If there was a new crafter reading this post right now, what is 1 thing you would tell them? Any suggestions, inspirations, or words of encouragement etc …
Fun thread! I would encourage them to ask any questions they have via the forums!
They’ll learn something, and have fun in the process
Thank you, glad you like my idea.
Create / Design what brings you joy
Yes! @NathalieLesage I totally agree, Crafting and making should all be about fun.
Be patient! Don’t get discouraged and take your time! Crafting is all about relaxing and having fun creating things. If something doesn’t come out right, it’s all good. Keep trying. You will eventually master the art
I would tell them not to be afraid of making mistakes! I’ve had so many times when I wanted to try something but I was almost frozen in fear of messing up- either ruining materials or just doing something badly. It took me a while to realize that making mistakes is one way we learn (and it’s extremely effective!).
I would also suggest keeping a notebook/sketchbook. I get intimidated by fancy sketchbooks, so I either use cheap notebooks with lined paper or I bind my own books from whatever paper I’m using at the moment. I jot down ideas, I sketch out inspirational things (and write down the sources, so I can cite them if need be), I journal in them… flipping through one of my notebooks is almost like taking a walk through my brain!
Finally, I would suggest they never be afraid to ask questions. Even if the answer seems obvious to a lot of people, I promise you there are other people sitting and wondering and not having the courage to ask. Every master of their craft started out knowing next to nothing about it.
I’ll also add in that I love to teach and share information, so if people have questions about some of the things I do feel free to ask! I promise I don’t bite!
I would tell them to try everything! Find their niche. Or maybe just be multicraftual like me.
Keep It Simple!
Sometimes the best thing for your design is to keep it simple and not so complex.
@Brittany That is a great point!
I think I would tell them to be kind to themselves. And be patient!
Youtube is your best friend.
Use it to your advantage!
Yes! Definitely youtube!
Watch YouTube to learn about your craft!
I spent two months watching videos on card making before I decided it was time to buy some supplies.
You don’t need a lot of room…to start!
I live in a small, one-bedroom apartment so using some of that space for crafting is a big investment. I moved around a couple of bookshelves. Bought a couple of tables at IKEA and set them up in the area just outside my bedroom door. (see photo) I added one of those cube things from IKEA to put baskets in to store some supplies. (just to the right of the photo under the kitchen counter) It can be great that you have limited space for your crafting, otherwise you will just keep buying more and more stuff. I envy people who have homes where they can devote a ROOM to crafting, but I would just end up broke all the time!
It’s a good idea to have a dedicated area for your crafting needs.
If you have to unpack everything every time you want to do something and then pack it all away when you are done…you’re going to have one more reason NOT to do crafting. If all you have to do is sit down and get going, you’ll do more!
PLAY! HAVE FUN! DON’T WORRY!
If you need a creative outlet, your reward is the good feeling that you get when you create something. Ignore people who say STUPID things about your work. I can understand constructive criticism, but really, did I ask for your critique? Everyone starts out as a beginner and gets better. So give yourself permission to be a beginner! Don’t worry, you’ll get better. And if you have to save up for supplies, don’t worry, when you get them you’ll appreciate them more than someone who is able to order everything they see. Just remember, supplies are to be used, they are not collector’s items! And most of all, HAVE FUN!!
Here’s my little crafting area…cluttered, messy, and somewhat disorganized right now, but it’s my fun center!
@Mark_One I love it! Very inspiring!
Your craft area is the size of mine too Well done!
I would say just jump in, I see a lot of them say they let brand new things just sit there for months or years cause they are scared to even touch it. Mistakes will happen everyone was a beginner at some point just jump in and try it and watch videos or google if you don’t understand something
Don’t be afraid to start something new, even if you only have 15 minutes a day to dedicate to a new craft try it out!
My advice would be…
1.) Crafting is supposed to be fun, so enjoy it and if it doesn’t work out, try again!
2.) Don’t try alllllllllll the things at once. Try one or two, get comfortable at it, and then move on to something new. With social media there are SO many great ideas its hard to limit oneself but doing too much can be overwhelming.
3.) Get advice from other crafters. Its so fun to be a part of a crafting community!