Simple Inspiration: You Are Creative.

by Lain Ehmann on January 28, 2011

This week, I’m sharing inspiration tips and tricks and behind-the-scenes info about February’s Layout a Day (LOAD) challenge. There’s still time to join in the fun if you’re ready for the challenge of a lifetime! Sign up for LOAD 211 here.

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Oprah’s “O” magazine, but the part I always read, without fail, is the last page. That’s Oprah’s “What I Know for Sure” essay.

I think a lot about what *I* know for sure. Asking myself that question helps me ground myself and figure out how I really feel and what I really believe.

And with regard to inspiration, here’s what I know for sure:

I know for sure that every idea, scrapbook layout, journaling prompt, sketch, and design you could ever want is already inside you.

Even if you never read another blog…

…Or looked at another magazine…

…Or bought another product…

…Or even took another photo…

…You could still scrapbook. I believe you have it in you to tap into your wellspring of experiences and thoughts, and create every page you could ever desire.

After all, what makes scrapbooking scrapbooking isn’t the products, or the photos, or the page layouts. What makes scrapbooking scrapbooking is YOUR MEMORIES.

And as long as you have those, you’re set.

So give yourself a break. You are creative. You have the whole box of crayons, all 64 colors, already in you.

All you have to do is tap into it. The rest? Those are just details.

P.S. February’s LOAD 211 starts next Tuesday, 2/1. I hope you’ll be joining us to learn that, indeed, “Inspiration is everywhere!” Get more information here.

  • Katherine M

    I LOVE this! I NEEDED to Hear it today, too. Thanks so much Lain!

  • Anonymous

    My pleasure! See you in LOAD next week! :)

  • Sherristone413

    Amen Lain! I just bought a S/B mag a few weeks ago – the first in several years. There were only 2 or 3 layouts that I wanted to mark for future reference. I put it down feeling vaguely dissatisfied. I may bring out my box of crayons and leave it on my desk for inspiration!

    Sherri S.
    Colonial Heights, AV

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  • TracyBzz

    To me as long as a story or memory is captured (bug fan of journaling) and a few photos are there the rest is just decoration. Decoration that looks dated with time. Decoration that your family and future don’t care about. No one cares that you searched 45 minutes for the perfect coloured flower to match the background paper. Decoration is fun and adds something to this hobby that I personally enjoy but…photos + words is all that really matters to me.

  • Lucie Hale

    It’s so funny you posted this today because I’ve recently realized that I used to be a 24-box of crayons girl, but now I am a 64-box chick! Love all my creative juices!

  • Lain

    I love that you’ve added 40 colors to your box! :)

  • Lain

    Such a great point — what really matters on your page?

  • Lain

    Sherri, I find fewer and fewer layouts that really grab my eye, too. Comes with experience, I guess!

  • sassyscrapper2010

    Beautifully said. I have all the supplies I need…right here in my heart.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, yes, YES!

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