Crafting With Purpose

I have a TON of scrapbooking supplies. And I do mean a TON. I have great scrapbooks for my now-11-year-old’s toddler years and my now-8-year-old daughter’s baby years. I have scrapbooks for my 5-year-old son and my 3-year-old daughter, too, though I wouldn’t say they were great. And I have LOTS of papers, “embellishments” (the generic term for “doo-dads” that are stuck on the scrapbook page to add texture and interest), ribbons, circle punches, paper edgers, and pretty much anything else you can think of that has to (or, for that matter, ever has had to) do with scrapbooking. Yes, I even have those decorative-edged scissors. Like I said, even things that have ever had to do with scrapbooking.

The only problem is the one thing I don’t have: TIME. Oh, believe me, I have watched just about every YouTube video out there on quick and easy scrapbooking and have followed along with a lot of those projects. But when I have time to do “something extra”, I am now wanting those “extras” to be more than pictures on pretty paper! Don’t get me wrong – I love my kids and want to make them lovely scrapbooks that they can always cherish. I just find that most of my available time is spent cooking (especially cooking), cleaning, and doing laundry (maybe this one trumps cooking…), and I end up not viewing scrapbooking as a priority, so I never do it. I can, however, get behind CRAFTING WITH PURPOSE. What exactly does that mean? Well, crafting not for the sake of crafting, per se, but for the sake of making something USEFUL. Beautiful, yes. But, above that, something with which I can DO SOMETHING . If I were to make items that my family can actually use, and, as an added bonus, making those items was something that I enjoyed (soap, growing plants in the garden for food, and candles), I would MAKE time for those activities.

If you have read many of my blog posts, you’ll understand it when I say that my crafting life is equivalent to my blog life – I do it when I can, and when I do, I do as much as I can (For example, I’ll have posted 4 pages since yesterday, after this one!). I exist by a crafting/blogging feast or famine!

My Christmas wish list this year will reflect my newfound desire to Craft With Purpose – a soapmaking kit from www.essentialdepot.com, gardening supplies from www.groworganic.com, and beeswax for candlemaking (Anyone have a great source?)

Does anyone out there feel the same? Are you in the process of eliminating/letting go of those activities that you enjoy but for which you can’t find time? 

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