As I think I mentioned in my last blog post, I haven’t been doing much papercrafting in a long time. Life circumstances limited my free time, and also I was concentrating on my creative writing for a while. But now with the new year, I want to get back to crafting. I feel the lack when I don’t do it. It is nourishing to me.
So there are a few things I’d like to do in the new year — not really resolutions, per se, but activities to set myself up for more crafting in 2017:
- Weed my magazines: “weeding” is what we call it in library science when we remove unused and beat-up books from the collection, and that is what I’d like to do with my papercrafting magazines. Go through them, and discard (recycle) the ones I don’t want or no longer need. Flip through each one and remove any projects I do like, keep them in a binder, and recycle the parts I don’t need. I also have many catalogues from various companies that are obsolete, and several jewelry-making magazines that I no longer use. I have a stack of unread magazines on my dining room table and it is time to make room for them.
- Pre-cut some word dies: I like the look of die-cutting, but I really don’t enjoy the act of die-cutting. I hate wrestling my brute of a Big Kick around, and my electronic cutter, an eBosser, has issues of its own. So I think it would be productive to just buckle down one evening, watch some TV, and mass-cut some dies for future use. Especially word dies, which I can easily cut using my Spellbinders Sapphire, which is a small-format die cutting machine. It’s cutting surface is only 2.75 inches, so it’s tiny, easy to carry, and perfect for cutting word dies and other small dies like banners and small images.
- Plotting out dates for card mailing: If I have any actual craft New Year’s Resolution, it is to actually send more of the cards that I make. I often forget people’s birthdays and other important events. So, I copied some planning pages from a card-making book I checked out from the library, and I should spend some time going through my address book and the calendar, and noting down birthdays, anniversaries, and other important dates for card-sending. Then I will have one place to glance at for my card mailing info, and I’ll be able to use it indefinitely.
- De-stash and send RAKs: That’s a “random act of kindness.” A couple of the papercrafting groups I belong to on Facebook have lists of people who would like to swap stash or receive RAK packages from other members because they want to replenish their stash, usually for very good reasons — one woman’s house burned down, for example. So, I can help these people. I have a fair amount of stash I would like to clear out: some things I bought duplicates of by accident, or I used them and decided I didn’t like them (but someone else might), or I just don’t use them anymore. After over ten years of crafting, I have so much stash, I can’t always find what I want when I want it any more. Time to thin some of it out.
- Prepare a package for the Matthew 25 charity: I heard about this program where you can send your used prescription pill bottles to be donated to Africa, where pill bottles are very hard to get. Just having a bottle helps people, who often travel great distances to visit a clinic, to transport their medicine safely, and its easier to take it at home if it’s in a safe, single place. Hard to believe something so simple can make such a difference in someone else’s life. So, I’ve been collecting these pill bottles for a while — the husband and I both take regular maintenance prescriptions, so we have a lot of these bottles coming in regularly. But my cat Isis has found this stash, and thinks these pill bottles make excellent toys (and they do). She has dragged them out of the box multiple times and scattered them all around my office. Time to pack them up and send them on their way.
- Cut down my 12×12 paper? I’m not sure about this last one. I have so many scrapbook paper stacks that they won’t all fit in my shelves anymore. But I do not do traditional scrapbooking. I mostly do cardmaking. I have no real need of 12×12 paper. I bought most of them before I realized 6×6 pads were available. If I were to cut them down into 6×6 squares, they would be possibly easier to store, and more useful to me. But it’s a lot of work and I’m not sure I should undertake it. What do you think? Has anyone done this? How did it turn out?
I’ll keep you advised on how these projects turn out.