Ain't No Shame in the Inspiration Game
I'm a new mom. And by new mom I mean that my daughter is 15 months old and I am still trying to figure out how to do anything beyond sitting beside her and handing her toys while she throws them across the room. There's a curve to this.
But I LOVE to craft. Love it. It makes me happy. Now, before I had a baby I might have had a teeny, tiny little problem with finishing the things I started. Like, I maybe have a whole closet full of stuff that is in some stage of completion, but very few things actually done. There's a curve to that as well.
That's why I love card making. Sure, some cards can take hours to complete, but there are others that you can finish in 20 minutes-ish, and in the end you have a finished project. It's just what I need. But, truth be told, I don't really need help on the time front. Well, actually I do, but that's not really the problem. The problem comes from the fact that I own SO MUCH CRAFTY STUFF. Because while not handing projectile objects to the love of my life, I have a phone linked to the Internet and my Amazon account. You buy things, it happens.
So when I finally find time away from the little darling that is my daughter, and I sit down at my desk, I'm completely overwhelmed. I kinda end up stamping, maybe coloring, a few things aimlessly before I give up and end up watching reality television on Hulu until the little pickle beckons me again. I didn't have this problem previous, and I think it is in large part due to the fact that I apparently gave birth to my brain along with my bundle of joy a year and a half ago. Seriously, it took me an entire minute to think of the word "beckon" used in the previous sentence and I'm not sure that's the word I actually wanted. Close enough.
So recently, in an effort to tame all of the crafty goodness in my teeny, tiny space, I started organizing my stamps in the app "Airtable". It's nice because I can do it during the aforementioned toddler taming and is not necessarily me spending money (sorta, but I'll get to that).
To start, I wanted to download images of the stamp sets I own. I headed over to Google Image Search and typed in the name of the set I wanted to find. And up pops this:
So not only do you get images of the stamps you own, but you can see what other people have made with those stamps. I actually prefer this over Pinterest or Instagram for finding inspiration. But while downloading images for Airtable, I also downloaded the images of cards that inspired me.
Now, heading over to the app I began the tedious task of inputting each set into the app. While I was at it, I added in the inspiration pictures as well. Here's what that looks like:
Looking through all the stamps I have, as well as the beautiful cards people have made using them, I was inspired...to copy them. This isn't normally something I do. I like being crafty, yes, but I also like creating. I've used inspiration before, but usually I try to take the inspiration and make it my own. I translate it and transform it into something I represents me and my aesthetic (Project Runway anyone?).
But the truth is, I don't have time for that right now. What little craft time I am able to squeeze out is precious. I have maybe a couple of hours of free time while my precious takes her nap, I can stay up at night after she's asleep, or sometimes my husband will feel generous and give me 20 minutes here and there. It's not much.
I was recently watching a Youtube video from Catherine Pooler, and she talked about how she copied cards for the first few years she crafted. It's such a simple idea, but one that seems so foreign to me.
But by embracing the idea of directly copying another's idea, I was able to actually get a couple of projects done! It's so exciting. And of course you don't have to directly copy the original. I was able to put my own spin on the cards, which was in part due to the fact I didn't have the exact same items, but that's neither here nor there.
In the end, it felt good to have completed projects. It's the boost I needed. I was really feeling defeated by my lack of creative ideas recently, but this has definitely inspired me to get back up on that horsey.
Here's a look at the cards I made, along with the inspiration and the appropriate links:
Mine is on the left, the original on the right. Here is the link to the website where it can be found.
Here is a list of the items used for this card:
Neenah Solar White 80lb. cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110lb. Cardstock
Versamark Embossing Ink
WOW! Rich Pale Gold Embossing Powder
Avery Elle Berry Good stamp set
My Favorite Things Blueprints 13 die set
W Plus 9 Southern Florals 2 stamp set
Kraftin Kimmie Christmas Blessings stamp set
Kuretake Starry palette watercolors
Echo Park Woodgrain Background stamp
Versafine Ink in Sepia
Again, mine are on the left and the original on the right. This seems to be from the Avery Elle design team, but the link from Google Images took me to a Pinterest page. Here is the link to the Avery Elle design blog for this set. This particular image was not on there, but I certainly found even more images to inspire me!
Here are a list of the products used:
Neenah Solar White 80lb. cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110lb. cardstock
Project Life Fuse tool
Avery Elle Comfort and Joy Stamp Set
Concord & 9th Plaid Background Stamp Set
WOW Rich Pale Gold embossing Powder
Gold, Black, Red sequins (from Michael's)
Green seed beads (from Dollar Tree)
3M ATG Adhesive
Tim Holtz Creatology Twine
If you too are struggling with ideas, or finding the time to craft, I hope this gives you ideas or inspiration to craft on.
Thanks for reading,