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Pressing On To Find Creativity
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Pressing on to Find Creativity
I was trying to be a prepared mom, you know, having activities for my kids to do in the in-between times. I have five boys. We were travelling a lot and moving to a new city, so we would be three days here, four days there, and then do it all over again.
We were living out of suitcases and eating out more than I care to admit, but we were doing it and having fun with it as well. We were out of our normal routine, so I would carry cards, an iPhone, crayons, and pens in my bag. We carried another bag with our homeschool books to do a little work here and an assignment there.
Then one day, I left my bag in the wrong place. I was here and it was there. My boys were here with me, and my activities were at home there. We had hours to fill and nothing to fill it with. What was I supposed to do?
I decided that we would spend the afternoon at a park. The kids always beg me over and over to go spend time at parks to play and run, so today would be the day. We drove to a nearby park with huge green trees and a nice open area and a small play section. I was sure this would work! Twenty minutes later, one by one, they came and sat on the grass.
"When are we going home?" they asked. "Can we go yet?" "Is there something else we can do?" I was shocked. I was befuddled. I was frustrated. They finally had hours just to play and do whatever they wanted. and they used up all their ideas in 20 minutes! What's wrong with this picture? I imagined my boys happily playing imaginary games in and out of the trees, and climbing and playing and laughing with each other. Then I realized that we get so used to short bursts of attention to one thing that we never really press on to creativity. We are entertained and occupied in our minds so that the creativity of imagining and inventing and creating never has a chance to take hold.
I decided right there that my boys needed a little lesson in creativity. We had no toys, no games, no electronics, no art supplies or anything, just a park and a lot of time to fill. I picked up a few little sticks from under a tree and started shoving them into the soft cool earth under the tree. Maybe this could be a fort....? I grabbed a few more sticks and stuck them in the dirt in a circle. I needed a flag, so I found a longer stick and a nice big green leaf and threaded the leaf onto the top of the stick. I jammed it proudly into the ground in front of my fort.
By this time the boys are asking me what I'm making, "What is it, Mom?" they asked. I explained that this is my fort, and right away they asked if they could make forts. Sure, make them out of whatever you want. All at once they went rushing off to all parts of the park gathering falling bark, sticks, leaves, pinecones, small rocks, and even feathers. They were building forts! The little boys decided they could work together to make one big fort. My oldest son soon went into business for himself, taking the time to gather the prized flat pieces of bark that were harder to find and gathering up the flattest of the leaves and the prettiest pinecones. He then sold them to his brothers for a multitude of sticks for building his own fort.
An hour and a half later, I had to drag them away. Their elaborate forts had roofs of leaves and walls of sticks and bark. There were walkways and paths and lookout towers. I was very pleased. I could not have asked for a more productive afternoon.
How often do you get the opportunity to press through to the heart of creativity? It is so often crowded out by the everyday distractions that lead us away. Instead of taking time to draw, to paint, to tell a story or make something beautiful, we check emails again or do anything else but stare at the blankness and create something that never was before.
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Wednesday, June 13th - 12 Noon EDT
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 12 Noon EDT for the High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes, simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week.
On June 13th, we'll do a Photo Manipulation Challenge. Create a layout using a photo you have manipulated in some way - change it to black and white or sepia, remove a distraction, cut out the subject - anything goes!
Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!
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Thursday, June 14th - 8:00PM EDT
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June's Forum Game: Re-JUNE-venate!
We helped you jumpstart your January and now it's time to re-JUNE-venate your focus on scrapbooking! Join us on the Scrap Girls Forum for "Re-JUNE-venate!" This is a game and challenge that focuses on taking time to scrapbook regularly despite the little "speedbumps" of life. When the month is over you'll have completed several layouts and been treated to some fun along the way.
A Welcoming Committee Member will post a task each Monday through Saturday from June 1-30. The tasks will be formatted in a LARGE PURPLE FONT for ease of locating them in the game thread as it grows. Some tasks will require Forum participation, email responses or gallery posting. Read each daily task carefully to see what is required of you.
Those who complete all the required tasks and submit or post required participation by 11:59pm EDT on June 30th will be entered in a drawing to win one of three $10 Gift Certificates to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Those who complete all the layouts will be entered in a drawing to win one of two $5 Gift Certificates. Each person who completes a layout will be entered – once for each completed challenge page- into a drawing for one of three $3 Gift Certificates.
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June Monthly Layout Contest: June is full of weddings and graduations – a time of pomp and circumstance. For June's contest, we want to see your wedding, graduation or other special occasion layouts. Post your layouts in the June Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight EDT on June 30th and you could one of the two people who will win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Please be sure to list your layout's product credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties.
Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
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