Papercrafting Intentions 2015: What Are Yours?
Papercrafting projects galore – which ones are YOU hoping to continue? To try?
As we start another year, let’s think about the papercrafting projects that are MOST important to us, and why, and share them with each other!
Because research on resolutions (what I prefer to refer to as intentions) has proven that resolutions/intentions written down and, more importantly, shared with others, are much more likely to be fulfilled.
Accountability can be a great motivator!
Now, before we get started, an important note…
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have more fun
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O.K., back to flushing out and sharing our 2015 Papercrafting Intentions…
For those who might be concerned, we aren’t intending to spend the year riding you about whether or not you’ve accomplished what you said you’d accomplish.
No, no, no.
Remember, we’re your place for papercrafting FUN!
Our goal is simple: to help you accomplish your papercrafting goals by offering tips, tricks, inspiration and motivation!
And to provide a forum for you to share what’s working and what’s not, so we can help you.
Don’t want to share, no problem – you’re still most welcome!
And, of course, I want to be a positive role model so I’ll be sharing my intentions and the good, the bad and the ugly (and the victories!) of the process of being purposeful with my papercrafting intentions this year!
In that spirit, here are a few quick questions for you to ask yourself before you commit to your papercrafting intentions for 2015:
- Think about which papercrafting projects are fun for you – which papercrafting projects do you MOST enjoy working on now, and why? Tell us!
- Think about the papercrafting projects you MOST want to try this year – what information, inspiration and motivation can we provide to make it a great experience? We want to know!
- Think about what MOST challenges you in terms of papercrafting – what challenges have kept you from accomplishing past papercrafting goals and how do you think you can overcome them in 2015? How can we help you?
- And finally, reflect on past papercrafting goals, and your accomplishments and shortcomings – what did you accomplish and where did you fall short? Why do you think you accomplished what you did, and/or why do you think you missed goals (if you did)? Share what went well and tell us how we can assist you!
Now, list your intentions – no more than five to start, you can always add more later! – and be sure they are realistic, accomplishable goals based on your personality and your available resources (time, money, knowledge, supplies/tools, space, etc.).
Note why an intention was added to your list, what might challenge you, what you need to do or have in place in order to accomplish your goals (and be specific!), and how you’ll measure success (see the outline for this below).
We aim to be your papercrafting coach and cheerleader this year!
Based on what you MOST want to accomplish this year, we’ll offer tips and tricks to help you overcome challenges, share new and time-tested supplies and tools to make creating more fun and/or productive, and share inspiring projects to motivate you to do what you set out to do!
We’ll also continue to create Get Organized Series posts and coach you in getting and staying organized so you can find and use what you have and enjoy spending time in your creative space, no matter how large or small it might be!
And of course, we’ll be on the sidelines cheering you on when you need it!
Sharing My Intentions
I’ll kick this off by sharing my MOST important 2015 papercrafting intentions (and challenges to, thoughts on, and plans for each) in the hopes that you’ll see how easy it can be to set accomplishable goals, and so y’all will hold me accountable too!
Share your 2015 papercrafting intentions (again, no more than five, for now!) and we’ll do our best to provide what you need in order to accomplish your goals…and to help you have FUN doing so!
O.K. kids, are we ready?
Alrighty then, here we go!
Here are my MOST important 2015 papercrafting intentions (hopefully reading these will help you in determining your goals and creating a plan for success!).
Document the everyday, every day!
Yup, an ambitious goal for sure, but I’ve done it in the past and I KNOW I can do it again.
I want to be able to look back on this year and see my life (our life) as it happened on a daily basis.
And, not just see the big events and travel, but the everyday stuff, how we spent the majority of the 365 days.
Taking the pictures and jotting down my thoughts, and depositing the “scraps of life,” (memorabilia, etc.) each day is something I’ve done in the past and I know I can do again.
But, getting the pictures edited and printed, and actually pairing them with my journaling and memorabilia in a physical book or album, that’s always been a stumbling block for me – it’s a lot of work, right?
I’ll continue taking at least one photo per day and documenting my thoughts about that photo and/or the day, every day, using tools I know work and/or that I can be assured will be at hand.
In the past I’ve used my point-and-pray camera for the photos and OhLife (which is no longer available) for daily journaling.
This time around I’ll be using my iPhone for the daily picture-taking (with additional photos from my DSLR) and I’ll be writing down my thoughts on pocket-page style cards I purchased for this purpose. Both will be with me wherever I am!
I’m also going to try using ScrapRoom this year – I believe it will be a great time-saver, enabling me to quickly download, edit, journal on, tag and keep track of my daily photos (and journaling!); store memorabilia that I scan; and most importantly, print out my photos!!! (Uh yeah, can you tell I’m most excited about getting this step to happen?!)
Heck, I might even try my hand at creating a few pages digitally…maybe.
I’ll print out weekly photo collages, using the built in capabilities and pocket-scrapbooking templates available from a variety of pocket-page supply sources.
And, I’ve set up a box with tabs for my memorabilia, to make it easy to drop the scraps in and retrieve them when I need them (I’ll share this system in more detail after I test it and know it works for me!).
Then all I’ll have to do is either cut apart the printed photos and slide them into their pockets, or slide the whole collage into a traditional page protector, add the journaling cards and memorabilia, maybe a few fun embellishments and voila!
Quick & Easy!
Most importantly, I’ll schedule time for putting it all together in my album(s) at the end of each week (likely Sunday since that’s usually the only day I don’t work a full day).
I know that if it’s not on my to-do list and/or in my calendar (like any other commitment I make), it won’t happen!
This step is crucial to my being successful at this.
If, at the end of the year, I have completed a full 52 weeks of this type of life documentation, I will consider this endeavor a HUGE success and we will have a Par-Tay!!!
That said, any documenting I do is worthy of celebration and I will keep that in mind as the year progresses and at the end of the year when I evaluate how I did on my 2015 papercrafting goals.
Just because you commit to an intention NOW
does not mean you must stick with it if it’s no longer of interest
or you change your mind about its level of importance
in your overall papercrafting (or crafting) endeavors.
It’s o.k. to change your mind!
As a somewhat type-A personality, I tend to be very structured in the way I create and that can sometimes be a bit stifling in terms of creating art.
I’d like to feel more “free” to just let the art happen instead of trying to control it, to create more from my heart and less from my head.
I’m choosing to take classes from three different artists in the hopes that the processes and ideas from at least one of them will resonate with me and help me to let loose a bit!
I’ve taken several online classes and past experience has taught me that I start out strong, but when I get busy with work, these classes tend to be the first things to fall off my to-do list.
Making them a priority – and more importantly, keeping them a priority – is a challenge I need to work on.
I have always believed that we will make time for that which is most important to us.
Therefore, the fact that my completing online classes has often fallen by the wayside when I get busy with business stuff tells me they were not as high a priority as the business or other things vying for my attention. And that’s o.k….sometimes.
This year, taking and completing these classes is a stated and written goal and one I intend to follow through on.
And of course I’ve shared them with you so I HAVE to follow through, right?
These classes and the learning ARE a priority I will make time for by adding them to my weekly schedule as an appointment, an appointment that’s just as important as any other! (Well, most any other. 😉 )
How will I know if I’ve succeeded?
When I have more knowledge and experience around, and comfort with, art journaling.
And, when I can point to completed projects!
Learn two new styles of hand-lettering.
I have always enjoyed creating my own style of writing letters (ask my teachers about that!), changing styles depending on my moods or the moods or emotions I want to convey in writing or in another type of creative project.
I almost always do a bit of lettering when addressing envelopes and I’d like to add a few more options to my lettering repertoire.
I also find hand-lettering very relaxing…almost therapeutic.
I will have to make time for regular “practice” in order to increase my knowledge and improve my skills.
Finding time will be the only real obstacle as I have all the tools and supplies, and a great new lettering book, The Art of Whimsical Lettering, in hand.
Just like with the above two intentions, I will be scheduling time for this area of “study.”
The biggest difference between this intention and the above two is that I can practice this intention most anywhere – while traveling, while waiting at appointments, while watching a movie, etc.
All I need is a small journal, a small ruler and t-square, a pencil and eraser, and a few pens – I have them all and they fit easily into a small zippered case I can carry along.
I have goals regarding the styles of lettering I want to master.
Learning to hand-letter in even one of these styles will be awesome!
Purging supplies I no longer want or need, and using my existing stash.
After 13 years as a dedicated papercrafter, I (like many of you) have accumulated a lot of supplies and tools, too many supplies and tools for my currently available space which is now also dedicated to recording project tutorials, reviews, etc.
I have had larger craft spaces than I have now and, was interested in so many different types of crafting, and the “stuff” is evidence of that!
And although there’s still a bit of available space, and everything’s neat and organized, I feel that I need more “breathing room,” fewer options and more room for ideas to flow.
It’s time to conduct the great purge and to use more of what I have on hand.
The only obstacle is having time to sort through everything and host a local sale.
I don’t usually have a hard time letting go of things, especially when I’m not using them, and because I know how great the resulting free space will feel to me.
But, I do have to make time for this process and, since I plan to host a local sale, it has to be done all at once rather than little-by-little.
Again, we’re back to scheduling!
I’ll be making a date with my craft room for mid-February (the first open block of time I’ll have after attending CHA‘s Mega Show and another industry event overseas).
The goal will be to purge at least 25-percent of what I own so decisions will be made fast and ruthlessly!
And, I’m going to schedule the sale before I start the sort and purge process – including making a call to a resale store owner I know in town and placing an ad, and letting Children’s Hospital know another craft supply donation will be coming their way the day after the sale – so I’m committed to completing the process quickly and by my deadline.
This process has worked for me in the past and I’m banking on it working for me again this time.
Seeing less crafting stuff in my space and lots of stuff on the sale tables, as well as dropping off a few full boxes of crafting supplies at our local Children’s Hospital, means it’s a success!
Yes, it would be great to sell a lot, but just getting it out of my space and making the donation to Children’s Hospital means success in my book!
Now it’s YOUR turn!
Review your answers to the questions I asked you above and jot down up to five papercrafting goals for 2015 (to make it easy, copy and paste the “Intentions” block of text below and replace the XX with the number of your intention[s] – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
Then, share your intentions in the comments below so we can see what you want to accomplish and help you!
A few tips before you get started:
- Be specific when stating your goals – and deadlines are important!
- Be honest with yourself about why you want to achieve the goals and what challenges might derail you
- Make sure your plan is specific and broken down into accomplishable steps, and takes into account your available resources
- Determine how you’ll measure whether or not you’ve succeeded in fulfilling your intentions (and think of a reward you’ll give yourself when you succeed!)
(Copy & Paste the list below for each Intention)
See, easy! And, you’re one step closer to reaching YOUR papercrafting goals!
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Well, that’s it for today…
We can’t wait to see what you share and to papercraft alongside you all year!
Steph & The PCC Team