Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Idea Savings Bank


Twice this week on Twitter, I heard the frustration of creative moms yearning to create, but can't because they have young children and no time. I so remember those days. With my first, it wasn't a big issue, but by the time the Little Guy arrived with his own agenda, I had no time to create. If you're creative, you know that it's as necessary as bathing. You can get by without it, but you and everyone around you suffers.


I nursed both of my kids and they would hang out forever if I let them. I'm probably one of the few moms who got a LOT of reading time;-) This was also a time of amazing idea generation for me. I was planning what I would focus on with my illustration career when I got back to it.


To keep from losing all of these ideas and going crazy, I started pasting pics from illustration magazines, color swatches, sketches (thumbnails, really), color studies, quotes from O magazine, and catalog pics. If I had an idea for an illo, I'd write it down in the journal. I wrote things about the kids, too, like when Little Guy started walking at 9 1/2 months on vacation. My kids don't have baby books, but they do have these memories written down in my journal.


If you are going through early Mommyhood or an illness that keeps you from creating, give this a try. It sure saved me.

8 comments:

  1. It was so nice of you to share this, Laura. I did much of the same when my 3 were younger and I thought I really needed a secretary. Your ideas are far more organized than mine were, but I applaud your sense of direction and forward look.

    Your illustrations on this blog and in the VSS are wonderful!

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  2. Thank you for sharing this! So many of us can surely relate!

    Jenni

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  3. Thanks! This book really kept me sane. Thank you, Ginger, that's sooo nice of you.

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  4. Great idea! I'm nursing twins so I have tons of reading time. Guess I should put it to better use. :)

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  5. Wow, Courtney. I can't even imagine that. Good for you!

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  6. I must say that it was clever thinking of you to keep a journal like that. Things can still get pretty tough for me now while taking care of my 6 and 2 year old kids. Thanks so much for sharing this, I think it's something I should try!

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  7. Thanks Traslucentblue! It really does help keep you sane. Life gets easier as they get older.

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  8. This is great Laura! I have done something similar this past year and it definitely helps...because the ideas way outweigh time (now) to create them. And I read a lot too and write some while nursing. Tulsi just turned one and barely started eating, so we still get lots of nursing time! Thanks for sharing!

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