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From Inspiration Hoarder to Maker

Today’s the day to make the shift from inspiration hoarder mode to a maker mindset. There’s just a few steps to get started. 

Today's the day to make the shift from inspiration hoarder mode to a maker mindset. There's just a few steps to get started.

Here’s the story.

Today you are going to transform from an inspiration hoarder to a maker.

Tell me if this sounds familiar.

You love finding inspiration – whether it is on Pinterest, blogs, magazines or somewhere else. It doesn’t matter if it is craft projects, DIY projects, or something else entirely. You are constantly coming across totally awesome stuff you want to make. But, after awhile you start to notice that you have collected hoards of inspiration but have yet to do anything with it.

Today that changes.

Today you go from inspiration hoarder to maker.

Maybe you collect all kinds of ideas because you like them – great, you should continue to do that – but you have a hard time getting started with them because you don’t necessarily have the skills to do it, or the project materials might be expensive, or maybe you don’t have the time right now to commit to completing the project. Any one of these reasons could be what is keeping you from getting started.

So you don’t do that project – then you don’t do any project.

Your goal today is going to be to find a project that you can complete. Keep it small, minimal, somewhat simple. You want to get an easy win on this one and transform your mindset from someone who collects inspiration but does not follow through into that of that into a maker – someone who see an idea or finds inspiration + actually creates something.

If you want to be a maker, you actually have to do that work – you have to make stuff.

The first thing to decide is what you want to make. This should be easy because you already have so much inspiration saved up. Head over to wherever it is that you collect your inspiration – Pinterest, a journal, a notebook, a bulletin board, a folder on your desktop, etc. Go through it. Pick something simple. You are looking for something that will take an hour or less of your time. Also, choose a project where you already have the materials or you can easily find them at a local store. Choose a project that will allow you to get started right away.

If you’ve got a big long list of inspiration, go through and cross off the ones that are going to take you too much time. Then cross off all of the ones that you need to learn a new skill for. (One point – I’m not saying cross them off forever, just for now until you get started with a creative habit). Cross all the ones that require materials that are too expensive.

Here’s my example. Here is my DIY board on Pinterest. These are all things that I think are awesome, pretty, or in some cases totally awesome. I want to make them all!

Today's the day to make the shift from inspiration hoarder mode to a maker mindset. There's just a few steps to get started.

Now here is my board with projects crossed off that I thought would be too difficult, too time consuming or too expensive for my first one. Here’s the project I am going to do first.


Today's the day to make the shift from inspiration hoarder mode to a maker mindset. There's just a few steps to get started. I picked my project – something easy with only a few materials and hard to mess up – the project that is going to help me go from inspiration hoarder to maker.

Next, I am going to figure out what resources/materials I need to complete this project. I’ll make a list and gather them.

Then, if I think about my time – when can I actually do this? During my kids’ nap time? After work + dinner? A chunk of time on the weekend? If you are actually going to do this, you need to prepare so that when you have that chunk of time, you actually execute – you make something! Instead of saying that I only have an hour and I need to decide what I want to do, go to the store, learn a new skill, etc. Not going to happen that way!

Set yourself up for success by doing the preparations first. 

Finally, Is there anything you need to learn before trying? If I I want to hand-letter, should I watch some Youtube videos, or should I just start making. Decide now.

Go make.

Wait, wait, wait. Hold on. One very important point I need to make.

Your first go round is probably going to suck. Most likely it won’t look just like that pin from Pinterest. It’s not going to look just like that Instagram post. You are probably going to feel bad about that, it’s natural. But, then stop and think. Whoever made the source of inspiration probably made it a few times to get it to look perfect. Or, they practice their creativity all the time, so it is going to look amazing. Whereas this is the first time you have tried it, so of course it is not going to look the same. Understand that as you shift from inspiration hoarder mode to a maker mindset, you are probably going to create some total garbage at first. But you have to do that in order to get to the good stuff. You might even throw away some of the stuff you make – that’s okay. You are putting in the practice so that you can increase your skills.

Okay, back to it – go make something!

You did it? Awesome some sauce.

Okay, here is the deal. Going from inspiration hoarder to maker is not a one time transition unless you actually make a practice habit out of it.

Here are some links to making a creative practice habit. Here and here.

Get started!

Today's the day to make the shift from inspiration hoarder mode to a maker mindset. There's just a few steps to get started.

5 Ways to Take Your Creativity to the Next Level. Click to steal these 5 ideas now.

5 Ways to Take Your Creativity to the Next Level

5 Ways to Take Your Creativity to the Next Level. Click to steal these 5 ideas now.

You are a creative person. You know this. I know this. We all know this. Thinking you aren’t creative is not your problem. Your problem is your creativity is starting to bore you. Not too long ago, you couldn’t get enough of it, but now, you are no longer challenged and inspired by it.

How did this happen? Well, like anything else in your life, you need to nurture your creativity in order to allow it to grow + change. When you first started practicing your creativity/creative venture, you were a novice. So anything you were learning or trying was new and exciting. Now that you have been doing it for awhile, you can’t expect to get the same satisfaction from continuing to do the same things that previously brought you joy.

So how then do you get out of this creative rut? You need to take your creativity to the next level.

How can you take your creativity to the next level?

First, identify your purpose + your goal.  Your purpose is your why. Why do you practice your creativity? Is it because you want to? Or because you feel like you should? Or maybe because you need a creative outlet? Or is it even something as simple as practicing your creativity makes you happy? Whatever your why is – figure it out.

The second piece of taking your creativity to the next level is identifying your goal.  What do you want to accomplish by practicing your creativity? Are you just excited to learn something new? Are you trying to make yourself happy and fulfilled? Are you hoping to become better at a specific creative venture in order to make money from it? It doesn’t matter what your goal is – as long as you can verbalize it.

Identifying your purpose + goal can help shift everything. Now you that you know why you want to practice your creativity and what you want to do with it, here are a few ideas to help you take your creativity to the next level.

5 Ways to Take Your Creativity to the Next Level. Click to steal these 5 ideas now.


Number 1

Challenge yourself to try something new – sign up for an online course or an in person class in a completely new creative area.  Maybe you are currently a very talented photographer. Great, but if it is no longer inspiring you, you may need to try (even temporarily) another creative venture that takes you out of your comfort zone and challenges you. You might even find that by learning something completely different it helps you in your current creative field.

Number 2

Expand your skillset within your current craft – continue to work on your current creative venture but push yourself to gain a new skillset. Maybe you learned how to knit 3 years ago, but since then you have only been making scarf after scarf. By challenging yourself to learn just one new knitting skill, you can greatly expand the number of projects you are able to make/create.

Number 3

Find a creative buddy and get collaborating – collaborating with someone else can push you in directions you had not previously considered while working on your own. (Read this article on how collaboration/competition could be the key to your creative success and this article on finding a creative collaborators).

Number 4

Take away a choice in your creativity. If you love to sew, but lately have been feeling blah about it, decide that you aren’t allowed to buy any new fabric, but have to use all of your scraps. Put some limitations on your creativity and you will see it flourish. It will once again demand your full attention and in turn it will inspire you.

Number 5

Share your work. If you have been creating/making in a vacuum, decide that you are going to start sharing your work – in real life or on the Internet – whichever is less scary to you. You don’t have to necessarily ask anyone for feedback, but just put yourself out there and see what happens.

Before you do anything else, read through this list of 5 ideas again. Choose the one that sounds the best/most reasonable to you. Brainstorm a list of ways you can implement it.

Take 20 seconds to leave me a comment, telling me which of the 5 you choose. Can’t wait to hear from you!

#CreateShare2015 Starts Tomorrow!

Just a quick reminder that #CreateShare2015 starts tomorrow, Wednesday September 16th.

I hope you will join us, whether you are someone who is in the habit of creating each and everyday, or if this is the kick in the butt you need to get going – either way, I can’t wait to see how you practice creativity.

If you are unsure of where to start, take a look at this graphic below to get some ideas:


**Quick note – you do need to follow the prompts in order to participate. We simply created them just in case anyone was having trouble getting started.

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