Cultivating Creativity

I am getting ready to speak at a women’s retreat for our church. I am so excited to be sharing about one of my favorite topics: cultivating our gifts and talents. Because those gifts vary widely among women, I won’t be sharing specifically on creativity. However, for me, creativity is the gift I choose to spend my time cultivating.

It can be easy to fall into ruts and patterns in how we express ourselves creatively. That’s why it is so important to try new things, stretch ourselves, and look at creativity from new perspectives.

As scrappers, we do this in many ways:


Trying new or new-to-us designers through The Digi Files

Participating in scrapping challenges

Limiting ourselves to certain productsUsing template that differ from our normal style

…and so on.

All of these a great way to push ourselves into new territory. Creativity, like everything else in life, will grow only with cultivation. The best way to stagnate is to continue to do the same things in the same ways.

Journaling card used is by Tangie Baxter from the January 2016 Digi Files kit, Get Messy. Quote design by Janet Phillips.

I came across a great resource for cultivating creativity. It has 50 ideas of things you can do to stretch yourself and grow your creative wings. I’ve actually done some of them (like an ABC photo walk and other wonder walks), a Daily Photo Project, and finding beauty in the mundane. There are some I can’t wait to try like the Circles Test and Portmanteaux.

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Check out the entire list of 50 ideas from Learning Bird.