Monday, November 07, 2005

a little thing called MOJO

For all my scrapbooker blog readers, I'd like to have a little discussion about mojo. I love that word. I don't know who came up with it but it's fun. Mojo. I just like saying it. There's a great discussion on 2Peas right now about losing your mojo and how to get it back. I had some a-ha moments while reading the thread and thought I'd share! One Pea, SoManyInterests, posted this....

the biggest MOJO killers usually are:
too much input = too many products, too many ideas, we can't choose which to use!
stalling = we organize, read mags, get online, talk about scrapping but don't do it
forgetting the reason why = creating stuff for reasons other than the joy of it

Those reasons really help clear up why I lose my mojo!!!! She hit the nail on the head! Another Pea, E-Scrapper, said something brilliant. She said that sometimes when her mojo is lost, it's because..."my style is undergoing a bit of a change. It's like my brain has to work it out internally before I can start scrapping again externally."

I agree with that too because I am trying to shake up my style a bit right now and I'm finally feeling creative again! I think I got bored with my way of doing things!!!

Just some interesting thoughts about mojo. So what do you do when you lose your mojo? How do you get it back?

9 comments:

doris said...

my mojo usually runs away when i'm in a personal funk . . . too tired, depressed, no time, etc.

a babysitter usually helps get it back. :D

Barb Hogan said...

I take a break and switch crafts for a while....maybe even pick up the knitting needles.

stephanie said...

Flipping through some of SS newest idea books with a pad of sticky-notes has been a lot of fun and very helpful.

I am getting to be a master at scraplifiting and have come to realize that my own family and friends aren't going to care that I used the latest product or someone else's design element on a page. They are the ones who are happy to see the story behind the photos being told.

'Nuff said.

:)

Christy B said...

I usually lose my mojo when I put too much pressure on myself to create the "perfect" page. Usually after taking a break and some reflection on why I scrapbook, I start feeling it again. As Stephanie said above, my family doesn't care that I didn't make the perfect pages, they just enjoy the album and the stories!

jennifer said...

I haven't quite found "the thing" that triggers my mojo. I know I am more creative during the first two weeks of my cycle so I guess I am governed a little by my mood. I feel very inspired after looking through a magazine or other media but I find that doesn't always coincide with my time that I can actually work on something. Great discussion! I love the quotes in your post. Very interesting! Anxious to hear more on this!

Sarah said...

Deadlines and due dates kill creativity for me as does staring at Peas for too long (I know...gasp!). I think it becomes an overload of ideas and I get caught in the planning stage and never accomplish anything.

Sometimes I have noticed that I am most productive and happy when I *just play* without a goal in mind.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Sarah's comments. For me, just to sit down and play helps to get the creative juices flowing again. Teresa B.

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