Hi! It's Aliza here, expounding a little on this month's gallery theme, Go-To Design. This summer, I found myself using one design over and over and over again. I resisted it at first, buth then I decided to simply own it.
See, I always look forward to summer, to long, carefree days, where I can wake up each morning and say, "Hmmm, what project shall I tackle today?" With so much time, and fun things happening, the creative juices usually just flow and flow. This summer, though, that never really happened. First of all, it was a busy July. Busy with work, and busy with living life with my family. And that was good, but when I sat down to scrap, those creative juices were just barely dripping. It is not a good feeling, but one that most of us have to face at one point or another. As Dr. Seuss put it, ever so perfectly, in Oh, The Places You'll Go!
And when you're in a slump,
you're not in for much fun.
is not easily done.
Here is my tale of un-slumping myself.
For July's gallery, I made the following layout layout. The theme was "Top Ten," I had ten photos, I stuck them in a grid, and bam-pow, it was done.
Trying to Change (But Not Really Succeeding)
When I later sat down to work on another layout with several small, square photos I was determined to come up with something new. I arranged and rearranged these photos over and over again. I tried several arrangements over the course of days, but I guess I like what I like, because the only time I felt satisified was when, once again, my photos were lined up in a neat, little grid:Embracing Repetition
By the time I was ready to tell the next story, and I discovered that once again, I had many photos that I wanted to share. Since I had been struggling all summer to get into a creative groove, I decided that the most impotant thing was to just keep going and to not get stuck. So this time around, I didn't even attempt to try something new. Right away, I went with what I knew would work.
The Moral of the Story:
1) If you have a lot of photos, printing them in a small size, and placing them in a grid works really well.
2) If you are in a rut, and feeling stuck, just keep going. Even if it means doing the same thing over and over again. Because your stories will be told. Because your supplies will be used. Because your creative muscles will be kept in working condition. And then:
With banner flip-flapping
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready beacuse you're that kind of guy!