Right now, I am faced with mapping out my creative plans for this year. Like my friend, Heather, I enjoy things that have a beginning and an end. There are a few on-going projects in my life - wife, mother, business owner - but I like the idea of a beginning, middle and end.
All of the projects I am contemplating have been created by others. "Why reinvent the wheel?" is an old saying for a reason! This concept was reinforced by Cathy Zielske in her Design Your Life course, I took at BPS in the fall. In order to get my creative juices flowing again, I think I'll take this year and use the talents and creativity of others to learn; use what I already have; and, master what I like and take a pass on the rest.
Wanna see the list? Here you go:
Project 365: I have so many ideas going through my head regarding this project. But I think I've decided to make it a simple photo project and decide later what I want to do with it. Maybe turn it into a digital scrapbook? Who knows. The subjects being considered include: Faces in my Life; Out the back window and a simple daily summary. Check out Project 365 here.
Calendar Project: I received the Ali Edwards Calendar for Christmas and it is an inspiration all on its own! Each month includes a word. I was thinking of using the final phrase of each month, in which she incorporates the word, and make a monthly layout or write a monthly essay. The words? January: be; February: embrace; March: invite; April: create; May: connect; June: go; July: question; August: do; September: tell; October: collect; November: give; and, December: believe. You can find your own calendar here.
12 of 12: Each 12th of the month, I take 12 photos. A journey through my day. You can find those photo essays on my Lemons2Lemonade blog. This year, I'm hoping to take the photos; develop the photos; create the layout and post the project by the 13th of the month! You can find the original 12 of 12 challenge blog here.
Use It Up Challenge: my friend Cyn has challenged me, and others, to not purchase anything in 2009. The exceptions are: adhesive, page protectors and photo developing. It's gonna be tough, but I actually think I can do it. And I should do it. The stuff I have just sitting in the studio is shameful. The best part of this challenge? I have to do NOTHING to succeed. And therein lies the rub!
The Portfolio Project: is a brilliant concept. Truly a matter of "let's see what sticks". The idea that overabundance may yield a gem or two of brilliance. How simple. Perfect. I just need to decide, again, on the format of this creative overflow: writing, photography, layouts, altered and messy? Hmm. To find out more, go here.
Jessica Sprague On-Line Courses: in order to achieve my goal of using what I already have, I have to learn how to use much of it. Jessica Sprague is fabulous and my kids gifted me as my New Year's gift some courses: Up & Running with Photoshop; Now We're Rockin'; Digi: In Deep; and, Type + Writer. Have you ever taken a course? What did you think? If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out the Jessica Sprague site here.
Big Picture Scrapbooking: has always been my go-to site for learning and creativity. My last course on design, led by Cathy Zielske, was breathtaking; so brilliant. As a member of the Alumni, I am able to take a refresher course of the Stacy Julian led Library of Memories course (thank goodness, because I was a crappy student the first time around!). As mentioned before, I'm taking the Family Gratitude Photo Spinner course with Ali Edwards. In addition, I've signed up for: Confessions and Conversations with Nic H; and, Glimpses with Stacy J.
Many of these projects can interact and complement each other and assist me; immerse me back into creativity. I doubt all of these ideas and projects will be accomplished by this time next year. With the oodles of ideas out there in internet-land they are the creative projects that most appeal to me, today.
Let's see what sticks.
What are your creative plans for this fresh and shiny new year?