Adventures in Card-Making

Music in the craft room


Dear Fellow Crafters,

Right now, check your Kindle, I-Phone or other device and count how many songs/albums you have stored. Do you listen primarily to one or two genres  or are you an eclectic collector? Did you know that music effects your brain?

It turns out that a moderate noise level is the “sweet spot” for creativity. Ambient noise gets our creative juices flowing. When we struggle through a process (how to get a die cut to stand up in a mason jar, for instance) we resort to more create approaches. I used a Styrofoam base cut in half and covered the edges.

Music choices can predict our personality. The five personality traits are openness to experiences, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and emotional stability. While I am not sure of this and liken studies I’ve read to the fascination some people have to Horoscopes, it does sound interesting.  My favorite music choices  are country, classic, nature sounds, and sometimes TV or movie themes. For instance, if I need to complete a monotonous task, such as cutting out store coupons, I listen to the music score from the album “Snowy River”, or if I am trying to relax, I listen to “Rudy”. Sometimes listening to soothing music can help you creatively daydream. You slow down your mind and body and drift into your next big project.

So, the next time you enter your studio, decide if you are going to dream or work and play the music that will help your experiences.

‘Til next time,


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