This goes out to all scrappers…traditional & digital. Ever get a layout mostly done and find yourself not 100% happy with the results? You’re certainly not alone. If you’ve read “My Story” you already know I can tend to be a bit of a perfectionist. Truth be told, I can spend hours agonizing over just the “right” color or font or even the style I apply to a title. It really can border on being ridiculous.
Break The Cycle
There is one thing that can help me break that cycle. Have you ever worked on a jigsaw puzzle? Remember not being able to find that one pesky piece? My grandma always told me to just walk away & forget about it for a little while. I used to laugh at her when she’d say that. But wise woman that she was…it really did work.
I use the same tactic with my layouts. If you’re wrestling with your layout and are not pushed for time just walk away. Even if only for 10 minutes. Go grab a coffee, take a walk, do anything to take your mind off of it for a bit. You’d be surprised how this simple little break can throw an entirely different light on the whole thing.
At least it works for me. Frequently I can be working on something, spending way too much time being indecisive, or fussy. I walk away or simply start working on something else. And voila, when I come back to that layout one of two things generally happens. I’m either no longer conflicted or I see exactly what needs to be done. Thanks Grandma!
On rare occasion it may not work and I’ll try to just set it aside for a day or so. Typically, it will resolve over time but I have been known to literally re-do an entire layout because it just wasn’t right.
I know myself well enough to know what happens if I just give in and settle for the layout as is. Whether it’s printed and, in an album, or just stored in a folder on my computer, every time I see it, I feel unsettled. It’s like being the only person in the room who sees a crooked picture on the wall. My eye goes right to it and I can’t focus on anything else.
The best thing is to just take a break!
And sometimes it helps to just concentrate on what might be going on with your “creative juices”. I read an article back in 2019 by Blake de Vos when I was in a creative slump. It’s a quick read with 8 simple steps to find your creative side. Sadly, this article is no longer available online. It’s too bad as I know I found it useful.
Single Most Important Tip When Frustrated
DO NOT give up!
Don’t ever settle for something that isn’t making you happy!
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