When I wrote yesterday about being creative as busy moms, I talked about ways to be creative. Today, my friend Hillary of My Scraps is sharing her tips for squeezing time to craft into her busy life as a mom of 2 boys. Any time I see Hillary share one of her crafts, I know it’s a project I can do, too, like her easy Valentine’s Day Centerpiece. Oh, and I wish my crafting supplies were as neatly organized as Hillary’s!
Who has time to craft? I remember pre-kids and even pre-two kids, when I had a craft room, and went to Creative Memories parties and even went to scrapbooking workshops and conventions with my girlfriends. When I wasn’t working or taking care of the baby, I was scrapbooking (my craft of choice). Then something happened, I had a second baby, lost my craft room, and suddenly I didn’t have time anymore.
Another phenomenon taking place during this time was the evolution of the digital camera and online photos. Suddenly it was nothing to take 150 pictures of my baby lying on a quilt. That was Monday. Tuesday it was 75 of him sleeping. How could I possibly scrapbook them all? My solution at the time, was that I just didn’t. I fell behind and began to feel guilty and overwhelmed by the volume of what wasn’t done. And let me tell you, as mothers, we have plenty of things to worry about and that shouldn’t be one of them. Then two years ago, I discovered something called Project Life.
A longtime favorite in the scrapbook industry, Becky Higgins, developed this method of capturing and recording your everyday life, so that at the end of the year, you had all the most important things recorded and contained in an album. Her Project Life system works digitally and also on paper, for those of us that like that creative outlet. You can do the project any way you like – it’s really customizable.
I bought an album and page protectors, and I also subscribe to a monthly kit that sends pre-cut cards, and embellishments once a month. I take about an hour a week and print out pictures from the previous week, slide them in the pockets and write some notes, memories, etc. If I’m feeling “crafty” and have time, I embellish and fancy it up. If I’m pressed for time, I let it be just a page of pictures telling our story for that week. This will be my third year working with the project. I haven’t finished a complete year yet, but I have more than I would have if all the pictures were still on my laptop.
Sometimes it’s not about finding time, it’s about changing your approach, so that what you want to accomplish can fit into the time you have. Since making crafts and sharing them on my blog is part of my job these days, sometimes I take an hour or too on a work day to create something to share. Not everyone has that luxury I realize, so you have to find an outlet or activity that fits into your schedule. Can you combine a painting or sculpture class with a Girls Night Out? Do your kids craft? Work on something together on a Sunday morning. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate project. Just adding some washi tape to a dollar store vase can perk up your décor and satisfy your craving to craft.
Even though I’ve lost my craft room, I still maintain my “space.” Having supplies on-hand makes me more apt to “whip something up,” than if I have to drag boxes or supplies from the basement. I will admit to dreaming about a little “crafters shed” in my back yard. . .maybe someday.
How do you fit in time to craft?
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