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The Easy Way to Start – Try a Kit

 
It’s not cheating! 🎉
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Journal Ephemera Kit: Birds and Nature

Take it Easier…

Hello, hello!

Finding time to journal, finding the supplies, figuring out what to do with it all – why is it SO HARD sometimes to do something you love? It doesn’t have to be that way, it’s OK to take the easy route and use a kit like this one, it’s not cheating or anything!

Why Is This So Hard?

Oh, the struggle! Wanting to create, to make something, but dreading it at the same time. What is THAT about?

First, there’s perfectionism sneaking into our thoughts. We really, really want to create something and have it be nice, but maybe it won’t turn out well. It might be a complete dud and then what do we have to show for our time?

That line of thinking completely misses the point of creating – the process of creating, not the finished product. It’s the process, the act, of creating that fills our well and creates the joy we crave. Yet, it’s easy to forget that part and get caught up in the snare of making the perfect thing.

Second, is having turned our creative practice into work, into another to-do item to check off the list. This little trick of thought is even sneakier than outright perfectionism because it hides behind other things we think of as virtues – such as industry, productivity, and being busy.

But, creativity thrives in playfulness and freedom to ask “what if?” and hides in the face of pressure to perform. The more the we force the point, the less we seem to be able to do.

Sometimes we need a little help to get started. That’s when I like to start with a kit. No, it’s not cheating! Using a kit – whether it’s a set of coordinated ephemera or some other starting point – gives you a way into the creative act and that’s all you need. Once you start, your creative spirit will know what to do!

 

Good Stuff in the Group
 

The good things keep coming! Our friends at CraftStash have a new magazine called “Simply Lettering” and are generously giving away a free copy to 10 lucky folks. Just comment on this post in the group or this one on Instagram for your chance to win.

Speaking of giveaways, our own Karen Burchill (aka @CreativeKady) has a few of her fabulous sentiment packs up for grabs in August. Keep a lookout for that – it’s going to be fun!

Other good things in the group are resources, videos and weekly posts and inspiration, check out the Learning Section of the group and the weekly posts at the top of the feed: Technique Tuesday, Inspiration Spotlight on Wednesday and Throw Back Thursday.
 
Take it Easy!
 
Monette
 

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