How to Break Out of Your Creative Slump

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Hey you! Yes you who owns a bazillion empty notebooks and has nothing to fill them with. Need some inspiration that doesn’t require much brain power? Need to have a purpose before you can put ink/paint/pencil to paper? Look no further than this lovely list I’ve made to help you break out of your creative slump!

  1. Rip up tiny pieces of junk mail and stick them down to create a word of your choice. Decorate the rest of the page to fit in with the word you chose. If you can’t even think of any words then try one of these.

    be reckless and create

  1. Cut out a magazine picture, stick it in your journal and doodle on or around the image

    giraffe rainbow art journal

  1. Find any old photograph, stick it in and draw your own version next to it

  1. Find some things that you can sprinkle. Mix them together. Glue a pattern and sprinkle the sprinkles over and shake off the excess

  2. Go outside and find some natural flat items. Use them to make a collage

  1. Take a pencil in each hand then draw and colour a beautiful mirror-image butterfly

  1. Doodle and annotate your day

    doodle journal entry
    Can we just take a moment to appreciate my outstanding drawing skills?! See – don’t let a lack of skills stop you from creating!
  1. Cover an entire page with different magazine pictures that speak to you

    magazine collage

  1. Cover an entire page with words

  1. Get your favourite book. Search for quotes and fill a page with them. Use watercolours to paint over and express the feeling that the book gives you

  1. Collect textures and stick them in

  1. Collage a picture of your home

  1. Cut two pages out of your journal, leaving a 1cm strip running parallel to the spine. Sandwich a new page of any found paper in between the strips and glue it in. Use the new page as a background for a list of things you would like to achieve in the next year

  1. Draw around your hand and fill it in with intricate doodles and glitter

    mandala hand pattern

  1. Stick an envelope in and fill it with 10 interesting facts about yourself

    I would love to know if any of you guys try any of these activities. If you do be sure to let me know in the comments!

My Current Notebooks, Journals and Scrapbooks

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The more I post right here on Clarty Hands, the more you’re going to see of my extensive collection of notebooks, journals and scrapbooks. For that reason I thought you guys might like to see a list of the books I actually use and to see what I use them for. So here goes…

My Business Organiser

Between Etsy, my blog and all of my social media accounts it’s pretty easy for me to get forgetful and overwhelmed with the ridiculously big to-do list that’s rattling around in my brain. This is why I need my Business Organiser. I made my own printables with OpenOffice Impress and my folder is divided into sections to set yearly, monthly, weekly and daily goals.

business planner organizer

My Scrapbook

The scrapbook I use is spiral bound with white card pages and a Kraft cover. I use this book to make layouts about important things in my life such as trips away, special occasions and people I know and love. I use embellishments, journal spots and found ephemera to make my layouts exciting.

scrapbook layout

My Art Journal

My art journal is a spiral bound, A4, Pink Pig sketchbook that I use for playing with mixed media. For me art journaling is less about preserving memories and more about enjoying the process of…well…art. I hesitate to use the word because I wouldn’t call myself an artist but I guess that’s what I am if that’s what I make!

create art journal

My Bucket List

This book is the oldest on my list. I started it a few years ago by writing down everything that I wanted to accomplish in my lifetime. Every time I meet one of my goals, I tick it off the list, write down the date and then add a photo to a clean page to prove that I’ve done it. It isn’t beautiful but I think it’ll be lovely for me and the kids to look at when I’m older. I also keep adding to the list as I think of more life goals.

The following are all A5 Kraft sketchbooks that are used as inserts in my purple elephant fabric traveler’s notebook.

traveler's notebook

My Creative Journal

My creative journal is for writing about my thoughts, feelings and everyday events in a visually appealing way. I like to keep the colours as monotone as possible and decorate with washi tape, small black and white photographs, doodles and lettering.

creative journal

My Tester Book

There are some occasions when I need to try out techniques and themes (usually for blog post purposes) that don’t belong in any of my other books so I use my tester book for them instead. It’s also useful for trying out any new supplies and tools that I purchase.

blue and green collage

My Handy Notes

This is an insert in my traveller’s notebook for jotting down ideas as they come to me. I don’t try to make it look pretty or ordered in any way as I don’t want anything to get in the way of getting the idea down on paper as soon as it pops into my mind. I refer to the notes at a later date when I transfer them to my Business Organiser and begin to plan them in a more ordered way.

My Mini Adventures Travel Journal

I class “mini adventures” as day trips and events and I document them Smashbook style in one of my A5 Kraft sketchbooks. I keep it in my traveller’s notebook so it is handy to take away with me on trips and I can entertain myself by filling it in on long car and train journeys.

40 One Word Prompts for Your Art Journal

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When looking for art journal inspiration on Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube I always marvel at the ability of others to include the written word in their pages. It is something I struggle with personally as I never have a clue what to write about. Text adds valuable visual interest to pages so I have created this list of one-word art journal page titles in the hope that each one will act as a springboard for written journaling or at least as a prompt to inspire the design of my pages. I thought you guys may find it useful too so here’s the list.

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I hope this helps. You can choose a select few or work your way though all of them but I do have one rule – you must remember to enjoy the process and not to dwell on making things perfect. Creativity isn’t about perfection, it is about expression!