14 days of memory dex


Rules for #30daysofMemoryDex by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate

my rules of memorydex

It’s been a wonderful exercise showing up each day this month to MemoryDex.
Having never accomplished a #30daysofcreativity anything I am finding a new motivation to my creativity.
The showing up does not have to be elaborate everyday.
It does not have to be an over the top creative endeavor that beats out the previous days card.
It’s just simply an exercise in creativity. With many benefits.

But that is a post for another time.

Rules for #30daysofMemoryDex by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate
Day 8

Today I want to share with you something that I alluded to in my last video. You can reference that video right HERE to see the walk through of the first 1-7 days of these cards.
Also, you may like to see the first 7 days all in one place: 7 Days of MemoryDex

Rule No. 1

Stay with one collection.
Limit supplies.
This is actually a good rule for a lot of creative pursuits.
There are so many amazing awesome scrapbook and paper craft products out there. I for one say buy them all!!! However, when it comes down to the actual creative matter of the things, limiting supplies can actually cause one to be more creative and innovative, growing a skill and accomplishing the task.

The one collection I stayed with for these cards is Heidi Swapp's Emerson Lane Paper Line. It's a gorgeous collection. For individual product links see end of post.

Rules for #30daysofMemoryDex by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate
Day 9

Rule No. 2

Pop-up Technique

Not always. But fairly often, I tried to stick with one technique in particular. And that is what I call the pop-up technique. The idea is to have elements layered on the card with hot glue or dimensional tape. This is a favorite technique of mine anyway, and so the need to exploit it is strong with this one.

Rules for #30daysofMemoryDex by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate
Day 10

Rule No. 3

Time limit.

OK. So I have a whole theory on setting a timer for tasks to be accomplished. And I did the same with this one. I set a 20 minute timer in which to craft the MemoryDex card of the day. Now. That is not to say I always got it done in that time frame. Nor is it to say I always took up that amount of time. It was more of a reference so that I would not get caught up in it all spending an hour on one card.

Rules for #30daysofMemoryDex by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate
Day 11

Rule No. 4

Show Up Everyday.

Well now. Isn’t that the crux of the whole idea to a 30 day creative challenge? Yep. Actually. It is. But I like to check the box, so this needed to be a rule to give me additional sense of progress. See how I role?

Rules for #30daysofMemoryDex by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate
Day 12
Rule No. 5


Before each card I would mentally brainstorm what I was going to do. This in itself is a super great creative exercising of that muscle. Often after I dropped the kids to their respective schools I would then just think and talk out loud how the day's card was going to go down. I believe in the idea of brainstorming ideas. No matter the category. This is a good idea for many areas of life.

Rules for #30daysofMemoryDex by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate
Day 13

Five rules for MemoryDex.
There are five more that will wait for next week’s post.
But these here are pretty crucial and can aid in getting any creative endeavor off to a good start.

Rules for #30daysofMemoryDex by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate
Day 14

Are there rules you have in place for your creativity? Leave a comment below. I would love to get inside your creative brain a little.

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