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Unread 04-18-2017, 01:37 PM   #1
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Be more kind to yourself.
What is wrong with so many of us? I read post after post of crafters lamenting their efforts did not get the reaction they hoped for, they spent too much on supplies, a card did not turn out well enough and on and on.
It is a hobby. Hobbies are to be enjoyed-- not judged in any way. It is a hobby; not a life comittment.
Spend as little or as much money and time as your life style affords and enjoy and live in the moment. People -you create kindness for others but deny it for yourselves.
Please enjoy your hobby and again, be more kind to yourself. Create for the sake of creating and make that the value.
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Unread 04-18-2017, 01:38 PM   #2
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YES. Not really a rant - it's great advice. Find joy in creating. Sweet.
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So true and it isn't really a rant although I understand your thoughts behind it. And even agree! But it is an observation that we need to lighten up and enjoy the ride. Thank you for the reminder
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How about the other card maker next to you at a stamp class who tells you "that
isnt the right way to make it-----you have to follow the example."
Really? Talk about a stamp class crusher! You ruined my moment!
Was having joy and piece making my project.
(And had a demo once who went around and gave the same directions and watched
how things were made. If I am using the exact supplies you gave everyone else
and opt to alter it slightly, what difference does it make?).
This is why I don't attend classes. Lots of bossy bossy bossy.

I agree! Enjoy the moment! Seek joy and peace in your creations and worry
less about what others think or how they craft. You own the moment!
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If I am using the exact supplies you gave everyone else
and opt to alter it slightly, what difference does it make?).
This is why I don't attend classes.
I agree! Enjoy the moment! Seek joy and peace in your creations and worry
less about what others think or how they craft. You own the moment!
That's sad - I teach twice a month and I LOVE what my cardmakers teach me. I love it when they don't make "my" card. YOU BE YOU!
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Funny you should post this as yesterday a new journal page was running thru my head:

Pure Joy!
How long since I've allowed myself to experience it?
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Thank you! I really needed to read this. I tend to overthink every project which sometimes leaves me with no time to finish or even get started!
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Once a card leaves my home, I pretty much forget about it - other than maybe saying a silent prayer that it actually arrives at its destination! I had all the fun and joy of making it. I am a very slow cardmaker because I spend alot of time choosing an image & matching papers/cardstock and embellishments but really enjoy that side of creating plus it takes my mind off medical issues relating to my immediate family including myself. I rarely hear anything from anyone that they received my card but it doesn't bother me anymore. I don't care if they pull stuff off it to make another card, throw it at the TV, compost it or set fire to it.

One time, I was at a relative's home and they had bought a new wall unit and brought me over to it to have a look. Lo and behold, they had devoted one shelf to all my handmade cards! I had always assumed my cards were tossed once the occasion was over. One time, another relative posted a photo of my card on their Facebook page saying "my sister made this - isn't it amazing?!"

I guess my point is that you should never assume that someone isn't grateful or thankful for your handmade card - people forget to say thanks or time passes and they think it's too late to say thanks. Plus they have no idea of the amount of time & effort you put into your creation because they don't make cards. You just never know that one day your friend will tell you that they have saved every card that you ever made for them or that when they received your card in the mail, it was a bright spot in their day because their Dad had just been diagnosed with cancer.

I love this hobby for the friendships I have made and the extraordinary kindness and support I have had through many trials and heartache particularly since 2012. I feel blessed to have cardmaking friends from many parts of the world and I know how much I loved looking at all the beautiful cards in the Splitcoaststampers gallery when I was living at hospital helping to care for a loved one for almost all of 2012 & was only able to make a few cards that entire year. It helped me still feel connected to the outside world because I felt so alone & isolated & scared every day that my loved one wasn't going to make it & I felt (and still feel) so grateful for this community. I think if I stopped sending cards because people didn't thank me, I would probably only send 1 or 2 cards out a year!
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My job is stressful so my craft area is my refuge and my de-stressing place. Sometimes I create and make a mess and toss it in the trash, but I still had joy in the creating. I do the card ministry for my church. A friend and I make the cards and I send out all the birthday cards and another friend sends out the other cards needed. It's great for me because it gives me many reasons to make cards...and it's been cleaning out my stash for over a year now!

She's right, just enjoy. If you don't like it, toss it. But I never worry if someone will like my card - it's more about the fact that I remembered them than it is about what the card looks like.
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My job is stressful so my craft area is my refuge and my de-stressing place. Sometimes I create and make a mess and toss it in the trash, but I still had joy in the creating. I do the card ministry for my church. A friend and I make the cards and I send out all the birthday cards and another friend sends out the other cards needed. It's great for me because it gives me many reasons to make cards...and it's been cleaning out my stash for over a year now!

She's right, just enjoy. If you don't like it, toss it. But I never worry if someone will like my card - it's more about the fact that I remembered them than it is about what the card looks like.
Nicely said! I so agree!
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I was at a class at a local stamp/scrapbooking store the other day and we were all praised for the way we changed up the cards (or covered up our smears).


Didn't know if some of my family really liked my cards or what until my daughter-in-law pulled out a box of all the cards I sent over the past 12 + years. Made my heart glad to know they appreciated them. Did have a good laugh over some of them I made way back when. My abilities have grown.


I do it because I love making cards and try to make the cards specific to the recipient. Don't really care what they do with them after but I enjoyed making them.
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I agree.

Approach it like a 4 y/o with fingerpaints. Splash around color. Get dirty. Laugh a lot. (you can laugh when you are alone-it is allowed) Dont over think it.

I always find a radio with music that makes me happy works. It automatically lifts my spirits. Sing along. Who cares if you cant sing? You are alone in your room. Kids hum to themselves all the time.

Make for yourself. Stick the best one on the fridge. Smile everyday with your coffee.

Otherwise you are spending good money to torture yourself ...I can do that all by myself without spending a dime, or wasting many hours watching teaching vids, cleaning up the room, etc.

Something isnt making you happy- stop doing it! Dont send out cards if it upsets you. Lightning isnt going to strike. Re-focus and send them where they WILL be appreciated. Lots of groups out there collect for all kinds of good causes.

My DH is not playing golf to solve world problems...he...likes...it. Period. Sometimes he is with friends and other times he isnt. I take my cue from that.
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Even good things - like being super inspired by a fellow crafter's idea, for example - can unknowingly end up putting pressure on us. We might feel tempted to start a new blog series, get into making Youtube videos or start making a dozen cards for each and every minor holiday... It starts out as motivated fun, but it can get overwhelming and end up causing all kinds of negative feelings that make the hobby into a monotonous chore.

Give yourself the permission to pursue all those things that make you feel fired up and motivated. But also, give yourself permission to drop them when they no longer give you joy. You might think "oh, no, I'm going to seem so flaky!" and that you'll disappoint others (your family/blog readers/YT subscribers, etc), but you'll disappoint them far more if you end up producing no content because you burned out.

With creativity, the journey matters far more than the destination.
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I don't get too upset about the praise ( or lack of praise) that I receive about my cards. If I give them to someone in person I can enjoy their reaction. If I send it in the mail - meh - sometimes I get feed back, sometimes I don't. BUT!!!! my sewing projects - - - that's a whole different story!!
I have made art quilts to be hung and displayed, costumes, curtains, sleep wear, blouses, entire sets of bedding, shower curtains, seasonal pot holders and table runners and fitted slip covers for cars. I've sewn everything imaginable for different people at different times. And after all of that time, effort and material if I don't feel it is appreciated - that will be the LAST time I sew for them. period. no exceptions.
I also have a firm rule - " NO, I will NOT hem your skirt, sew on your button, or patch your ripped jeans". Just no.


Sewing and paper crafting are both hobbies I enjoy. But honestly, I never really know if my cards are kept or tossed out at some point. But by God, if I have made curtains for you - I better see them hanging in your stupid kitchen!


Done ranting.
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I don't get too upset about the praise ( or lack of praise) that I receive about my cards. If I give them to someone in person I can enjoy their reaction. If I send it in the mail - meh - sometimes I get feed back, sometimes I don't. BUT!!!! my sewing projects - - - that's a whole different story!!
I have made art quilts to be hung and displayed, costumes, curtains, sleep wear, blouses, entire sets of bedding, shower curtains, seasonal pot holders and table runners and fitted slip covers for cars. I've sewn everything imaginable for different people at different times. And after all of that time, effort and material if I don't feel it is appreciated - that will be the LAST time I sew for them. period. no exceptions.
I also have a firm rule - " NO, I will NOT hem your skirt, sew on your button, or patch your ripped jeans". Just no.


Sewing and paper crafting are both hobbies I enjoy. But honestly, I never really know if my cards are kept or tossed out at some point. But by God, if I have made curtains for you - I better see them hanging in your stupid kitchen!


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Haha I feel a bit that way about my buns!! I am a good baker. An award winning bun baker. And butter tarts. And a few other things. And you better suitably appreciate them

Seriously I do love to do it but yes appreciation is -ahem- appreciated
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Well....I have to put my 2 cents in!! I LOVE making cards. I LOVE my craft room. I LOVE SCS and the friends I've made here! I seldom sweat over a card. For what its worth.....cardmaking for me is nothing but pure joy.
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I was surprised when I visited my sister in Michigan and saw one of my cards on her counter, but when she pulled a scrapbook with every card I ever made her, was thrilled!! My nephew here in Vegas told me mine are the only cards he saves! Do I try extra hard to send them the best cards I make?? You bet!!
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I was surprised when I visited my sister in Michigan and saw one of my cards on her counter, but when she pulled a scrapbook with every card I ever made her, was thrilled!! My nephew here in Vegas told me mine are the only cards he saves! Do I try extra hard to send them the best cards I make?? You bet!!
I agree! Those are the only "pressure cards!" Lol. I have a few people who make the same comments. They get the A+++ cards! Ha!
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I consider my cards to be "a paper visit" with the person for whom the card is being created. My most frequently used stamp happens to be: Thinking of you...works for nearly every card. I have a brother who never calls me, never writes, never visits. I choose to send birthday cards, holiday cards, etc...never expecting anything in return, just with the thought that keeping in touch is the right thing to do. I recently heard from another brother...and found out that brother #1 has saved every card or tag I've mailed his way, proudly displaying them on his fridge or on shelves. My knees about buckled!! My cards are always dimensional, so I buy bubble padded envelopes in bulk via ebay. I am definitely going to continue supporting my local post office!!
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I don't get too upset about the praise ( or lack of praise) that I receive about my cards. If I give them to someone in person I can enjoy their reaction. If I send it in the mail - meh - sometimes I get feed back, sometimes I don't. BUT!!!! my sewing projects - - - that's a whole different story!!
I have made art quilts to be hung and displayed, costumes, curtains, sleep wear, blouses, entire sets of bedding, shower curtains, seasonal pot holders and table runners and fitted slip covers for cars. I've sewn everything imaginable for different people at different times. And after all of that time, effort and material if I don't feel it is appreciated - that will be the LAST time I sew for them. period. no exceptions.
I also have a firm rule - " NO, I will NOT hem your skirt, sew on your button, or patch your ripped jeans". Just no.


Sewing and paper crafting are both hobbies I enjoy. But honestly, I never really know if my cards are kept or tossed out at some point. But by God, if I have made curtains for you - I better see them hanging in your stupid kitchen!


Done ranting.
I can relate to so much of what you say. I also love to sew, and have made many, many things for family, and some for friends who've been so appreciative of my handmade items. Sewing requires more of an investment of both money and time than my cardmaking, so I consider the recipient carefully before I make something.


And like you, I say NO to requests to hem up pants, sew up rips, sew buttons, etc. My sewing is a creative outlet, and stuff like that is not fun. Heck, I don't even like to hem my OWN pants.
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Be more kind to yourself.
What is wrong with so many of us? I read post after post of crafters lamenting their efforts did not get the reaction they hoped for, they spent too much on supplies, a card did not turn out well enough and on and on.
It is a hobby. Hobbies are to be enjoyed-- not judged in any way. It is a hobby; not a life comittment.
Spend as little or as much money and time as your life style affords and enjoy and live in the moment. People -you create kindness for others but deny it for yourselves.
Please enjoy your hobby and again, be more kind to yourself. Create for the sake of creating and make that the value.
Rant over.
I love this post. My stamping friend and I are both nuts when it comes to our stamping (and shopping for stamping goodies) and sometimes we both feel guilty (that we aren't stamping enough to justify our goodies). But we always remind each other it's about having FUN! And that if not for our stamping addictions, we'd just be on Prozac.
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Hmmmmm ... I must have missed the 'rant'!
It's just plain old skipping along the sidewalks of joy in creativity!
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