21 August 2008

Here's a layout...

...that I don't love:

It's hard to get a good picture, because of the reflection on the transparencies. I don't know what has been up lately, but my mojo has been kinda sucking big balls. That little love card turns on the brad to reveal a journaling spot, which I reserved for D to write about his trips with the Bear to the Beach. He hasn't done it yet, though :P I used paint to adhere the circle transparency, and staples on the frame. Maybe it's because I am not in love with the pic (though it *is* a cool one--see the Boston skyline in the background), or because I have already done a lo using photos from this very day, but I just had a hard time getting inspired.

Now that I have finished Bear's Year One Scrapbook, I find myself at somewhat of a loss as far as what to scrap. I haven't gotten pictures printed in forever, either, and the ones I have been printing myself come out kinda dark. I have two huge batches of pictures to work from, Bear's 1st birthday party and our family reunion trip to the lake in July, but I haven't been inspired to start either one. I think I have gotten over-saturated with technique lately, and that sort of freezes me up creatively. It's like I get too focused on trying to make it look a certain way, and lose touch with the playful part of creating, more product centered vs process, when it should be the other way around. And it totally doesn't help that I am a perfectionist, and so I am really impatient with the learning curve of trying out these new things. Something I have been working on is reconciling the image that is in my head with the one that ends up on paper. I mean, it is so rare that they actually match, I sort have given up on trying. Or just going with what is in front of me, seeing where that takes me, as opposed to having a specific end-point in mind and getting frustrated when I can't achieve it.

I will post my submission for the first prompt over at The Creative Type later today, and it's a good example of just going with what was in front of me. I used the concert posters for inspo, but I didn't pick 'one' that I tried to emulate--I knew that would squelch my creativity. So what I came up with is pretty funky, but I had fun making it, and it makes me smile.

So stay tuned...

6 comments:

The Creative Type said...

Cannot wait to see!! Now im off to do some work...........

caro said...

lovely to meet you! I see you blog with Sharmaine too....

and yes, my passenger is my 4 year old son & he's about 15kg's now. Whew!!

Lori W said...

love the thoughts today....I feel the same way so often. So many new things to try, that I get overwhelmed and don't do anything! keep it up, keep trying, keep creating...I love your stuff and the inspiration will return!
<3 Lori :)

deathbycaffeine said...

I can't wait to see your submission. I was thinking about working on the prompt. So, I'd love to see what you come up with.

Thanks for visiting!! :)
Marjorie
HarajukuChic @SIS

Chez said...

awww yer mojo went AWOL. No wonder you are so mean to it! :P

I love the LO, I think it's the waves..! Mandy did something similar and I totally loved that too.

Can't wait to see your type!

PetiteCheri said...

I hear you about being a perfectionist and struggling with what's in your head vs what's on paper. I love the way your page turned out, I am sure it was freeing for you to let go and just create. :0)