Somehow, writing this post kind of feel like a defeat, a surrender. Throwing in the towel. Waving the white flag.
And yet, in other ways, it is so freeing and burden-lifting that I just want to jump up and shout for joy.
I have come to the conclusion that making a card every week is no longer giving me the joy and satisfaction that it used to. I was pretty faithful at making them for about two and a half years, which I think is pretty darn good. And I had fun at first, I really did. But, as time passed, the commitment to making them become more of a chore and burden than something I looked forward to. My creative juices just haven’t been flowing in the papercrafting arena for quite a while, and stuff online just isn’t sparking the inspiration like it used to.
And so, with that realization, I have decided to cease the “weekly” cards (I know, they haven’t been weekly for a good long while!). I have other crafting interests, which I will get into in a minute, that are taking more of my time now and have rekindled in me the desire to create. And as a naturally creative person, having something going on that inspires me and makes me want to work with my hands again is like a breath of fresh air compared to my feelings of dread when I thought about making cards.
Maybe dread is too strong a word. More like, “mild displeasure” or “intense mental grumbling.”
And while I feel slightly like I will be letting my readership down, let’s be real. I don’t really have a readership. Six people visited my blog after I posted the last card a couple weeks ago. I didn’t really start the blog as a way to gain readers, it was more of a way to keep myself accountable to making cards and using up supplies. So, I’d rather disappoint the very few people that read my blog and change things up to make myself happy than continue with a project I no longer enjoy.
I do still have too many papercrafting supplies, though, so I will be decluttering my stash and just getting rid of a bunch instead of trying to use it. Including the chipboard letters I was going to use on the alphabet cards I was going to start making. 🙂 Getting rid of stuff I know I will never use will be so much more freeing than continuing to hang onto it like some crazed hoarder.
And it will make room for other supplies that are taking up space in my office. 🙂
Which brings me to my next subject. I’m not going to discontinue my blog, just redefine what I’m doing with it. The blog is called “Geek Girl Creations” after all, not “Geek Girl Cards.” I’m planning on keeping you up to date on my latest projects and creations, a lot of which will be these guys:
I’m planning on having a craft booth at a local show this fall trying to sell these lovely ornaments. But that means that I need to make a whole bundle of them.
This is my stash so far. I think I’ve got a looooong way to go. 😉
So I’m going to pop into the blog to showcase my latest creations, be they ornaments for my booth, or other random crafts that I’m working on (I’ve got two projects in the planning stages right now that I’m dying to get to!), or maybe even just to post a pretty, random photograph that I take once in a while. And yes, if I do make a card for a special occasion or if the inspiration randomly strikes, I will post those, too. I’m not going to dump ALL of my papercrafting supplies, after all! 🙂
So yeah, new year, new blog. I’m excited to see where this year takes me/us on this creative journey, and I hope you’ll stick around for the ride!