Why are you so hard on yourself?

I have been a paper crafter/scrapbook creator for about 14 years. Before that I worked in many different mediums when creating. I don’t think of myself as a crafter, I am a craft artisan … and you know what? You are too.

When I have my items for sale at boutiques many people will come up and comment, “Oh, I could never do that.” “Your work is so good and mine … I just have trouble getting things straight and looking so good.” I listen to these comments and all I can think is that goodness, we ARE so critical of our own work. What do I have to say to all of you that feel that way? “Why? Why are you so dissatisfied with your work?”

You have this plan in your head of what you want your project to look like and if it deviates just a smidgen then you are unhappy. You know that there was a mistake, but no one else knows that. I tell people in my classes all the time that there are no mistakes. All you did was give your item some personality! Remember that we are all at different levels of expertise.

You know that I didn’t just pick up a rubber stamp and stamp pad and start creating the items that I do now. I had to go through the same learning curve as everyone else. I couldn’t tell you how many cards had the inking of the edge of the stamp rubber around the images, or how many times I smeared my ink not realizing that I needed to let it set or dry before I tried to color it in. I am sure that the people that received those first cards thought “yuck, she really could afford to go buy something much better from the store!

But I didn’t give up. I went to classes, read magazines, and later watched videos to learn how to stamp better. I still make mistakes, but the difference now is that I don’t let it upset me. If I can’t do something to hide the obvious flaw that the average person would know is a mistake (outline inking on the card) then I just get a new piece of paper or card stock and do it again. Gosh, it is only paper. It is not the end of the world! Remember there are two sides to every piece of paper. If the ink shows on the backside then remember that it is recyclable!

What I am trying to tell you is don’t be so hard on yourself. We all were a beginner at some time. From there we went through the learning progression. Some are farther along than others but we are all doing what we want to do AND what we enjoy to do. It doesn’t matter what your craft is, you are an artisan. You ARE creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Be proud!

If you would like to improve and learn more techniques in stamping then I would like to invite you to contact me or leave a message about scheduling a workshop in your home or to register for a class. Do it today!

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