How to begin?

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I decided to take a few pages in my new Creativity Journal to vent. This was a novel idea for me since I usually start off very positively. I was really feeling overwhelmed by the number of choices (both resources and cards to make) and the time element and weather played a part. After a few pages of my “pity party rant” I got down to business.  I realized, not long into my 6th page(!) that if I continued down that road I’d never succeed in the task.

That day, I took all the cards I had already made and set aside the ones that had been commissioned and were waiting for pick up. I sorted out the remaining cards according to occasion/holiday. Craft vendors have several problems when planning for a sale. One of them is how many products to bring. I also remembered that several customers had asked if I had cards for twins (which I didn’t) and masculine birthday cards. The categories were: Anniversary, baby (yes, twins), birthday (children, men and women), get well, thank you, thinking of you, sympathy, wedding and Christmas.

“I have to tell you” (favorite saying of Denise), the creative wheels starting turning! I went to bed thinking of all the possibilities….. and then I woke up!

As writers/journalers we’re always open to possibilities. We explore, we experiment, we write. As crafters, we take the ideas we’ve gathered for all the products we make and think of ways to enhance them to make them our own. We also buy a lot of craft supplies.

By this time, I had written several pages. I knew instinctively that I had to prioritize. I took a page and drew a circle with 12 “spokes”. Each spoke was labeled with the card category I had to make. I looked at the diagram and then did a very un-scientific (is that a word?) thing. I wrote each of the categories on slips of paper, put them in a box and reached in (blindly) for the first challenge.

Next week, I’ll share what I did next.

‘Til next week,

~Sallie

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