5.04.2006

Inspiration Challenge

The 2Peas message board has a daily thread for bloggers. Today's Blogger Challenge is to write about something that has been inspiring to you. Well, I've had something on my mind that qualifies.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned several other blogging stampers who inspire me. They all have a style that is different from my own. And a few have some really groovy ideas that are well outside of my comfort zone. And then there's the Freestyle Blog I just discovered yesterday, with tons of ideas in the nouveau scraping style. Lots of inspiration there.

I know I like what I'm seeing from all these places...so, if I like their style so much, why am I not stamping like that myself? Take a look at my Splitcoast Gallery...and prepare to laugh with me: Go, WebSeitler. They are all so much alike, except for that one funky Crazy Dots card!

I can see I have a few chronic problems:
  • Ribbon: I counted 14 cards that have ribbon going straight across them in some fashion.
  • Boxiness: Almost everything is a matted square. In fact, squares and rectangles abound.
  • Clean Cut: Even my most distressed cards are rather neat and clean! Hmpt.
I need to break out of my mold--I think my style is getting stale! I'm not sure how I'll do that exactly, but I'm hereby issuing myself a personal challenge: It's time to get creative. It's time to get messy! It's time to get out of this rut! It's time for something new...

How exciting!

(Stay tuned...)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nicole, Your so funny :) Your style is so not stale!! I think most card makers feel this way, I know I do. Sometimes I'm pleased when I stray from my style (if I even have a style, my husband says I do, but I'm not so sure) but sometimes disaster strikes, LOL. It's all fun though :) Tracy

Nicole said...

It's so funny, because my husband also noticed my style about two years before I did. I only started to see it once I had all those cards uploaded to SCS at the same time. What is it? They are so perceptive. ;)

Shauna said...

Hey Nicole, I wouldn't worry so much about changing your style. Your work is beautiful. But it is good to always challenge yourself. Maybe try putting away some of your favorite tools/stamps and see what you make with different supplies.

Nicole said...

Thanks for the ideas, Shauna. I guess I just feel like I need to shake things up a little bit. :)