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The Stress of Being a Cardmaker

by Courtney Kreeber


Who knew that a hobby we were, and still are, so passionate about can cause so much stress? We all started card making as a stress reliever, a getaway, and just for fun. How quickly it can change..if we let it!


Remember back to when you first started papercrafting. We spent hours a day looking for sales, hopping from one craft store to the next, and thinking of the best ways to organize the supplies that were quickly taking up more space than we have. Remember seeing a YouTube video and needing all the supplies used in the project so you can attempt to recreate it EXACTLY like the content creator. Remember the pride we felt when we gave our loved ones a handmade card, regardless of how imperfect it was.


What changed? Our expectations we set for ourselves. As our skills improve, and our supplies grow, we often begin comparing ourselves to others. Others who have a different skill set. Others who may have more experience, or more supplies, or just DIFFERENT supplies. The little imperfections in our projects are no longer acceptable to us.


We also may have taken on some responsibilities as we begin to grow our papercrafting "career" Perhaps we joined a design team or 2. We have a blog, social media, and a YouTube channel to keep up with. Comments to respond to and before we know it, the emails are pouring in. When is it okay to take a step back? ALWAYS!


Once we take on commitments, such a design team, or a blog hop, we need to make sure we honor those commitments. Others are counting on you. It takes some time to learn how much you can handle without wanting to pull your hair out. Always remember, that sleep, family time, and self care are all needed during these times.


It is important to know your limits. Know that if you are overwhelmed, it is okay to take a little break. Go in your craft room, and play. Get messy and inky. Turn the camera off, turn your phone off and just play like we used to. Sometimes, we need to fall in love with papercrafting all over again.


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