Dear Fellow Crafters,
Once upon a time, in a galaxy far away, there lived a group of crafters. They were clever folks who believed that with their talents and many ideas they had become their villages’ answer to the NEXT BIG THING. Then disaster struck! They lost their ideas. They had so many of them, all in various secretive places and they were lost.
OK – this is a fantasy. However, the last part, sadly is not. We crafters do tend to have so many ideas, stored in so many places that they may get lost or worse yet, finished products never made!
Long before the internet, there was email. Lots of us, crafters and non-crafters alike took our ideas from our browsers and stored them in folders on our laptops or in our email account. Then came newsletters, blogs, magazine galleries, craft store ideas. Then came the mysterious CLOUD and finally Pinterest.
Where do you store ideas? This situation came to a head for me this summer. I realized that I was never going to be able to make all the cards I wanted to. Other than all the magazines I have where was the bulk of my ideas and more importantly, how would I organize them? HMMMM. It’s interesting what you can find on the internet isn’t it? When I typed in the question I found this article “Why all crafters need a visual diary.” The author of this intriguing blog post, Felicia (creator of the Craft Sessions) explains it this way:
“All crafters need a visual diary and by visual diary I mean a notebook, Pinterest and an inspiration board.” Her article continues to say that visual diaries help you identify and prioritize which ideas to make. You can plan and gather supplies. “The visual diary allows your ideas to develop over time.” Sometimes you see an idea on Pinterest or on the web and say to yourself “I can make that.” The only thing is, after you start you realize that the original crafter used “X” to make the finished product and you don’t have “X”. Using a visual diary allows you to sketch out your idea and plan on how to implement your supplies. You can work on your design for a long time.
“Visual Diaries provide clarity about what your brain really likes which helps you make better things.” This is sorta like putting all your eggs in one basket, er, folder. Like the example above,, if you make “X” it will be different if you use your supplies instead of buying the exact same thing the original designer used. Pinterest, as I’ve often said, is a “godsend.” Pinning things on a board is a way of checking to see what you like over time. A visual diary will help your ideas become the best versions of themselves.