Words of wisdom to the confused beginner from the one who has been there and done that (almost).
The analog way is making a major comeback after years of digital supremacy. Technology has taken over our lives. Before, we are contented in documenting our lives on Facebook and Instagram. But we are natural craftsmen and we would always have the itch to create. That is why there is a noticeable rise in the sales of paper notebooks, scrapbooking materials and tools, and instant-film cameras. We are also attracted to the unexplainable charm in the privacy and creativity that journals entail.
You are one of those people who made a resolution to create more. As a beginner, you have your in-depth research on everything you’ll need. You read blog articles. You watch YouTube videos. You join forums. With these, you feel that you are ready to conquer the makers’ world. “Martha Stewart who,” you might even say. After scouring through Pinterest and Instagram, your enthusiasm wanes because of the beautiful pages that are hard to surpass, even emulate. Your dream of taking over the scrapbooking world is like a millionaire dream. It feels impossible to achieve.
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Don’t worry. In this article, I will be giving you a few words of wisdom to give you the added boost to make your way to a more creative life.
- Begin with the basic materials. An album/notebook, photos, and a pen will do. You can also add in a few rolls of washi tapes, stickers, and scrapbook paper.
- Start with inexpensive tools. It is not about owning luxurious items. It’s how you utilize them that matters.
- Build your collection one item at a time. It took me years to own a decent one.
- Be intentional with what you will need for your project but…
- Don’t be too cautious. Sometimes you have to buy the product at the moment since supplies can be inconsistent.
- Just start. No ifs and buts.
- Develop your style along the way. Are you a scrapbooker or a doodler? Are your pages vintage or cutesy? Are your colors neutral, bright, or pastel?
- It’s okay to copy other people. Use Austin Kleon’s graphic summary of a good theft and a bad theft.
- Don’t be pressured with creating an Instagram-worthy page. Do it for yourself.
- Enjoy your creative journey. Experiment. Make mistakes. Learn. Rinse. Repeat.
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That’s it! There is no fancy way to put it because it’s really simple. A creative pursuit is like any other endeavors. It seems scary and overwhelming at first but when you get the hang of it, it feels as natural as breathing.
Happy crafting, my love!
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Thanks for all of these good tips! I just decided to save the things I have hard to keep up with on my blog. But I’ll try to do as you say here as well, using handcrafts! That might definitively help!
Have a good one! 🙂
Thanks! I hope these tips will help you in your pursuits. Good luck and cheers to a more creative life!