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Ways To Find Ideas That Inspire You
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Ways to Find Ideas That Inspire You

When it comes to arts and crafts, kids have no problem jumping right in with both feet. Unfortunately, for most adults, we seem to lose that daring sense of creativity and confidence to create and craft somewhere along the way. Some people say that they can never come up with any ideas. Others boldly state that they simply do not have a creative bone in their body. If you are able tie your shoelaces (or a knot), cut paper with a pair of scissors, and apply glue to something and attach it to something else, you can handle basic crafting. In general, most adults don't know where to begin. It all starts with an idea or inspiration. Inspiration begins with you taking the first step ... Brainstorming! To get you started, here are 5 ideas of where you might find inspiration for your next craft project and keep your creative juices flowing:

Idea #1 - The Internet. Today's high-speed world of the Internet supplies us with an endless stream of ideas to create and craft. Using Search Engines like Bing, Google, and Yahoo make research fun and EASY! Go to the "Images" tab. This saves time and make your search easier as you scroll through the wonderful pictures of completed projects. There are many amazing and talented crafters everywhere, who generously share projects and photos of completed craft projects that fit varying skill levels from the beginner to the most advanced.

Idea #2 - Create an Inspiration notebook or board. Who has time to read? As the saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words". If you have an itch to create something original but often find yourself scratching your head and saying, "I know I saw something, now what was it?" or you're stuck on where to begin, here's a suggestion: Create an inspiration notebook or board. This is a great place to go when ever you're in a pinch for an idea that resonates within YOU. Your inspiration notebook will also help to keep ideas that you love in one easy to find place. Start with an old tablet or an unused notebook that you've tucked on a shelf collecting dust. Use tape or a glue stick to keep pictures, quotes, things that interest you, peaks your interest or just makes you happy. There's no scientific method to this. Begin with the places listed in idea #5 to help get started.

Idea #3 - Keep a Camera with You at All Times! - Today's digital cameras, smart phones and electronic tablets are perfect tools to create an e-inspiration file. Simply snap photos of what you find wonderful in the world that surrounds you! do it on your next walk in you neighborhood, outing, or trip. You can never take too many pictures.

Idea #4 - Window Shop and Browse - Why reinvent the wheel when you can find ideas from professionals? Visit department stores, museums, plant sales, collectors shows, antique shops, flea markets .... get the idea? Take the time to browse and enjoy their creative displays and beautiful merchandise. Start with something small ... Use Idea #3 and as you browse through the supplies that you have at home, imagine how you might be able to put your creative homemade twist on an idea that caught your eye!

Idea #5 - Look around you - In addition to the internet, consider designs from paper and terry towel borders, print ads, brochures, bulletin boards, gift catelogs, greeting cards, cereal boxes, flags, quilts, embroidery on blue jean pockets, t-shirts, pictures of food, children's art, candy wrappers, vinyl record or CD cover designs ... Inspirational shapes, color combinations,can come from almost anything!

Finding inspiration and ideas to create and craft is all around us and part of our daily lives. Don't be afraid! Take a moment to allow yourself to soak in the fun and beautiful things that make life special for you. With a pair of scissors, basic supplies (like paper and string), and a bottle of glue, give yourself a chance to create and craft renditions of your favorite things with your personal touch.


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