So Often I hear, "I do not have a creative bone in my body!"
This is something I hear very often when I speak to people about rubber stamping. All of us have some type of creativity and we need to learn to express it. In rubber stamping it is so easy to sabotage your own creativity.
Here are some tips to help you improve your confidence in your own creativity.
Don’t demand your stamping to be perfect. Handmade is not meant to always to be perfect. If you demand yourself to be perfect you will not enjoy the wonderful creative process. Don’t be afraid. Try new ways to use the products you have. After all, a piece of cardstock the size of a card does not cost over five cents; so, if you ruin it, you are not out that much and you will have had the fun of trying something new. Cards do not have to be perfect to be beautiful.
Do not compare your work with others. You have your own style. Creativity is not about competing and comparing. It is enjoying the process of creating. It is alright to use other’s projects for inspiration, but do not compare your project with others.
Do not rush. Avoid leaving things until the last minute. Rushing kills the fun and enjoyment of being creativity. It often leads to big mistakes such as ink smudges where they should not be. Make time for yourself to stamp. You are entitled to the joy of creativity.
Fear. Do not be afraid to give away a hand-made card. It may not be perfect in your eyes, but it is a gift from the heart. Also, don’t be afraid to try new techniques and products. Frankly, it does not matter what others think as long as you enjoyed yourself. You have nothing to fear, but, fear itself. Play and enjoy your crafting experience.
Don’t be afraid to CASE. CASE does mean Copy and Share Everything. When you copy a project, it is a compliment to the person that made the card. Casing helps you come up with ideas of your own. Share your own ideas with others.
These five simple things can destroy your love of creating, so learn to relax and love your time to be creative. Always take time to play with new products, ideas, and techniques. Enjoy your creative time.