My Muse Is On Hiatus And She Needs An Inspirational Kick In The Butt

My Muse Is On Hiatus And She Needs An Inspirational Kick In The Butt

Dang and double-Dang!

unstuckI don’t know what happened…I was just going along fine. I carved out time to post to my blog. I’ve been (mostly) keeping up with the garden. Work is the usual boring, soul-sucking same-old-same-old. It’s been that way for years, so I’m used to it. I even found time this weekend to dabble in some mosaic tile work.

But scrapbooking inspiration? I’ve got nothin’.

Ironic really when you think about it. Because the whole purpose of this site is to provide people (and their muses) some inspiration when they are stuck.



I’m curious. What do you do to get yourself unstuck?

Visit other blogs? Go to a museum? Watch a movie?

I am unofficially now going to start collecting tips and techniques for getting unstuck. I may even, just to be crafty, write them out on some scrap strips of patterned paper and make a beautiful bowl of origami stars to pull from when I’m stuck. (go here to see how to do this)

Here are some of my favorite unsticking techniques to try.

  •  Watch an episode of Spark (PBS series that features artists)
  • Flip through favorite scrapbooking book/magazine
  • Surf StumbleUpon (careful, this can be addicting!)
  • Surf Pintrest (also, with the addicting)
  • Take a walk in nature (preferably near water)
  • Go to a museum/gallery
  • Visit scrapbooking ‘rockstar’ blogs
  • Listen to music

I also found this really great post for getting off your butt when you’re in a slump.

 Even the most motivated of us — you, me, Tony Robbins — can feel unmotivated at times. In fact, sometimes we get into such a slump that even thinking about making positive changes seems too difficult.

But it’s not hopeless: with some small steps, baby ones in fact, you can get started down the road to positive change.

Yes, I know, it seems impossible at times. You don’t feel like doing anything. I’ve been there, and in fact I still feel that way from time to time. You’re not alone. But I’ve learned a few ways to break out of a slump, and we’ll take a look at those today.

This post was inspired by reader Roy C. Carlson, who asked:

“I was wondering if you could do a piece on why it can be hard for someone to change direction and start taking control of their life. I have to say I’m in this boat and advice on getting out of my slump would be great.”

Roy is just one of many with a slump like that. Again, I feel that way sometimes myself, and in fact sometimes I struggle to motivate myself to exercise — and I’ll use that as an example of how to break out of the slump.

When I fall out of exercise, due to illness or injury or disruption from things going on in my life, it’s hard to get started again. I don’t even feel like thinking about it, sometimes. But I’ve always found a way to break out of that slump, and here are some things I’ve learned that have helped:

Original post here.


So I have to ask….what do you do to get yourself unstuck when your muse is on vacation?

Who are your favorite ‘rockstar’ scrapbookers with inspirational blogs?

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