I have moments of insane creativity and then I have times when I sit in front of a room full of craft supplies and have no idea what to do. I think I have creativity ADD. That isn’t a real diagnosis. It’s just one I’ve given myself. When I see things I immediately think of seven different projects I can make with them. I buy it for the potential and not for purpose.
Once I pulled out all of my craft supplies I realized that I had so many things that I was overwhelmed. I’ve learned that the key to true creativity is simplicity. I have donated more than 3/4 of my craft supplies to local schools, churches and outreach charities. Since then I have not stopped creating. I have room to create and I am not limited by the things that were surrounding me. Now I only shop for things at the craft store that I have a purpose for.
I’ve really started to enjoy the process of repurposing things. Lately, some of the things I’ve added to my repertoire are: repurposed shower curtains, bumper pads from infant crib sets, lamps (with rope), plates from the thrift store, trees made from the pages of books, laundry sorter, pickle jars and pillow cases. One of my favorite bouts of creativity was in how to display kid’s artwork.
From scratch ideas are fun too. My lil sis-in-law came up with this idea for a no knit, no crochet scarf. I love it and apparently so do many people on Pinterest.
Some of my favorite things involved nothing more than cardstock and glue: rolled paper flowers, professional altered composition notebook, and paper piecing for scrapbooking. These types of crafts are even easy to take with you.
You want to know how to be creative? The best ways to simplify creativity and really get those ideas going are:
- Don’t have so many craft supplies that you are overwhelmed. Instead of increasing creativity, for some this can hinder it.
- Look for inspiration everywhere, not just the craft store. My best creations come from wanting to take a technique or color scheme and use it somewhere else.
- Keep a creativity notebook. This may seem silly but it is one of my most effective tools. When I get an idea I write it down. If I don’t I might forget it. Over time I can hone the idea or create it. This does not hinder creativity because I’m simply recording something I’ve already been inspired to do.
- Start with a clean slate. Keep things somewhat tidy. Not many people can sit down in the midst of a mess and create.
- Designate a time to manifest your creative ideas. Most of us never take time for ourselves. By designating time you can prepare ahead to keep the family occupied and you can enjoy creating without guilt!
Check out the rest of the post in my simplify series: