PRT061 – Access Your Creativity

Do you have routines that help you feel more creative? Come listen to our discussion all about our different modes of creativity…

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  • Wordoc

    OK I haven’t even listened to this (and won’t until tomorrow) but two things:
    1. Yay! A new one!!
    2. Yay! Tami Morrison and Ana Cabrera!! Awesomeness.

    Now, having done some advance cheerleading, all I have to say is…this better be worth what I paid for it ;)

    Thanks, guys! Looking forward to listening to this tomorrow.

    Seanna (Non-Schmo)

  • ROFL!

    Thanks for the laughs! :)

  • pennyshilling

    Loved the show once again, lots of laughs Thank you!
    Re the phone apps for iPhone.. well I’m just plain jellycaked too! LOL Just hanging out now till I can purchase one these babies when my contract runs out for my existing Nokia N97 (the original not the mini.. which proved to be a real dud except for the great camera.)

    I am totally re inspired creatively right now moving all my digi supplies to Light Room as per the fabulous free class over at Digital Scrapbooking 101 with Kayla Lamoreaux. Whilst this is a huge, huge task, I am just loving seeing all my digi stuff beautifully organised and so easy to access for scrapping. I am finding so many great kits, elements, etc that I had totally lost track of an now can’t wait to get scrapping with these ‘new’ treasures. I now feel that I have control over my supplies finally and this is so freeing allowing my creativity to flow.

  • YAY!

  • Patty

    Hiya ladies and gents. It is the jelly cake non iPhone user again:). Just wanted to thank you guys, you had me laughing on the train into work today while you read and commented on my comment. Thank you Anna for the recommendations, I will be looking into them. I find all of you very resourceful in every show, and just because you guys love your Apples I am not gonna hate, lol. I actually have to tell you a little secret, my next laptop is gonna be a Mac Pro, I am ready to Mac it up. Then I will be able to go back and listen to all your tips, tricks and Apple geared programs. The phone on the other hand, well until my two year contract is over with Tmobile, no iphone in my future. Thank you again:)

    Hope you have a great day
    Patty
    Coloredsprinkles.blogspot.com

    Patty
    Coloredsprinkles.blogspot.com

  • Wendy O.

    Thanks for the laughs!!!

  • Hee hee! I’m so glad you had fun with that!

    Woo hoo on the Mac Pro! It’s an amazing computer! BTW I heard AT&T bought
    TMobile. If that’s true, I wonder if iPhones will soon have a TMobile
    plan?????

  • Noell are you a runner?? I was so excited to hear that your exercise keeps you creative because that’s exactly what happens with me! I also exercise every day and while I run I can feel creative energy flowing through my blood. I usually dream up all sorts of projects and even though I only follow through with a few of them, I love the dreaming part.

    I am so curious to know if you also run!

    Jenn

  • Noell are you a runner?? I was so excited to hear that your exercise keeps you creative because that’s exactly what happens with me! I also exercise every day and while I run I can feel creative energy flowing through my blood. I usually dream up all sorts of projects and even though I only follow through with a few of them, I love the dreaming part.

    I am so curious to know if you also run!

    Jenn

  • Patty

    I always love listening to you guys:) At&t is buying out T-Mobile, not sure of exact date but its gonna happen. Its gonna be called At&t mobile.

    Here is a joke I heard about this merger.
    At&t is marrying T-Mobile there will be no reception to follow! LOL
    Sorry another long day at work today:)
    And yes, yay for the Mac Pro. Buying it off my boss, its about a year and a half old, cannot wait.

  • LOL love that joke, sad but probably true

  • Yes and no, but YES I know exactly what you mean abt running and getting all kinds of idea bursts. I’m convinced that running produces a release of endorphins b/c I’ve usually had euphoric feelings once I get going.

    I also believe the creative effects last throughout the entire day, from running and from other exercises.

    The reason I said yes and no to whether I’m a runner – I’m only running once a week right now and for a much shorter time. I’ve found that I can do 30 kettle bell swings 3x /week and get better results than from running. The only reason I run that once is so I don’t lose my ability to run well!

    But I’ve even found that the kettlebell swings maintain my ability to run.

    Anyway — kudos from one creative runner to another!

  • Yes and no, but YES I know exactly what you mean abt running and getting all kinds of idea bursts. I’m convinced that running produces a release of endorphins b/c I’ve usually had euphoric feelings once I get going.

    I also believe the creative effects last throughout the entire day, from running and from other exercises.

    The reason I said yes and no to whether I’m a runner – I’m only running once a week right now and for a much shorter time. I’ve found that I can do 30 kettle bell swings 3x /week and get better results than from running. The only reason I run that once is so I don’t lose my ability to run well!

    But I’ve even found that the kettlebell swings maintain my ability to run.

    Anyway — kudos from one creative runner to another!

  • Love that joke!! Rofl thx for sharing!

  • Jana NJ

    Is Nancy not doing news anymore? I haven’t heard anything from her about all the madness out there with the latest Provocraft law suit. Which includes a boycott Provocraft facebook fan page .

  • Fivebrides

    I love love Scrapbooking and have been doing so for 11years. I am always inspired. I have never lost my mojo. I think the reason for this is b/c I don’t follow any kind of routine. I don’t scrapbook on a regular basis but I still seem to get lots done. I prefer to work in junks of time like Ana. I also like to leave my shopping in bags or put them away and let them marinade too! Scrapbooking is fun. Inspiration is literally everywhere! When the mood or timing aligns then I head into my space and delve in. Like others mentioned, there are other things that are fun to explore as well. It’s a challenge to fit it all into life. I was going to go back to horseback riding a few years ago. It didn’t happen. And recently a bunch of felting stuff landed in my lap. So many directions to go in! I wonder if the felting will ever take off. Maybe crocheting flowers would be a better idea? Oh, the possibilities are endless!

  • I found this post today about photo apps for androids: http://www.theconstantscrapper.com/great-android-photo-apps/
    I am a free phone with contract kind of girl, but will probably bite the bullet and upgrade to smart phone when my contract is up in a few months. I do have an ipod touch though, so I like hearing about new apps to check out.

  • We should hang out some time! :)

  • And another droid app list: http://throughthecameralens.typepad.com/creations/2011/03/theres-a-droid-app-for-that.html
    Sorry, I’m taking Shimelle’s Blogging for Scrapbookers, so I’m finding all these wonderful new blogs and thought you might like these two posts! :)

  • Thank you for both lists!

  • listening to this now and I have to say that even though I’m not done this makes me realize all the little bits & pieces of scrapping I do without thinking of it that way. I work from home & my office is (gasp!) also my scrap room. Yes, it creates issues with focus at my day job. But I feel that I have that creative flow going all day long. What I need to do though is to focus more on the walking thru my office when I have the inspiration more than I do. I do walk in/out of my office during my non-work hours, just to move paper, look thru embellishments and focus on the NEXT layout which is in process on the scrap table behind my desk. And yes, I listen to the roundtable during my workday. I feel like I have some friends in my office, besides my cat and dog :) which also keeps my creative ideas going too.

  • Karen

    I am finding that using my “Magnetic Poetry” kit for my fridge really gets the creative juices flowing. Something about the randomness of putting seemingly disparate words together and coming up with something cool (well, most of the time!) shows me how powerful it is sometimes to just play without too much thinking.

    I also use my iPod to play music that inspires me and that helps me move into my creative groove.

    Lastly, I sometimes close my eyes and imagine how good I’ll feel when I’ve created something–anything.

  • Hi, guys!! I loved this week’s episode, as usual. :)

    You invited us to jump in with our ideas on the discussion topic, so I thought I’d share my approach on getting my creativity going.

    The first step for me is to not even *think* the word “creative” when I start to scrapbook. It feels like I’m putting pressure on myself to make my best work ever, which is the best way I’ve found to actually shut my urge to scrapbook down. Instead, I think of it as a process and take it step by step as if I were following a recipe or instructions for a task (albeit an enjoyable one!). As I’m making a page, I simply go through the steps as if I were checking off items on a list…select pictures? Check. Chose a sketch? Check. Pick out papers and embellishments? Check…and so on.

    This is also helpful because sometimes I only feel like doing one part of the process. If I’m in the mood to work with photos, I’ll edit and print enough for several layouts at a sitting. If I only feel like playing with product, I’ll usually pack a bunch of layout page kits. If I feel like sticking pieces of paper together, I’ll pull out some page kits and assemble pages. Usually the only time I create a layout from start to finish is if it’s for an assignment or I’m working on a deadline. Otherwise, I find that breaking down the steps and batching them really helps me make better pages since I only work on the parts that I’m inspired to do at a given time.

    I also totally agree with Nancy- organizing my supplies is a great way to get myself in the mood to scrap, and I’ll often set my iPhone timer for 15 minutes and work on an organizational task (there always seems to be one) in my scrap room before I sit down to actually work on layouts.

    Thanks so much for another great, thought-provoking episode!

  • Angela

    I’m with Ana. Some of us have a different time clock. I usually scrap at night. If I was not a nurse working the night shift, I would be working the night shift at an ampm-7/11 mini-marrket making coffee at the crack of dawn :) we need to have a dawn patrol scrap club.

  • Katie Scott

    Hello Paperclippers:

    1. My 7 year old daughter has been trying to get me to buy PajamaJeans for months and she has made me watch the infommercial several times – she is convinced they would be perfect for me. Guess I need to spend some more time on the stepper! P.S. My kids also think we should REALLY get the emory board scratch post thing for the cats nails (and we don’t have cats). Yes, we do watch tv.

    2. Nancy: Show Idea: Geneology & Scrapbooking. My family has been interested in geneology for a long time and my father and grandfather traced our family back to the 1300s in Scotland, both my dad and grandfather passed away about the same time my children were born and while I inhereted all of the family history documents, research and photos, I haven’t really had the time to go through that stuff until now. I just joined Ancestry.com and made a scrapbook page to prove to my daughter that we are actually Irish – and traced it back to see that her great-great-great-great grandparents were born in Cork, Ireland. I put than on a page that you can see on my blog here: http://kissandtellscrapbooking.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/03/ancestrycom-scrapbooking.html. Nancy, I know that you are a geneologist and, obviously, a scrapbooker. I would love to hear what you have to say about incorporating your family history into your scrapbooking and also love to hear about where beginner geneologists with not a ton of time can go online to get more information about their family history. I think that Becky Higgins might be a good show guest for that one – I think she has maybe done something with Ancestry.com?

    3. I always love when Ana Cabrera is on and I enjoyed hearing Tami Morrison on the show last week – she and I were in the “live audience” of the 1st Paperclipping Roundtable in Orlando in the summer of 2009.

    :) Katie Scott.

  • Scrappybarb

    Great, fun show! Super ideas for the keeping the scrappy mojo! I really took to heart the comment Noell made (that she got from Nancy) about work time being work time and when it is over, time to create. A lightbulb moment for me. I am planing my week around what has to get done and working in some crafty time every day. Hopefully, that will help with avoiding work procrastination.

    I love when Ana is on! I drink the Apple Kool-ade so I don’t mind the iphone, ipad, Macbook conversations. Wonderful chemistry on this show, and that made for many laughs.

  • Fivebrides

    Why not? I have a soul sister back east. Why not one in phoenix too!!

  • Mel

    Hey guys, great and funny show as ever.

    Not related really to this episode but I wanted to ask about style. I love messy artsy wild style but can’t do it! In life I am a total messy girl but on my LO’s I end up being very clean and simple not quite as clean as Cathy Z but almost. It’s like, I have all the supplies but end up with plain cardstock a couple of pieces of patterned paper and maybe three embelishments. I just can’t bring myself to ‘mess’ it up a bit.

    Have you and the panel got any ideas or suggestions about the best way to go about tweaking your style. What about a step by step getting inside the head of one of the artsy panel members?

    I listen every week and I’m sure you have covered this over the months and I am a subscriber and love your tutorials Noell and I know the easiest thing to do is just DO IT but eek………..

    Mel

  • Hey, Katie, I love your new masthead! (It’s new, right? The header on your
    blog? I don’t remember it from before!).

    That’s fun seeing your page! I think this is a really interesting idea. I’ll
    add it to the possible topics list and make sure Nancy sees it. :)

  • Steph H.

    Here’s a quick way to find out about Windows phone apps:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/apps/default.aspx

    HTH