So its been a little bit that I have blogged, but I've been scrapbooking lots lately. I listened to the Paperclipping Roundtable Podcast yesterday and scrapbooker May Flaum mentioned that she blogs by the pool in the NEON episode. I got to thinking that I should try to make a scrapbook page at the pool (usually I just do scrapbooking busy work (or Pinterest Pinning!) rather than creating a layout. So I gave it a try and made a scrapbook page about the pool while I was at the pool yesterday! I loved scrapbooking outside. I'm going to make scrapbooking part of my poolside routine.
Improv Scrapbooking Concept: "FRUSTRATING THE WANT'
The Improv Concept of "frustrating the want" is that when one of the players has a want the others in the group "Yes, And" the want but then go ahead and totally make it impossible for the original player to fulfill the want. Example: Improv player #1 says "I've got to get quiet time to get some homework done." Player #2 says "Oh yes, absolutely, don't let me bother you" and then proceeds to start drum practice. Then Player #3 also agrees to be quiet but starts hammering nails; player #4 starts opera singing; etc. So that they players are all agreeing the the initial player's want but then going ahead and frustrating it anyway.
How to apply this to scrapbooking? Do I want to find ways to frustrate my wants in scrapbooking? Heck no! I want to figure out what my frustrations are and think up clever ways to solve them. For example, I want to create more scrapbook pages but my kids want to swim in the pool for hours and hours and hours a day. They are strong swimmers but we don't let them swim without an adult; so I play lifeguard but don't have to watch them like a hawk, they chatter the whole time so most of the time I can just listen to their constant chatter while I surf Pinterest on my iphone. But the pinterest search has sort of been frustrating my own want to spend more time scrapbooking. So actually scrapbooking satisfies my want; funny? No, not really; but that's not the goal. I was letting my want get frustrated by being outside away from my scrapbooking room; so I re-thought the whole poolside routine and satisfied my own want.
IMPROV SCRAPBOOKING EXERCISE: Think of something you've been frustrated with in your scrapbooking (or not scrapbooking) routine and think up a new way to satisfy your want.
Can't think of anything that is frustrating you in the scrapbooking department? Here are some ideas and some possible answers:
1. Not Enough Time To Scrapbook? A. Figure out a way to cut out something else (like tv); or B. Figure out how to scrapbook faster.
2. Not Enough Budget For The Latest & Greatest Scrapbooking Supplies? A. Try the Counterfeit Kit Club Blog Challenge to get your old stuff to seem new; or B. Figure out what you really use (patterned paper, stickers, whatever) and only buy "new" of that item and use it with your older supplies.
3. Having a Hard Time Thinking Up Stories to Scrapbook? A. Go about your scrapbooking process from a different place - ie. if you usually start with photos, try starting with product; or B. Talk to your friends and family, make a little mental note (or if you are like me - actually write it down so you don't forget later); and scrapbook the conversation or the stories you talked about.
That should get you started; if you have questions about "frustrating the want" or "improvisational scrapbooking" please leave a comment.