling. I have committed to myself that I will complete them by the end of 2008. I want 2009 to start fresh!

What are you doing to be creative lately?

Tomorrow post will include new pics of Elias – I promise. :)

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Angie Smith October 20, 2008 at 4:34 pm

making burpers for my godson.




Simone October 20, 2008 at 4:52 pm

I just got back from a weekend scrap retreat at the most inspirational place (lots of scenery, creative company, fun scrapping toys to share). I got 41 pages done!


Karen October 20, 2008 at 5:07 pm

i also participated in Ali’s a Week in the Life but also have not been really into putting together the album. Some of my week included a few days of my vacation so that would work out but not sure about the rest. i will have to think on it a bit!


Still Cross Photography October 20, 2008 at 6:26 pm

I am enjoying turning one of my all time favorite hobbies into a dream come true! Photography!!! You are oh so creative with all of your work, great job!


Christi October 20, 2008 at 6:27 pm

I’m taking a big picture scrapbooking class too…but I’m taking the Recipes for Scrapbook Success one with May Flaum. I’m loving it and getting so much inspiration! Only getting time to do 1 layout a week – we’re on week 3 in the class – but that’s actually good for me. Life is busy.

Thanks for sharing the free class with Jessica Spraugue. I’ve signed up for it too. And I’m loving her website. Good stuff! Also loved your recent scrapbook pages. You are so talented. I’m working on my skills and love the look of your layouts, gives me so many ideas.


Sara October 20, 2008 at 6:31 pm

I’m actually having a hard time deciding about a Week in the Life album as well… once I put it together for the blog I felt like I was finished. But I think that’s me just chickening out because I know mine won’t look like Ali’s… :)

My creativity? A few canvases :) But I do need to get a move on my scrapbooking…I’ve gotten way behind since I started the blog. I may need to set a few goals for myself and kick myself back into gear…

And really, Jessica… not ONE photo of Elias could have fit today’s post?!? :) [That was just me channeling your mother…]


Anonymous October 21, 2008 at 2:44 am

I anticipate being a creative NANA this weekend….Elias will barely see your face….so Scrap-away!!!!


nana October 21, 2008 at 2:45 am

oops that was me


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