I love crafts. A lot. I have dabbled in crochet, knitting, painting, rubber stamping (okay, more than dabbled here), beading, scrapbooking, and quilting. I love the process of creating art. I love color and mediums and all the other pieces of an art puzzle. It’s very fun for me and a definite stress-reducer.
Unfortunately, I have two problems. The first is a lack of clear direction. This is probably obvious by the list above – I have a really difficult time sticking to anything. I stuck with rubber stamping and scrapbooking the longest, as I spent a few years as a demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! I built a solid network of friends to stamp and scrapbook with, but then I moved to a remote area and lost my network. I also lost interest, and eventually sold most of my supplies. Then I started quilting with a co-worker when I became pregnant with Jack, which leads to my second problem…
I lack time! As Jack has progressively become more mobile, time has slipped further away. Jack spends more hours being awake, needs more attention, and gets into everything so I cannot craft when he is around. A couple of times a month I sneak a quilting project out to work on but it’s taking me forever to finish anything.
One way I get my crafty kicks these days is to create digital scrapbooks. When Jack was born I started posting all of his pictures up on Shutterfly so that our out-of-town relations could see them any time. Then I noticed that I could make books out of his pictures! You basically pick your backgrounds and layouts and then drag/drop pictures into place. Since I kept Jack’s albums up-to-date and grouped them by month, it was really easy to go back and create an album of his first year.
For those of you who takes pictures but feel you don’t have time, or skill, or space, or money to craft, this is a great solution. Take a look at what I did (click on the picture below to go to Shutterfly and view the whole book); all in all, it took about three hours to get pictures in (and edit them), choose options for each page, write the text, and organize it the way I wanted it. Then I shared it with family and gave them the option to order a copy. Easy peasy!