This tag with a face? I’m not sure where I’m heading with it. In the background you see my desk and my vacation album in current progress. Right now I just counted and there are over 20 “must complete soon” projects sitting around in some state of progress from a product pulled to feature all the way to “waiting to be photographed”.
So how on the busiest days do I keep finding minutes to work and create and play? I utilize small pieces of time. Instead of sitting and surfing social media for the few minutes between an appointment and picking up the kids (for example) I might:
- Pull out paint or paste, a few stencils, and cardstock and just stencil quickly a few backgrounds for later play.
- Take one paste/stencil/stamped background and add color (ink, watercolor, paint, mist…)
- Pull out photos and decide on a design for a layout
- Take out a commonly used punch or die cut and punch scraps of paper
- Add stitching or pen work to finish off a project
- Flip through older stickers and find inspiration for a project – start setting it up
The list goes on and on! By thinking about those tiny bits of time between the crazy rush, I find sometimes as much as an hour in a “there is no time to create today” day. The benefit as I see it, is that my brain is happy (yay! crafting!) and when I do have time to actually sit down and craft it isn’t like I haven’t been keeping active so I won’t experience crafter brain freeze where I just don’t know where to start. I’ve already got stuff in the works.
Do you have tricks and tips for using small amounts of time? I’d love to hear them!