Sometimes I am very inspired and know EXACTLY what I want to do, craft-wise. Other times, I am clueless and spend ages just mucking about, not knowing what I want to do, and feeling rotten about it. Completely uninspired (and pathetic), you could say. Just lately, I have been unable to make ANYTHING and just feel like I have no creative ability whatsoever. At all. Nada. Zippo. Zilch.
So, this weekend, I utilised a bit of creative copying in order to get my mojo back. Having had a birthday recently, my shelves were full of lovely greeting cards. Granted, I should have taken them down some weeks ago but, it will surprise no one to know, I am lazy and slack, and they were still sitting there, a month and a half after the event. However, there were a couple that I really liked the design of – the shapes of some of their images – so I had a go at using them for templates to make my own cards and other items.
First up, I had this cute birdie card. I liked the simple shapes and was pretty sure I could use them to create a design of my own. Plus, you know me, I love birds, so it was a no-brainer in terms of subject matter.
I started by tracing the basic shapes of each bird – bodies, feathers, tails etc. I then traced those shapes on to cardboard, so I could cut them out and have them as patterns. Using pretty, coordinated papers, I traced and cut out the shapes to build the various body parts of the bird, and then arranged them together until I was happy with the overall look.
In the end, I decided to put it all together on a notebook for my Mum, to say thank you for her support and always looking after us (even though we’re old enough to look after ourselves. Apparently). I painted a plain little notebook and bound the edges with washi tape, before gluing the birdie to the front cover.
I added a crown and some text cut from an old book.
It’s not the greatest work of art on the planet, and I can’t say I was thrilled with the final product, but I had made SOMETHING and that is better than nothing. I just needed to get back into things and “play” a little, even if the end result wasn’t spectacular. Otherwise I feel as though I am losing all my creativity and desire to create in the first place. And that’s not a good thing.
So, one little birdie at a time, I am going to get my mojo back. Send cookies and hugs 🙂