Crafting for the Stay-at-Home Mom

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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. 

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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 Crafting for the Stay-at-Home Momwine 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. 

Crafting for the Stay-at-Home Mom

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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Comments

  1. Wow! Your glass pieces are beautiful!! I never really got into the whole scrap booking thing, but I do love crafts and DIY and yes-it can be hard with grabby toddlers at home. I look forward to to seeing the next craft you post!

    1. admin says:

      Thank you for your sweet compliment. I’m working on my first craft post as we speak, stay tuned 🙂

  2. I enjoy crafting because we also are a single income family. It is much more affordable to make gifts for others than to buy them, plus it is more heart warming for the receiver when they know you put the time into the gift. I also love creating everything for my kids birthday and such. I have three, about to be four, kids though and two are home still all day so it is hard to find the time. I am excited to see what other ideas you have for stay at home moms to find time for crafting!

    1. admin says:

      I’m excited to share. I always love giving a homemade gift and luckily my family and friends understand the time and effort that went into it so they are very appreciative. I am working on my first craft post as we speak, stay tuned 🙂

  3. Melody says:

    I miss crafting! I used to love to scrapbook and I had started dabbling in crochet a couple years back. But now I find I have no time between the baby and the blog lol I hope that once my son gets a little older and my blog is running more smoothly then I can finally start working on all these wonderful scrapbook ideas I have! I can’t wait to read more of your posts on crafting!

    1. admin says:

      I found that happened with me too, and the other issue I had was no space to keep my “stuff” Now that I have room to work it does make it easier. I hope my posts will help some people get back to what they love 🙂

  4. Desiree says:

    You are so right about breaking things down into steps that can be accomplished without leaving things out in between. This practice saves my sanity!

    1. admin says:

      sometimes its the only way I can finish a project. If I look at it as a “whole to do list” I don’t even attempt it because I cant finish it, by breaking it down and doing smaller steps I get to actually work on the project and have the satisfaction of finishing what I set out to do. I don’t feel as defeated that way, or give up before I start

  5. I separate my crafting things from the kiddies crafting things as well. Some of my bits and bats are expensive and others darn right dangerous for little fingers. Also I wouldn’t want hubby getting near them, the time he used my fabric scissors to cut up stiff cardboard he was in the bad books for days 😆

    1. admin says:

      I’m still laughing as I read this. I have had similar things happen. The kids like that fact that they know the stuff that is in their room is ok for them to use without asking. It gives them the freedom to be crafty whenever they want. I am very generous with a lot of my supplies if they ask, as long as I don’t have a specific plan for them. I usually wait to buy my supplies when they are on sale or I have a coupon, so cost isn’t so much of a detail. It helps me keep a better inventory of what I have.

  6. I love crafting! I have always wondered about the cricut and if it was worth it, it sure sounds like it is. I better start saving 🙂

    1. admin says:

      it is so worth it. I use it for so many different crafts. Having free images and fonts available is a great plus as well.

  7. Amy says:

    Crafting is difficult with a 1 and 3 year old, so I have been trying to find crafts they can do with me. We have been decorating with a lot of foam stickers. Can’t wait to see what crafts you will be sharing!

    1. admin says:

      I’m looking forward to sharing. Glad you are along for the ride 🙂

  8. Kristyn says:

    I love crafting! Will become a stay at home mom come August once baby #2 makes her arrival and you’ve got me very excited to start back up again. I’ve never had a cutting machine but now you have me thinking I should try one out.

    1. admin says:

      I love my Cricut and I use it for almost all of my crafts, but you can certainly make good crafts without one 🙂 I waited a long time to buy one and then I waited for it to be on sale. It paid for itself in no time.

  9. Leah Weber says:

    I love this post! Crafting is a passion of mine and it re-energizes me. I’m a new mom to an almost 1 year old and I can tell the days that I don’t do something creative I’m usually more drained or feel grouchier. That’s also why I started a blog, so that I’d have a consistent creative outlet. I honestly can’t wait till I can send my baby to school so I can have more free time during the day. (is that bad?) Thanks for all your tips! Looking forward to more posts!

    1. admin says:

      I stopped crafting for a quite a while when life got hectic and I realized I was missing my “out” my way to relax and enjoy. I hope to show you ways to add the crafting in without having to wait for school time.

  10. Robin says:

    SOOOO helpful and makes me so excited to get crafting again! Ahhhh you make such beautiful things!

    1. admin says:

      I had put crafting on hold for a while, but I’m really excited to get it going again 🙂

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