Thursday, July 21, 2011

Getting Creative - Week 12

Me in 1965
A day late. Again. I couldn't get my brain to function properly yesterday. As often happens with my migraines, the next day I can be completely useless. I call it a migraine recovery day. Sometimes I need two of them.

I think I was also avoiding writing this because I have nothing to say. I did not work on last week's card at all. I can easily be childish but I have real problems with being childlike. I know which one I'd prefer to be but I haven't worked out how to get there yet. As with many aspects of my life, it is a work in progress.

This week's card:
Capture Your Past 
This is nothing more reassuring than seeing how much your work has evolved over the years. Deig up those finger paintings you proudly made at age four and have them framed. If your earlier work is no longer available, gather up all the stuff you have lying around your place, or better yet, hold a retrospective and request friends and family to return your early masterpieces for archival documentation, ie Polaroid snapshots or Xerox copies. It will be amusing, enlightening, reassuring, and hopefully, inspiring!*

This is another card that has me saying, “Hell NO!” I have no relationship with my past. I have no relationships with most of the people in my past. That's the way I like it. Getting beyond my issues, I don't do “art” that you can frame. I have copies of a lot of my writing but I'm not going to post them online (the 21st Century version of a scrapbook).

Some of my best writing (IMHO) I've lost. For example, there's six chapters of a mystery novel that I wrote when I was 14. It was called The Ice-Cream Blonde. I remember the basic story but I have no idea what happened to it. I don't like going back over my old writing because I'll always find things I want to change. I need to go forward instead of back.

Creativity Resources:

Scrap by Color – an online tool to help you find colors that complement your photos.

Scrapbook Freebies – a bunch of free downloads for your scrapbook.

Collect-A-Kit – Daily freebies. A new kit each month.

A Scrapbook Tutorial

*I'm typing EXACTLY what is on the card. Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors belong to the original author. I realize that some of these cards are dated (Polaroid, Xerox?) but the ideas are still valid.

Getting Creative is a 52 week project where I will try to work my way through 52 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity by Lynn Gordon. You're welcome to come along as I do a card a week for a year.

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