Sunday, 28 April 2013

Tag a Day project, or the case of the Missing Mojo....

Welcome everyone and thank you for dropping by.

I am sharing another tag with you today. This tag is part of a larger project, - time for confession:

As some of you know, I have been away from home for a very long time, nearly 6 weeks in all. First in the States for work and then in Australia visiting family. (All of my posts during this time were scheduled). Well, somewhere on my travels I seem to have left behind my mojo, and I have found it really hard to settle back into some creativity......

So after trying out some of the usual remedies for this ailment (that seems to hit quite a few of us from time to time), - tidying up craft space, visiting blogs and Pinterest for inspiration, watching videos etc etc, nothing seemed to help really, so -, what to do next.... Well, just keep making things, yes ok, been there, done that, rather mediocre projects to put it mildly, and to those of you that so kindly have commented, a big thank you. Result: still no mojo. So that's where I am right now. At first I thought, that maybe I should dig out one of my zillion unfinished journals and create some pages just for fun. But then I hit on the idea of working on a smaller scale, and that's where the Tag a Day project was born...
So here's the plan (and sorry for this long waffle), I am going to make one tag a day, just playing around, like a mini journal really. And in the end I'll put them altogether into a little booklet to look back and see where it took me. So, here goes, tag no 1. I'm not going  to give myself any pressure to post them everyday, nor am I going to give you all the details on how I do them, I  am just going to play. But if you are really wanting to know something about it, just email me.

So after this long expose, I'll just leave you with some photos.




One of things I will do with these tags is try out some new techniques and re-visit some old ones, stamping, collage stuff, playing with pretty papers, and well, I'll just have to see where it takes me...
Thank you so much for visiting and hanging in there with me, - it is much appreciated!!

52 comments:

  1. Oh Astrid it's not good when you feel dissatisfied with your art and I am sure you will find your creativity come pouring back with such a clever way to kickstart it again. This tag certainly doesn't look as though mr mojo has gone walkabout, I think he is teasing you. I especially love the heart and butterfly and that gorgeous colour palette.
    Enjoy your Sunday.
    Hugs Brenda xox

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  2. Hi Astrid....such a beautiful start to your tag a day. It will be interesting to see where this journey takes you, sometimes it is at times like this that we grow in ways unexpected. Good journey!
    Dot x

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  3. Astrid, I wouldn't have known your mojo was gone, with the beautiful projects you have done, always have done and no doubt will continue to do. I guess we all hit these times when creativity flounders, but I am sure your idea of a tag a day will hopefully bring your mojo back. Sending you warm hugs xxx

    Love your tag!!!!

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  4. looks like your mojo is well and truly teasing as looks like he is there to me...looks fab, great colours and some beautiful details and scrummy colours! I think it looks fab xx hugs trace x

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  5. If my missing mojo looked like yours I'd be soo happy. But I know what you mean and I don't have the excuse of traveling and being away from home. But it's missing just the same.. I think it's Spring fever!!! The tag is simply beautiful. Loves the colors uses.

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  6. The tag a day sounds like a great idea - and this is a fab creation, look forward to seeing others (if you decide to share...no pressure!)

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  7. Hi Astrid, I love this tag, particularly the colour combo. I would never have guessed your mojo was missing.

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  8. this is incredible, a real piece of art

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  9. A wonderful tag Astrid and a really great way to get your mojo back-well by the look of this tag it is back already :)

    chrissie x

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  10. Hello Astrid
    Going away on a holiday, often makes you feel this way, but you are doing the right thing, playing with products and designing with no pressure, your No1 Tag is gorgeous, even though you may feel it is mediocre, I find it inspiring, but then I love your work.
    I shall look forward to your future Tags, and I know your MOJO will resurface again, it happens to us all and we all fret, but you know it will return eventually.
    Hanging in with you,
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  11. Gads - I am going through the same thing :-(
    This tag is awesome Astrid.. I might even try this remedy myself. You are always such an inspiration to me :-)
    Hugz
    IKE xxx

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  12. Gorgeous and I love that sentiment!

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  13. I wish I could produce something this beautiful when my mojo does a runner. Astrid it is beautiful but having said that I can understand how you feel. I think you've hit on a great idea for overcoming the problem though and like the others I shall look forward to seeing whatever you decide to share with us. Have fun my friend!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  14. Astrid: Thanks for sharing your comments on how you've lost your mojo, and what attempts you've made to get it back. I'm in a similar funk myself right now. But your tag is far from mediocre. It's fantastic!

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  15. If you hadn´t said so, I would never think of any lost mojo here, that´s for sure. Your tag is absolutely gorgeous as always hun. I really love, what you´ve done.
    I think you´ve done the right things with no pressure and just let things come by again by itself, then it automaticly will suddenly be back to the same old fun times again.
    I´ve been in the same myself here pretty much since Christmas, and I haven´t even been anywhere, just kind of lost the feel of anything and just don´t get things done, even I should, but I really hope, it will get back too real soon, and I sure hope, yours will too, as you´re one of those, I use to get lots of my inspiration from too LOL.

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  16. I'm waiting for my molo to return too, it's been a while.
    Eilyx

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  17. I do know this feeling and really love your kickstart idea! I think your tag is exquisite and the background and heart are beautiful, such gorgeous colours too. Really looking forward to seeing your next one! Chris x

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  18. Well I hadn't thought you had lost your mojo as your work is always fabulous - but not a nice place to be. So frustrating - (I am the same after our 6 weeks sailing in the summer). So what a fabulous idea for no pressure play, I shall remember that.

    And what a fabulous tag. Look forward to seeing more!

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  19. I feel the same as everyone else, your mojo looks really healthy to me, but I guess it's how you feel about it that's important. Your work is always gorgeous Astrid, and I really love this tag and I hope that you find your 'mojo' soon, but in the meantime we will all still adore your art because it's fabulous. ox Marg

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  20. I've been feeling the exact same way! I'm beginning to think that there has to be a reason and I should stop pushing myself or being disheartened (difficult when there are DT projects to do)... eventually I know my creativity will return... it always does ... it's part of who we are. I love your pretty tag ... All the details and work put into it ... relax ... everything needs charging now and then ... even creativity. Have a lovely Sunday

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  21. WOW that tag is really a wonderful masterpiece, love how you created it.
    Hugs Anja

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  22. What a brave and beautiful post... and what a wonderful decision to release yourself from pressure and just play. I have to agree with the others - this tag is already bursting with returning mojo, I'd say.

    Glorious colours, and delicious textures... the patina'd heart looks fabulous. As a whole it has such a natural, yet magical feel. Looking forward so much to seeing where your journey takes you through the next tags...
    Alison xx

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  23. This tag couldn't be any prettier, Astrid. Your attention to detail really kicks it up and the colors and textures add to its vintage goodness. Your mojo is still with you...just letting you do the work!

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  24. Oh no Astrid......but what a good plan with a Tag a Day, I may adopt your idea to see if my mojo is in hiding with yours, LOL!!!
    Beautiful tag - love all the textures & colours!!!
    Hugs Ann xx

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  25. Another piece of art!! Love the color combo and background!

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  26. Loving your tag Astrid and its good to create just for yourself without any pressure. Methinks your Mojo is just a breath away, hugs Annette x

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  27. This is absolutely stunning Astrid. Did you use polymer clay to make your heart? If so could you tell me how you coloured it? The reason I ask is that this is an area which I myself have just moved into. I hope you don't mind me asking. Thanks for sharing this beautiful project.

    Michelle E xx

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  28. Dear Astrid,
    ofcourse you feel kind of without mood creating and being on top!!
    I can imagine how difficult it must bee leaving a little new grandchild behind so far away, knowing it will be long, untill you see her,and her parents again, my dear friend!
    I know that kind of not being inspired!!!
    That said, I love your new tag, and start of a little book, showing new techniques- it is a wonderful piece- with all your papers and stamps, -the butterfly with the pen body is ,as the heart so very beautiful, and the glitter makes it the start of a magic fairytale!
    Warm hugs,Dorthe

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  29. This is one beautiful tag! Lovely texture & elements!

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  30. Hi Astrid
    for someone who feels her Mojo has gone missing I have to say that this tag is beautiful. The colour choice, the layers the texture everything about it is amazing, really fantastic
    Ria

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  31. I can see every millimeter of work you have done to create the gorgeous tag, well Miss Astrid when you do get that mojo back and it will come, you are going to blow our socks off, I agree just play and have fun thats what creatings all about honey, so go have some big fun, big hugs to you...

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  32. thanks Astrid for sharing your evolving artistic journey with us, change by its nature is never comfortable, hugs to all.

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  33. Meine Güte, Astrid, wie wunderschön...
    Ein herrliches Tag mit so wundervollen Details.
    Ich liebe den Schmetterling mit der Schreibfeder.
    Die Idee ist unglaublich :-)
    Fantastisch!

    Umarmung und liebe Grüße von Sophie xx

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  34. Hi Astrid you have had such a busy but wonderful time over the last 6 weeks and its only natural that you are feeling this way..... The time difference and travel will be catching up with you. This is a wonderful project with lots of thoughtful techniques and ideas. I look forward to seeing more of your tags. Enjoy your time playing and having fun creating.
    CRafty Hugs

    Annie x

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  35. Seriously sympathise with that feeling Astrid. Sounds like you've got a great plan though and your tag is a real winner. Hope you get to feeling happier with your work very soon. Hugs, Jenny x

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  36. Beautiful tag Astrid and for someone who just wants to play around, you have a grand plan working in that creative brain of yours.
    Sandy

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  37. While you wouldn't know it from looking at the tag, I TOTALLY understand what you mean about being gone and losing the mojo. I was only gone 2 weeks, and mine is so AWOL it's ridiculous. And actually, I'm not working real hard to get him to visit. I figure he will come when he comes. But this tag is seriously beautiful. The painted metals are stunning!

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  38. ive been there.......sometimes u just need a break. looking forward to seeing your tags. all your work is so inspiring to me.
    thanks
    defucodesign.blogspot.com
    please join.........
    hv a creative week

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  39. This tag is gorgeous! The only one placing pressure on you, is you. Please give yourself a break and just breathe! Your mojo never left...

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  40. Your tag is beautiful and I think your idea of no pressure is wonderful, your mojo will be back in no time!

    Hugs,
    Robin

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  41. You will never loose your mojo sweetie as your fabulous tag shows us.

    So glad you are home again and I know the heavy heart you have at the moment. The photos of your beautiful, happy and sunny looking granddaughter are amazing. From what I can see she looks a lot like daddy.

    Make yourself a little album for your handbag and when that nasty blue feeling takes hold just look at her sweet little face and the smile will certainly come back.

    Take care my friend.

    Hugs Shirley x x

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  42. Glad you lost your mojo hehe, now you came up with the most beautiful project!

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  43. I think "mojo" is back in full swing! Hopefully you had a great time during your crafty break! This tag is exquisite and I so love the patina on the butterfly and heart! Love this tag!

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  44. A truly fabulous tag! Like others would never have know Mr Mojo was missing, what a good idea to get you going again with no pressure.

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  45. Ein großartiges Kunstwerk ist das Tag, ich bin immer wieder fasziniert von deinen traumhaft schönen Werken, liebe Astrid!
    Liebe Grüße,
    Bärbel

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  46. Astrid your work is always so beautiful but these tags are really among my favorite things you have made. They have such depth and layering. Keep doing what your doing and we will take anything you want to show us when you want to show us. You are a great inspiration to me in my work. Thank you.
    DianeD

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  47. Astrid, sometimes our muse needs a break too I guess but I don't think yours actually left as this tag is absolutely gorgeous. The pen tip butterfly is fabulous as well as all the other elements. You always do beautiful work even if you don't "feel" it. Big hugs,
    ~Deb~
    CDAC DT Member
    A Look Through My Eyes

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  48. Hi Astrid your work is never mediocre it is always totally inspiring! My inky mojo has deserted me for a while as my sewing mojo is suffocating it I think, so I think I may try your tag idea to kick start my mojo too. XX

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  49. Lovely tag. I love all the texture and fine details!

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  50. Hi Astrid, came across this one on pintrest this morning love it, Dee x

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