…to try something new.
It can be hard to change your habits, particularly ones you’ve had for over 40 years.
I’ve always had a tendency to start things I didn’t finish, but as I got older I began thinking I might have undiagnosed ADD. I’m easily distracted, and each new idea I come across leads away from completing the preceding idea.
In my craft room I can be distracted by every piece of paper, embellishment, ribbon, and die. I generally have at least three cards in progress at any given time. I’ll look for an embellishment for a card and spot something else while I look that I really want to use, although it won’t work on the current card. So I start another card before I finish the first one.
I’m grateful to have such a wide variety of materials to work with, but it’s hard to keep your table organized and decluttered if you’ve got multiple projects going at the same time. And you greatly increase your chances of messing up one card while trying to work on another one in the same space. (Well, maybe you don’t, but I sure do!)
So I decided a couple weeks ago to try something new: I’d finish one card before starting work on another! (Hope you weren’t expecting some earth-shattering revelation! lol)
I started with one of the cards I had in progress, and didn’t allow myself to deviate until I had it done.
It worked out well, so I finished the two others I had going. At that point it seemed much easier to tidy up my work space before starting a new card.
Next it occurred to me that I had many pre-cut squares and rectangles of paper, but at the same time was going hunting through all my papers, always looking for “something different.” Which meant pulling out various sheets of paper, holding them against each other, and then pulling out more when what I had wasn’t quite right. And guess what? I’d be too excited when I found the perfect paper(s) to stop and put the rest away again!
So I decided I was going to make cards using my previously cut papers instead of pulling out new ones. I know that I can easily make cards that don’t look alike, even if they do happen to both use a piece of the same patterned paper (a 12×12 sheet leaves you with a lot of leftovers after making one card with it!).
At some point I might figure out a reasonable way to limit my ribbon or embellishment choices, too, but for now I don’t want to go that far (no, must have many, many embellishments! lol). And since my embellishments are mostly in drawers sorted by color, they’re pretty easy to put away.
It’s been heartening for me to discover that I actually can wait to start a new card until after I’ve finished the current one. I wasn’t sure if I could make myself do it.
Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks! lol