In Wednesday's Pajama Party, Stacy Julian and I had a blast acting as your hosts for 90 minutes of prizes, pj's, and projects.
One audience questions that we answered live on air was from SelenaTX: "What is your best advice when your creativity seems lost?"
Stacy had a fabulous answer about going shopping for vintage treasures, which you can watch by registering for the Pajama Party here, then logging into the classroom and clicking the Archive link. Once there, you can watch the entire broadcast and access the complete chat transcript, along with all of the handouts and downloads.
My answer was about simply doing something different from what I normally do.
I entered the scrapbooking hobby and world through my love of writing. Some people start because they love photographs, or because they enjoy crafting and creating things with their hands. So, sometimes when I'm feeling low on memory-keeping inspiration, I try to do something creative that's NOT directly related to writing or scrapbooking.
When I spotted this book online, I had to have it. Come on, 75 creative exercises from 18 artists? I'm in! Plus, the cover is totally my "happy colors," a concept I learned about from Stacy J. herself. It's technically still on pre-order status, but I pre-ordered mine months ago and it's already here. It's by Jenny Doh from crescendoh.com. Motto: Art saves. (Maybe we should convince her to teach a class at BigPictureClasses.com, eh?)
One night recently, as I mentioned in the Pajama Party broadcast, I stayed up until nearly 3:00 a.m. happily sketching and doodling ideas from this book. And I didn't wake up exhausted the next morning, as I do when I'm up that late working. I woke up energized and happy, and I couldn't wait to run into my office to check out my doodles.
Thanks to an exercise from artist Dinara Mirtalipova (great name!), I drew this:
And inspired by designer Teesha Moore, I sketched the gem below, representing Stacy and me in the Pajama Party. You can actually download a version of this one that you can color (and upload to the Pajama Party gallery for a chance to win a $125 prize from Close to My Heart!) inside the Pajama Party classroom.