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I love crafting
Crafting is a great stress reliever, as well as a great sense of accomplishment when you finish a project. I have dabbled in many crafts over the years including; cross stitch, stamping, scrapbooking, card making, beading, crochet, knitting and sewing. I am fortunate that my children are all in school so I have available time during the day to craft. For moms with babies and toddlers at home I’m sure it feels almost an impossible to find time. I know when I had little ones at home crafting was difficult. With that being said, I am going to start adding some crafting for the stay-at-home Mom that can be done if you don’t have a lot of time.
One advantage to crafting is making gifts for other people. Living on one income is certainly a family choice, but finding ways to save money becomes imperative. Giving a homemade gift not only saves money, but it is a gift of love for the effort you put into it.
This past Christmas I made several gifts for family. I have recently bought myself a Cricut Cutting Machine, I waited for 2 year to actually buy it, there was something that was always more important to get first. It has been my best craft purchase ever. I made glass blocks with glass beads and lights inside. On the outside I used vinyl to cut designs and names with my cutting machine. They came out amazing.
I also used my Cricut this year to make items for my daughter’s wedding. I made toasting glasses for her and her husband, as well as personalized wine glasses and beer steins for the attendants again using vinyl. By far my favorite item was dress shirts that I personalized for the Bride and her attendants with their “title” for the wedding across the back and their names on the front pocket using the iron on sheets from Cricut. They came out simply amazing.
My Favorite Craft – Scrapbooking
My main reason to purchase the cutting machine was to use it for scrapbooking. I have been scrapbooking for about 15 years and it is my favorite hobby. Not only do I get to design amazing page layouts, I also get to preserve my children’s memories. They love looking at their scrapbooks and showing their friends which gives me an incredible feeling of pride.
The cutting machine is great because you can create text with almost any font available and print out die cut images to uses not only for scrapbooking, but for card making or personalizing any project you can think of. I have realized that the machine is helpful to me in all the crafts I do. With my machine I can buy themed cartridge with images and fonts on them, or I can buy images individually from their online site. They also offer free images which are great when you are trying to save money.
I am fortunate to have a large home with a room for all my crafting. We call it our hobby room and my husband and I have split it in two, one side for crafting and one side for his hobbies, comic collecting and collectibles. I have room for all my scrapbook papers, stickers, markers, pencils, inks, stamps, beads, wire, ribbons, cloth, yarn….absolutely everything. I joke sometimes that it looks like I have my own craft store. The kids have their own space; we cleverly call it the “kid’s room”. They have their own craft supplies; they can use whatever they have however they want so they don’t use the items I have planned for projects. That doesn’t mean they can’t use something I have. They just need to ask first.
Crafting for the Stay-at-home Mom I think it is important because it become an outlet, something that gets you away from all you do in the day even if it’s only for 10 minutes. There are of course, so many great craft projects that you can do with children, but it is nice to have some “you” time. I like scrapbooking because I can do just one page at a time. When I’m limited for time I break it down in to small steps. The other issue can be room to leave a project partially done. I know not everyone has a designated craft space in their home.
Crafting for the Stay-at-Home Mom is about Breaking it Down
Most moms have large batches of pictures of their children. We take pictures constantly. You can find time to scrapbook by breaking down the project into smaller steps
First, finding the pictures you want for your project.
Go through you pictures; pull out any that are related to the topic you intend to scrapbook
Second, pick out your paper for background, stickers and other embellishments.
It’s all about the details. Anything you might use to decorate and accentuate your scrapbook page
Third, play with your layout.
I lay everything on my paper and move it around over and over until I feel I have the look I want,
Fourth actually make your page.
Adhere you photos, embellishments, stickers, etc. to get your finished page.
When crafting for the stay-at-home Mom it is important to thing about breaking your project down into smaller segments you can still accomplish your tasks without having to leave it all laying out, or completing from start to finish. I bought some great 12×12 plastic file pouches so as I put together everything I am using for my page layout it is all stored together and easily put away when I have other priorities to attend too. There are so many fun craft projects that you can plan to do in smaller steps also. I know if I think of the project as a whole I tend not to start it, but if I think of what I can actually accomplish in the time I have I am more apt to do it.
I plan to talk more about Crafting in the blog because it is a true love of mine. I will be sharing projects start to finish, the goal being to show stay-at-home Moms and even Work from home and Work out of the home Moms that they too can find time to make crafty items for themselves or for gifts even if they only have a few minutes a day. Having time to craft in my Blended Life makes me a very Happy Wife.
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