I have taken a break from blogging. Just haven’t been in the mood, and have been reading some more negative blogs on the net that have infected me with their cynicsm. And now at the start of the new year I am contemplating this blog and the act of writing about crafting and sharing the projects that I’ve made. This makes me think about why I do this.
Am I hoping to get discovered some day? Am I waiting for someone to realize I could the next great thing in scrapping? Do I want to make this a serious deal, for publishing, fame, and cash? Am I delusional enough to think I am the next Ali Edwards? And I thought for a while I would pursue the publishing angle, maybe submit a few things here and there and see if anything got picked. I even have had a book idea in mind for over a year about the amazing mini books I’ve created or thought about creating. But are there really any original ideas left? And is the pro-scrapper angle where I want to go?
This winter I got a taste of the “being paid to do what you love thing”. This seems like the best thing ever right? I alter things, notebooks and little books and stuff like that. There are people who want to buy these from me. So I figured the cost of materials and marked up the price to be about double the materials. I neglected to figure in my time and well when you figure the time angle I probably made very little. So I just ignore that part. As I’ve been making things for people to buy I’ve had more people request more of my “product” and requesting certain colors and themes. Being who I am I went ahead and charged the same price even though I had to do some hunting for just the right product. And while I loved getting paid for something I love doing, it took some of the fun out of it. It also took time for my projects and layouts. This was a big eye-opener, made me re-think taking this really serious and really trying to market my crafts. Right now, I am taking a break from the “work” projects and doing stuff I love just for me.
In conclusion, I’ve decided to continue writing this blog, sharing the things I create
and not worrying about the publishing part of things. This is for me, it’s a way for me to reach out to the rest of the crafting world, a way for me to share what I make.
I like to create things, I like to personalize and alter things, and I like to talk about this hobby of mine.