Yesterday I had the good fortune to listen to many senior capstone presentations at Goucher College and while they were all excellent, one in particular spoke to me. The young lady presenting spoke of her college journey and how she realized creativity played an important role in our mental well being.

I could not agree more. I know from personal experience how much better I feel when I am able to spend time in my workshop creating with my stamps, ink, and paper. No matter how bad my day was, as soon as I can spend sometime creating a beautiful card or papercraft, I always feel so much better. The beauty of creative express is there is no right way to do it. Creativity is as individual as the person behind it.

I see that when new stampers come to my classes they are so worried about “doing it wrong” and I always tell them the same thing. There is only a right way to use the tools – there is no wrong way of creating! It’s only stamps, ink, and paper – any “mistake” can be fixed – either by adding an embellishment, designer paper, or just incorporating it into the design. I make mistakes all the time and I’ve realized it’s OK. The fate of the world does not hang on whether I placed a stamp in the exact right place.

Part of the creative process is letting go and opening up to new experiences. Don’t let your fears and self doubt hold you back. Jump into the creative process with abandon and let yourself experience the joy that comes with creating. I know you will feel happier as you see your creation take shape.

So I encourage you to challenge yourself to try something new today – go to a paint night, take that dance class, learn to play an instrument, knit, or crochet. Or join me by creating with stamps, ink, and paper. My store and door are always open for you to join me on this creative journey. Happy Creating!!

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