Don't get discouraged if you feel you've lost your creativity. The busy lead-up to the Christmas season has proved to me that a little bit of distraction just might get you back on track.
Was it all the pre-Christmas sales I tried to promote? Was it my unorganized chaos trying to promote, design and maintain a normal life. I don't think I'll ever know, but what I do know is that "I was flat!" I had nothing creative emoting from my sizzling mind!
But, I didn't panic when nothing seemed to creativity click for designs on some of Zazzle's newest products like the premium necklaces and key rings. Nothing creative was sparked even as I was very excited that the new products offered the opportunity to use square designs which don't always look good on other products. Many of my fellow Zazzle® Users Group forum members were publishing wonderful designs on the new offerings. And there I sat with NOTHING!
So I decided to "step away" so to speak. I began to formulate and document my 2011 goals. I viewed other people's products and promoted them on TAS Shadow at Posterous. I reviewed, reorganized and revised tags, titles and descriptions on my published products. All this was progress I had long neglected and I knew just as other times when this creative lapse happened something would spark and I'd be creating again.
In the meantime, a customer purchased labels with one of my first fractal designs. I realized that this design wasn't on any of my iPhone 3G / 3GS, iPhone 4 or iPad Speck® hard cases. Nice, this was my first idea but it still wasn't for the new products. Thus idea #1 below.
As I was searching for that design, I noticed another fractal design that I hadn't used in the particular form I was currently viewing it (I had used it as part of other designs) and I thought it would look wonderful with a little more digital artwork. So off I went to create the additional artwork for the design which was a nice distraction. Nice, this was my second idea but it still wasn't for the new products. Thus idea #2 below.
As I was looking forward and continued working on my 2011 goals, I realized it was time to freshen up the Valentine's Day products and BAM, CRASH, SMACK in the face I got my third idea. Hearts! This idea would begin my production of designs for the new premium necklaces and key rings. And the nice part of this idea is that I can use design elements that I have used on other products which will work wonderfully alone or combined with some other design elements. Thus one of the many designs below that will come from idea #3.