Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Scrapbooker’s Creativity Kit

How many times have you started to work on a project but the inspiration just wasn’t there? You lost your mojo and you wonder how you will ever find it again.

Claudine Hellmuth, author of The Scrapbooker’s Creativity Kit, began using word prompts in college to help her jump start ideas. Since those years, Claudine has revised the word prompts a bit, but still uses this same idea whenever she needs to rejuvenate her creative energy.

The Scrapbooker’s Creativity Kitgives you all of the materials necessary to start you on a journey of never losing that creative inspiration again. The kit comes packaged in a handy 9 x 7 inch box that holds an 80 page instruction book and 180 color and word cards. The book is your starting point and it begins by telling you who the creativity kit players and gallery contributors are. Next you will find instructions on how to use this kit. Claudine thought it would be fun to find out how 6 other talented artists would interpret the same set of cards. The word card deck consists of 30 double-sided word cards with 2 different words on each side giving you a total of 120 word prompts to choose from in the kit. The color card deck consists of 30 double-sided cards with a shade of color on one side and the complimentary tint on the other side, giving you a total of 60 color choices. To begin the “game”, Claudine drew one word card and two color cards. Each of the players could only use the word and colors that were facing up. The first word/color combination you will find in this book is Food + Pink + Red. This combination evoked thoughts of sushi, daydreams, and a trip to New Zealand from the players. Throughout the book some of the artists struggled with a color combination and I enjoyed reading how they overcame that obstacle. It was also interesting to see how each person interpreted the word/color prompt.

When the review team received The Scrapbooker’s Creativity Kit we decided to play along just like Kal Barteski, Ashley Calder, Donna Downey, Rhonna Farrer, Claudine Hellmuth, Christina Lazar-Schuler, and Genevieve Simmonds did in the book. April Derrick chose our first two sets of word/color prompts from the shuffled decks and then we chose our own prompts for our final project.

The first set of prompts that I worked with was Year + Teal + Bright Pink. The color combination made me feel happy and as I began to think about these colors in combination with the word “year” it took my mind back to the happiest day of my life, the year I was married. That year had brought about many changes for me, all of which has brought me happiness today.

Tammy_SCK1
Title: the year 1992
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Velvet Print Paper (Michaels)
Patterned Cardstock (My Minds Eye Dreamy 2)
Phrase Card (My Minds Eye Dreamy 2)
Flower Transparencies (My Minds Eye Dreamy 2)
White Pen (Inksenssials)
Border Punch (Martha Stewart)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

The next set of word/color prompts were Wisdom + Green + Navy. The combination seemed to have a rich flavor and promoted a deep meaning. As I pondered on this combination I remembered a Bible scripture in Proverbs about wisdom. My mind then went back to a trip I took to Arkansas this past fall and the memories of this beautiful chapel. I wanted a rustic look to my layout so I used a torn piece of cardstock and painted it navy as my background paper. Then I used some ink and glitter embossing powders to add a bit of sparkle to the background. It all came together that easy.

Chapel
Title: Chapel
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Patterned Paper (Cosmo Cricket)
Chipboard (Cosmo Cricket)
Acrylic Paint (Claudine Hellmuth & Golden)
Ink (Colorbox)
Stardust Embossing Powder (PK Glitz)
Torn Cardboard
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

For my last project it was going to be left up to me to shuffle the two decks and pick the cards. My word/color prompts were Song + Coral + Green.

My-Card-Choices

I will just be honest, I wasn’t happy with my prompts and I was tempted to return them to the deck and draw again but that would have defeated the whole purpose of The Scrabooker’s Creativity Kit. I decided to work through the difficultly. I remembered that my son Michael wore a lot of Orange and Coral colored shirts and he was always making up funny songs about something. As I began to browse through my photographs I came across these photos of him being silly on his birthday. The combination worked!

Singing-Cowboy
Title: Singing Cowboy
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Shaped Paper (Bazzill)
Colorbox Ink (Clearsnap)
Stardust Embossing Glitter (PK Glitz)
Stamps (Autumn Leaves)
Flowers (Hero Arts)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

At the writing of this review, I have not seen how the other four members of our review team interpreted the first two prompts that were given. I am really looking forward to seeing all of the different projects that were created and I hope that you find it just as interesting. It was really amazing to see how the combination of word and color prompts got my mind to thinking in ways otherwise I might not have. Just like using coral with the green, I probably never would have used this color combination had it not been for me randomly choosing these colors from the deck. Of course, you are not limited to just picking one word and two colors, you could easily pick 2 words and one color or any variation. The Scrapbooker’s Creativity Kit is to inspire, not keep you locked inside of a box!

If you are like the thousands of artists that suffer from an occasional (or maybe more than occasional) creative block, then you need to get your copy of The Scrabooker’s Creativity Kit by Claudine Hellmuth and keep in your studio where you can easily pick a prompt, or two, or three….

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