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New England Stamper: Got to keep stampin'...

January 26, 2011

Got to keep stampin'...

What's a stamper to do when she's lost her stamping and blogging mojo? Take a break, I guess. I haven't blogged or stamped now for two months and I truly miss it! My life has been and still is totally crazy and out of whack, but I realized today that to keep myself sane, I gotta keep stampin'.

I've taken a 6 month sabbatical from Gingersnap Creations. My fellow Founding Femme, Sharon, has been very supportive and gracious, especially as I've left her to deal with everything. Luckily the fabulous DT over there have stepped up to the plate to help her out. Thank guys!

So, I'm going to start the slow process of stamping and blogging again to keep myself sane. I can't promise amazing work or posts everyday; I can't promise to visit everyone's blog; I can't promise to enter a dozen challenge a week; but I promise that I'll set a side a little time each week for myself to get my fingers dirty and play with some rubber!

Over the next few weeks I'll share with you some about techniques for finding inspiration when you've mislaid your stamping and blogging mojo. The first tip is:

Blog 'Unblogged' Projects

Dig out those projects that you made a while ago and didn't share. You know you have some in your photo albums!

  • The ho-hum one that didn't make the cut the first time around;
  • The challenge project that you made but missed the deadline;
  • The magazine submission that didn't get published;
  • The 20 projects you did for one tutorial, then didn't have space to include them all;
  • The 'crappy photo of the great project' - the one with orange glow that looks like your 4-year old took it - with a throwaway camera!
  • The project that you just plain forgot about or got lost in the pile.
You get the idea. Dig into your stash and you'll be surprised what you find. I unearthed about 20 projects without trying very hard - wow!

The 3 projects I've shown here today are scraplings I made back in September last year. Hope you like them. For more about scraplings, check out this great post.

Until next time.....


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Blogger Maria Ontiveros said...

Hey Ali,
Welcome back! We all need a break now and again, but glad to see you'll be giving yourself some mental health craft time, too.

January 26, 2011 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger craftattack said...

Welcome back!

January 26, 2011 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger JeanFB said...

All gorgeous, Ali! I love your colorful backgrounds. Wishing you calm during the whackiness. :)

January 26, 2011 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

These look fabulous!!

January 26, 2011 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Jules said...

If this is losing one's mojo than mine could stand a bit of time off too...these are marvelous and you, my dear, are one very talented lady!

January 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Netty said...

Oh so good to see you back on your blog Ali and with some fab scraplings.

Great tips you've added will definitely have to think about those, although am not sure anyone would want to see mine......lol Take care, Annette x

January 26, 2011 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger 2amscrapper said...

Ali, I've missed your art on your blog. Thanks for reminding me about these scraplings--yours are great. Helene

January 26, 2011 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Shar said...

Great scraplings! I really liked how you created a warhol-esque look on these tiny masterpieces!

January 27, 2011 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger Dotty Jo said...

Missed your gorgeous creations so a big welcome back! jo x

January 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger trisha too said...

I DO like them!


January 28, 2011 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger PetraB said...

Welcome back, Ali! These 'un-blogged' pieces are true treasures. I have some myself ... need to have a look, thanks for the idea.

January 30, 2011 at 4:52 PM  

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