Hi Everyone! I shared a similar card a few weeks ago, but this one has different background paper and I wanted to go ahead and share it, too. Check it out:
Since I shared something similar, I won't bore you with the details of this card. I would, however, like to spend some time sharing my thoughts of what I plan to do in terms of my crafting life in the coming year.
I think everything has cycles. Life, school, jobs, kids, etc...you name it, you can find a cycle to existence in any form--including our hobby. My hobby started with a reluctant acceptance of an invitation to a scrapbook event with a friend who didn't want to attend alone. A few months later, I added my first stamp set. A few years later, I have my own scrapbook room, and a blog and stacks of supplies! And I had energy and inspiration and wanted more of an experience. I tried out for design teams. I was turned away from plenty, but was accepted to some great ones, too. And it was great...for a long time! But I recently I have started to feel like my hobby is taking more from me than is something positive for me to spend my time doing. Add in the feeling of the need to acquire more, then try to rearrange to find room, then purge what you no longer have room for, etc. It's just too much. For me. Maybe not for anyone else. But for me, right now at this very moment, I have to hop off the treadmill. Something's gotta give....but what?
And that's where I am right now...sort of at a crossroads of what to do. And I think I've come up with a solution that will work for me. In 2014, I will create with what is in my room. I hope to cut with reckless abandon into papers that were too lovely to use for "just any" project. I will take my time to create. I will not feel pressure to post a blog post daily, or even every other day. I will enjoy what I have, and find inspiration wherever I can to use what I have. I will find joy in having "enough".
Will I try out for any future design teams? Maybe. If it's a good fit and looks like something that will bring me joy...then perhaps. But I will not hang any success in my hobby on my presence on a design team. I will be happy with the creative process just for the simple enjoyment of it.
Will I blog? Of course. I do love the interaction and friendship that blogging brings. But you may see old stuff. You WILL see old stuff. I hope this inspires you to use what you have. I hope you are OK with that because I want to prove that you can make great projects with what you have. And I hope you are OK with my presence being hit and miss.
Will I shop? Yes. In moderation and for specific items for projects that require it. I have found in the past that going "cold turkey" does not work for me at all. I begin to feel restriction that becomes stifling. Then, when I do open up my spending options, I don't spend my money in a very conscientious manner. So yes, shopping will be allowed, but I will shop my own stash first. And I'm going to tell you about it. My successes in chopping into beloved papers. And I'll probably fill you in on any shopping I do. Just because that's fun, too.
So in summary:
Use What I Have.
Less Pressure. Less Spending.
I sincerely think that this is a workable plan for me. I hope it provides the inspiration I need to find more JOY in my papercrafting world again, rather than obligation.
While I'm at it, I'm going to share my one little word for 2014. It's "Present." As in "Be Present." As in "Enjoy the Present." My 2013 word was Shine. And I failed miserably at having a shiny, sunny outlook this past year. It was a tough year and my word didn't inspire me. It was just not the right fit. But "Present" is going to work for me. I will be PRESENT in the moment going forward. And if that means blogging sporadically, or creating with 10 year old paper....I'm good with that. And I hope you are, too, and continue to read along with me. It's going to be a fun, interesting change of pace. And believe it or not....I'm already feeling inspired!
Have a great day!