Sunday, September 29, 2013

Creative Practice

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I have been working on several big projects lately and needed a little break. Those projects might be crafty in nature, but sometimes, the very idea that it's a big project just puts the brakes on my creative workflow. I decided to take a quick break and create something that had nothing what-so-ever to do with those bigger goals.

For me, personally, working with a sketch is just super easy. I can create a layout in under a a few hours (sometimes less than 30 minutes) if I find a sketch that really sparks my attention. Late last night, that particular sketch came from Let's Get Sketchy.

Winter Breezes by Christy Strickler Supplies| Patterned Paper: Crate Paper, Studio Calico; Letters: Jenni Bowlin Studios; Wood Veneer: Freckled Fawn; Badges: Bluebird Chic; Brads: Basic Grey; Jewels: Hero Arts; Stamps: American Crafts, Pebbles; Sequins: Studio Calico; Other: Vellum, doily; Sketch 105 from Let's Get Sketchy

I also decided to set myself a challenge. I needed to use up some older papers and items in my supplies as well as two new items from my embellishments. I had really been wanting to use the flair from my scrappy friend, Leah's shop. I also wanted to use up the last of these wood frames. I was happy to fit some scrap cardstock in behind them.

Initially, this was going to be a layout about two of my cats hanging out together. The photo was taken last January and  I realized this was a great opportunity to document our winter weather here. We do get cold spells,but often, living in the tropics means getting to have your windows open when the weather cools down. My cats adore sitting in the open windows, listening to the birds and watching the lizards. Since I never know where my husband's job might take us, I try to make it a point to document the weather. Who knows!?!? I might very well be living someplace freezing a year from now. I have been thinking about that a lot lately, especially after listening to the last Paperclipping Roundtable podcast.

I know that some might say I should try to stay focused on the bigger projects. Just push through right? If creativity is forced, it's not always your best work. Now that I have had time to work on something just for the fun of it, my creative block has lifted and I can refocus on the bigger projects. After all, creativity breeds more creativity.

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  1. love your layout, thanks for joining us at lgs!

  2. Christy, love how you used the brighter colors with the more muted tones in your layout!! I totally agree with you about taking a break from the bigger projects. I'm glad you had fun with this layout! Thanks for the Let's Get Sketchy link. I didn't know about that one. :):) Evie

  3. Fabulous page! Great colors and use of the frames. Thanks for joining us at LGS.

  4. Awesome job! It's great to get some older products used up. And mixing it with new is an awesome way to do it! Love your layout and the photo. Thanks so much for joining us at Let's Get Sketchy!

  5. great love, wonderful depth and texture, thanks for joining us at LHD!

  6. Love what you did with the Sketch, Christy, and the use of those little Polaroid frames is so cute! And great idea mixing in some of your older products with the newer products! Thanks for playing along with us @ LGS!

  7. I love how you used the sketch! What a great layout you made! Thanks for playing along at LGS!

  8. Love the pops of blue! Cute page and thanks for playing along with LGS!

  9. Great take on our sketch. Thanks for joining us at LGS!