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I'm good at copying other people's craft ideas, but not coming up with my own.
Hmm well sometimes it's about taking inspiration from other people's work, and making it your own. For example, I loved the video Miss Debauchery posted with the jewelry holder, and I thought I would like to do something similar to hold knitting needles. Except..
Then I thought, I'll use elastic to hold the needles.
Then I thought, I'd have pretty much no other way of attaching the elastic other than sewing, and over time it could rip through the cardboard.
So then I thought, I'll use plastic canvas instead of cardboard.
Then I thought, I can attach pockets to it also to hold small notions, etc.
Then I thought, that plastic canvas idea would also be pretty cool as a spice rack (because I NEED a spice rack).
Then I thought, I could also make a bread box with plastic canvas!
And today I realized that I can use plexiglass to make that spice rack.
And I can make them in different colors and sell them. And I could decoupage shit onto them! And I could put Bible verses on one for my sister and her husband!
And on, and on, etc.
So you see, it's not so much about copying other people's ideas, but letting them roll around in your head until it morphs into something else. I took a cardboard jewelry holder and turned it into a plexiglass spice rack! For me, a big part of how I come up with my ideas is that there is something that I need, and there's this material that I have. And then it just kind of works itself out in my head. For example, a few years back I was obsessed with making jewelry boxes out of cardboard and hot glue, and I got really damn good at it. The reason it started was because my best friend's bird died and she was really sad and wanted to bury him, and I had some cardboard laying around and made him a coffin. And because we were goth, it was black and actually like dracula-style, skinnier toward the bottom, etc. I think you're probably better at it than you think, you just have to turn off you brain to let it turn itself back on (does that make sense?). Lol, I hope I was helpful. If we do start doing this, I would still love for you to participate in voting, but I really encourage you to get involved, push the boundaries of your creativity!