My old desk set-up from 2009-ish at my parents’ house. So many happy hours spent creating in this space!

Lately I’ve been in such a rut with my scrapbooking. It feels like everything I make looks the same, feels the same, means the same. I want to get back to the days when all I wanted to do was eat/sleep/breathe this hobby.

So…in an effort to kickstart my mojo, I’ve been looking at old photos of my past projects + workspaces to try to reignite those fond feelings. I’ve also been looking to people who used to (and still) inspire me BIG time. I’m talking about Kara, Debee, and Mandi, to name a few. I love their unique creative styles and the way they mix unexpected materials to make something fabulous. One night of looking through their Flickr archives and I knew exactly what I needed to do: just play!

First order of business: a Thanksgiving weekend minibook! Yes, I realize I’m in the middle of a Fall-themed book at the moment (which I plan on wrapping up asap), but this one is going to be much more free-form than the latter. I decided to make it out of non-scrapbook materials, so I took apart a Crate Paper CHA catalog, folded all the pages in half, and then gathered some other random papers to mix up the sizes a bit. Then came the fun part: the paint!

I randomly slapped on some acrylic paint to every page, making sure to get it as messy + textured as possible! There’s really nothing quite like paint to put you in a creative state of mind! And the thing I love about acrylic paint is the speedy dry time. Because when the creative juices are flowing, whose got time to watch paint dry? (;

I can’t wait to keep going on this project. It totally snapped me out of my funk and inspired me to work on other things, including stamped date tags for my December Daily album (which you can see here) and typewritten notes for all my Etsy customers. So fun! But secretly, I think the thing I am most excited about is my spur-of-the-moment decision to buy an Instax camera! Woo! And yes, I know I’m 5 years late to the Instax party, but I don’t care! I already have ideas of photos that I want to take over the holidays…