I have seen that quote popping up here & there on Pinterest and just fell in love with it. I love the positive thoughts behind it. I love that there is a possiblity to redirect ourselves when we think all has gone wrong. This happens a lot in creating. Things just aren't working out the way you want them to. You had this vision of the way the piece should be and it's failing. What to do? Some say just walk away. But what if we stop, re-evaluated, and change directions?
Enter in a card in the works for Lily Bee last week. I had this idea of a fall wreath using diecut leaves. I had this doily laying around that i had used as a mask that i thought would make a great little backdrop for the wreath. I sprayed it a deeper blue and began layering the leaves. It was ok but not quite the vision in my head.
I plowed forward even though i wasn't feeling the piece. I stitched down all the leaves. I liked the wonky black stitching but wasn't sure how it was going to translate onto the card. I said to myself just see where this leads you.
I even punched out the square sticker using a scalloped circle. I layed it all out on the card background. I pushed it around & around & around. I changed out the background strips as well as the card base. Sorry no pictures as i was completely frustrated. I was ready to scrap the whole card, toss it & move on.
a DEEP BREATH to relieve my frustration
and the quote popping in my head
"When nothing goes right, go left."
The doily just wasn't working with the colors or the look so i trimmed it off. Awesome. Now i have a beautiful sunflower. The scallop wasn't working either in the center, so i trimmed it into a circle. The black stitching look great but i needed to bring in a little more to balance the colors. I am thankful i stopped, took a big breath, and went a different direction. Now the card looks complete and something i totally love.