Do you stress over every element when you make a card? Should I use this color or that? Should it go here or there? Should I use ribbon or not? You get the idea!
Does your need to be perfect, and to get it right the first time, paralyze you and keep you from approaching cardmaking with a sense of play and curiosity?
If you answered yes, then you are not alone! I watch some of my customers agonize over all the little decisions that go into designing a project. Here’s the scoop: Needing to be perfect is a HUGE block to creativity!
Demanding perfection in your design process is a bit different than striving for perfection with your technique skills:
Using the tricks I have shown you on how to align layers and fix them when they're crooked is a big help! CLICK HERE to see that post. Even better, I have a video tutorial on this technique in my online class, Save Time and Get Organized!!!
Yet even with techniques, absolute perfection is not the goal. I tell my customers, “If you want perfect, buy Hallmark!”
What can you do if you are stuck because you’re a perfectionist? Here are some suggestions:
- Stop believing your mind when it tells you that you have to get it right the first time. You should see all of my rejects!
- Experiment, experiment, experiment! Make mistakes, learn from them, try again. Make a card one way. Then make it another way, and see which you like. Sometimes I take a card apart to change an element two or three times before I’m satisfied. Lots of my first attempts go in the trash. Other times a design comes together quickly and effortlessly.
- Learn the basics of design. Yes, this is a learnable skill! For some reason, card makers seem to think they should know how to design cards. Some of us have an innate sense of design elements. Others don’t have a clue. Either way, learning more about design will greatly enhance expression of your creativity.
For an example of a simple, learnable design concept that can help you make those pesky decisions when making cards, check out this video on the Rule of Thirds that I posted last month. CLICK HERE to view video.
Sometimes I wonder if anyone is reading these creativity posts. If you are, please leave me a comment or send an email and let me know if you find them helpful or not. I'm always inspired to do more of whatever you're interested in when I get your feedback.
Meanwhile, go play in your stamp room! Tell your inner critic to take a hike, experiment courageously and brazenly.
In other words, Stamp Madly!!!
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