Two weeks ago, I began a challenge of the best kind. Inspired by Sabine of momentstolivefor.com, whom I follow on Instagram and was first introduced to via the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge. Here is her story and how the #365craftingtime came to be. You can also follow her documentation of her 365 days of crafting in photos on Tumbler and Instagram. Her IG username is @sabinecrafts.
If the sound of this piques your interest or gets your creative itch going, do read on! If it sounds nice, but the thought of 365 days of anything seems like an overcommitment, I ask you to read on anyway. Don’t decide if you want to join in with us until you see my “crafting time” from my first 14 days of the challenge. I assure you— no overcommitment required.
Here’s the challenge, straight from Sabine’s blog:
These are the rules:
1. Craft everyday.
It doesn’t have to be a whole new project everyday, it’s enough, if I just put some washi tape stripes as embellishment on an envelope. The important thing is, to sit down and do something creative with my hands.
2. Document everyday.
To be accountable I will document every little crafty thing with a photo and collect them in the fabulous app ‘Collect’. There I have the perfect overview above all days and what I’ve created, because it shows one photo every day. At the end I can print every photo with date and text like you can see it here. There’s an export function to save these calendar cards from this app.
Above that, I will post the photo to Instagram and a new tumblr blog I created for this purpose. That way I have every photo in one gallery for everyone to see and follow. That’s another beauty of the Collect app: you can share the photo and text directly with Instagram or some other Social Medias or save them in your Dropbox.
3. There will be some days…
…that I don’t find the time to craft, not even a little thing. By that I don’t mean regular days, being stressed from work or full with appointments. I mean days like Christmas or birthdays, when I enjoy time with friends and family and nothing more. This is one from the lessons I lerned from my cup-challenge. Therefore I give myself permission to pause my challenge on these days, but I will have to craft two things instead of one the following day. As said before, it doesn’t have to be something big.
Wanna join me?
I would be delighted, if you join me on this exciting journey. You can simply post your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #365craftingtime. That’s all.
If you want to announce the start of your personal journey, you can use the cover photo from me or create your own.
If you want to be able to show everything you created with one hashtag, maybe you can use the official hashtag plus your name, f.e. #365craftingtimesabine or something similar.
Do you have any questions? Feel free to contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Instagram or just leave a comment here.
The things that I am doing differently than Sabine—
- I am posting here on my blog, every week, photos of my crafts. (starting with the first two weeks 😉 )
- And on Instagram, using the hashtag #365craftingtime as well as #kjs365.
I love how Sabine said, “The important thing is, to sit down and do something creative with my hands.”
My “crafting time” may look quite a bit different than another’s. It may be a crafty type craft. By that, I mean like scrapbooking, a handmade gift, a DIY home project or something. But some days, most days, it will probably be something simple. A simple doodle in my art journal. A quick journal entry into my project life album. A card for a friend. You’ll see as I share photos of my crafting time, that I am not taking myself overly seriously here.
My goal is : to create something everyday. to sit down and do something with my hands.
My reason is : because creating in this way makes me happy. it makes me feel like… me. and that is important enough to me to commit time to.
So, whether it’s 5 minutes— a no thought required kind of craft— or hours— a marathon Project Life session—- I’m doing this.
So far? The take away has been pretty wonderful. Not because I now have many masterpieces to behold as a result. Haha. No. Still… beautiful or messy or in-between, the things I create are an extension, an expression, a song, a piece of me. So… they matter.
January 12 | Day 1:
Doodles about my day in my art journal, with the intention of doodling more each day of that week.
January 13 | Day 2:
Customizing a title card from the We-R-Memory Keepers Albums Made Easy line. The colors and design were perfect, but the sentiment wasn’t fitting for the Project Life spread I was working on. I customized a second card and this time thought to take photos of the before and after and here’s that, so you can get a better idea of how I altered them:
January 14 | Day 3:
Scribbly journaling, done from by bed.
January15 | Day 4:
Organizing photos and inserting a few into my 2014 Project Life album. (While watching New Girl on Netflix. I LOVE that show.)
January 16 | Day 5:
Yes, this is a screen shot from my phone. Hah. This photo got deleted before it got saved. So. 😉
It’s my art journal page once I had doodled/written something about each day that week. Well. Monday through Friday.
January 17 | Day 6:
The first day that I skipped. (GASP) No… no I didn’t make it through the first week without skipping a day. BUT. In my defense, January 17th is my wedding anniversary. So, I was kinda busy spending time with the man I married. ❤
January 18 | Day 7:
Went through my entire stash of scrapbook paper recently, which hasn’t been touched in a loooong time. This day I cropped some of it into cards for my Project Life, as well as worked on a January 2015 layout, which I will be sharing here next week. YAY!
January 19 | Day 8:
One full Project Life spread complete and one page, or half of a full spread, done. Two and a half pages? On a weekday? I’m counting that as make up for the day that I missed. 😉
January 20 | Day 9:
Journaling in my art journal… a sort of “notes to self” kind of thing. Specifically regarding my motherhood in this current season.
And also on this day:
A cork/white board that Erik spray painted white for me. Everything is prettier in white, if you ask me. I turned the white board portion into a week-at-a-glance type of thing for our family with some strips of wash tape. Simple!
January 21 | Day 10:
I fiddled around with my watercolors. I had woken up that morning with Feist lyrics in my head. I knew I wanted to include them in my PL album, so I attempted to create a filler card. “Collect the moments one by one…”
January 22 | Day 11:
Once I get into Project Life mode, I tend to want to stay there a while. I made a few more journal cards (you would think I wouldn’t want/need to do that with the three kits I have!) and worked on the current week’s documentation.
January 23 | Day 12:
One of my VERY bestest friends got ENGAGED on this day! It was a momentous occasion, so very special. This day was also busy from start to finish, so it was definitely one of those days when I sat down to create something, to do something with my hands, only because I made the time to do so. I spent maybe 8 minutes doing this.
Also! Did you know that January 23rd is National Handwriting Day? It is. I can say that I celebrated. 😉
January 24 | Day 13:
Another day that I definitely chose to be intentional about sitting down to make something. This past weekend was a FULL one. Still… the more I create, the more I find myself wanting to create. And the more it becomes a habit, the more I have been looking forward each day to the time I know I will choose to spend creating. This was a birthday card for a friend. She loved it guys. Like… she really loved it. And that made me so happy.
So, again, if the idea of creating everyday sparks anything in you— anything at all— just START! Start today.
And tell me about it! Use the hashtag #365craftingtime on social media, drop me a comment or an email! I would love to follow along!
Happy creating, y’all. ❤