Do you feel like there’s a large divide between your paper crafting projects and the lovely pictures you see of others’ creations? Sometimes following the rules can be boring, but sometimes it’s just what you need to launch your crafts into the major league. Follow this series of bite-sized articles and share in the comments what you’ve learned so we can all improve together! Sometimes following the rules can be boring, but sometimes it’s just what you need to launch your crafts into the major league. Follow this series of bite-sized articles and share in the comments what you’ve learned so we can all improve together!
Rule #1: Have a Plan
This rule is not as strict as it may seem initially. In general when I think about having a plan, I think about a step-by-step process to get something accomplished. Step-by-step can be useful when CASEing* a project, but not likely to be utilized when creating from scratch. Applied to paper crafting, having a plan simply means that when you sit down to create, you have some idea of the direction you want to go. Here are some examples of starting points when applying this rule:
- You have a specific holiday or event you’re creating for.
- There is a color combo you’ve been dying to try.
- You found a card or scrapbook layout that you love.
- A Pinterest project caught your attention, and you are anxious to make your own version.
So before you start pulling out your supplies, take a minute to visualize the direction you are headed. Internalize your inspiration, really let it sink into your thoughts. I find that the more concrete these thoughts are, the happier I am with the process and the results of my crafting.
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*(CASE means Copy And Share Everything, a policy most stampers adhere to that means they are happy to allow you to copy their work, or use it as a basis for your own personal crafting. Obviously it is generally unethical to copy someone’s work exactly if you’re intending to sell it or use it for personal gain.)
If you missed the other articles in this series, I will keep this list updated for easy navigation:
Rule #2: Think in Thirds
I hope you’ve been inspired to create even better paper crafts as you read the Formula to Fabulous article series. Remember to share with your friends!