Adventures in Card-Making

New Year, New You

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Some people think “New Year’s Resolutions” are a chance to open their hearts and lives to new possibilities; a chance to change-up and challenge themselves. Some cynics believe that the catch phrase is just that -a fast way to wasted gym membership and loose money.

Crafters, such as us, look at New Year’s Resolutions differently. We see new possibilities, New ways to organize, New things to learn and discover. No matter what you create, a new year is like looking at a blank space and wanting to fill it up!

Is there any such thing as a Guilt-free Craft Resolution? Yup! Here are some ways I’ve found to create a new year and make one small move towards a life of change:

  • Turn on music while you clean up a space on your craft table or go for a walk or write a thank you note.
  • Loosen up on those strict rules we all have in our heads. You know the ones – I must organize my paper stash on Mondays  or I must throw out the old magazines on Wednesday. Ease back and try taking on one color or theme at a time. Take a stack of magazines with you to the tv room and go through them during commercials.
  • Be positive in your thinking. Sometimes our feelings of inadequacy can become paralyzing. Pick something you’re good at and spend time improving that. I’ve got a friend who learned calligraphy long ago. She honed her craft and I love receiving her cards and notes. The writing is so beautiful and makes her words very special.
  • Band together. Join a group that scraps together or colors. Check out your community or library for ideas or form your own group!
  • Accept yourself – you’re human and you’re not going to do “whatever” perfectly the first time. That’s ok, ’cause you’re unique!.

Happy Crafting in the new year!




Adventures in Card-Making


Dear Fellow Crafters,

As many of you know, I write 2 blogs,  and

While both blog’s themes are different, some of the topics such as motivation, gratitude, artistic endeavors apply to both of them. Last year, on the first of every month, I wrote a post entitled Pursuit of Happiness. According to the stats, (supplied by WordPress), this category was the most read each month.

This year, I will post again on Mondays and Fridays. The first day of each month will feature the topic Creativity. We will discover what creativity is and isn’t and how it affects us. I hope you will continue to follow my blogs As always, you can reach me at and you can now follow me on my Facebook Page- My Collaged Life.

Have a wonderfully creative new year!