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I need help , I can't seem to find enough time to finish my projects, I work full time, with kids. You all know what I mean ( I think ) anyway if you have some idea's I would love to hear them.

Cheryl

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Set aside a specific amount of time, whether that is 15 minutes or less, to craft each day, if that is what you want. Stamp images onto cardstock and bring pencils or markers to color while you are waiting for the kids at practice or lessons. Have a plan in mind of your project before you begin so you aren't wasting time thinking of ideas when you could be actually crafting. Carry a notebook with you to jot down ideas and work out sketches. Hope that helps a little.
Hi, Cheryl - I am in the same boat -- working full time, really active kids, other volunteer commitments, etc. I get really frustrated sometimes because I feel that my stamping takes backseat to everything else. That has been especially true in the past few weeks as we head toward the end of the school year. That said, I have been trying to figure out ways I can have some stamping time. One thing I have been doing is setting aside a few hours on a given day to focus on doing projects. Sometimes I get one done, sometimes more, but I find that if I just plan on that day being the one time I can get in some craft time it usually works. It happens that Sunday afternoon has worked out for me because we usually don't have much scheduled that afternoon so I throw some laundry in and go to my stamping room. It doesn't always work because things do come up but the majority of the time that is an open spot in my weekly schedule. So look for a day when you most often have a chunk of time open and set it as your stamping time. Good luck! BTW - I do some of the things Lynn suggested, too. Having images I can take along and color when I'm killing time waiting for a kid to get done with a practice or lesson. I also try to do sketches or jot ideas down ahead of time so I can just get to them when I do have time to work on a project (or I will take 20 minutes to just cut all the paper for a project so the next time I can just work on stamping and putting it together). Hope some of those ideas help!
P.S. Don't know what your work situation is but I sometimes work on card ideas while I eat lunch. I bring my lunch pretty much everyday so as I sit and eat it I jot ideas or draw some little sketches for cards.
Thank you Lynn,
I really like your idea about a plan & notebook, because I do seem to waste time planing when I could be stamping.

Lynn in St. Louis said:
Set aside a specific amount of time, whether that is 15 minutes or less, to craft each day, if that is what you want. Stamp images onto cardstock and bring pencils or markers to color while you are waiting for the kids at practice or lessons. Have a plan in mind of your project before you begin so you aren't wasting time thinking of ideas when you could be actually crafting. Carry a notebook with you to jot down ideas and work out sketches. Hope that helps a little.
Hi Kay ,
thanks for your great ideas, I' ve never thought about my lunch hour before. I am going to try that.
Sometimes it seems impossible to me that we manage any crafting at all. thanks again.

Kay S. said:
Hi, Cheryl - I am in the same boat -- working full time, really active kids, other volunteer commitments, etc. I get really frustrated sometimes because I feel that my stamping takes backseat to everything else. That has been especially true in the past few weeks as we head toward the end of the school year. That said, I have been trying to figure out ways I can have some stamping time. One thing I have been doing is setting aside a few hours on a given day to focus on doing projects. Sometimes I get one done, sometimes more, but I find that if I just plan on that day being the one time I can get in some craft time it usually works. It happens that Sunday afternoon has worked out for me because we usually don't have much scheduled that afternoon so I throw some laundry in and go to my stamping room. It doesn't always work because things do come up but the majority of the time that is an open spot in my weekly schedule. So look for a day when you most often have a chunk of time open and set it as your stamping time. Good luck! BTW - I do some of the things Lynn suggested, too. Having images I can take along and color when I'm killing time waiting for a kid to get done with a practice or lesson. I also try to do sketches or jot ideas down ahead of time so I can just get to them when I do have time to work on a project (or I will take 20 minutes to just cut all the paper for a project so the next time I can just work on stamping and putting it together). Hope some of those ideas help!
P.S. Don't know what your work situation is but I sometimes work on card ideas while I eat lunch. I bring my lunch pretty much everyday so as I sit and eat it I jot ideas or draw some little sketches for cards.
Hi Cheryl,
I am a SAHM, but my kids are little and my craft room is a disaster so I can only craft when they are gone or sleeping. ;) I mostly stamp for challenges or occasions so I always have a purpose when I stamp instead of just randomly looking at my stuff trying to figure out what to do. I do like Lynn and Kay and jot down ideas. I write out the challenges and then make notes about which stamps I want to use, or colors, or whatever. If I get two minutes to run in there, i'll cut my cardstock, or stamp the image to color. Sometimes it takes me two or three days to finish a card, but if I do it here and there it gets done. I really need to clean my room up, but if I have time to be in there i usually opt to craft instead.
I am very similar to Paula and the others.. I am a huge fan of sketch challenges, it gives me the layout and I just pick the colors and stamps I want to use. I tend to cut/color when given a 5 minute increment of time (have a 2 yr. old plus two older kids) and tend to get the bulk of my stamping time when the youngest is napping or late at night when everyone has gone to bed. I jot things down throughout the week that I want to do and so when I get time I can get right to it.

Paula Laird said:
Hi Cheryl,
I am a SAHM, but my kids are little and my craft room is a disaster so I can only craft when they are gone or sleeping. ;) I mostly stamp for challenges or occasions so I always have a purpose when I stamp instead of just randomly looking at my stuff trying to figure out what to do. I do like Lynn and Kay and jot down ideas. I write out the challenges and then make notes about which stamps I want to use, or colors, or whatever. If I get two minutes to run in there, i'll cut my cardstock, or stamp the image to color. Sometimes it takes me two or three days to finish a card, but if I do it here and there it gets done. I really need to clean my room up, but if I have time to be in there i usually opt to craft instead.
Hi Paula ,
I don't know what a sahm is, but my craft area is a disaster too. Thanks for your idea's I am going to try the plan ahead idea's because I think I waste time when I do have a little time to craft.


Paula Laird said:
Hi Cheryl,
I am a SAHM, but my kids are little and my craft room is a disaster so I can only craft when they are gone or sleeping. ;) I mostly stamp for challenges or occasions so I always have a purpose when I stamp instead of just randomly looking at my stuff trying to figure out what to do. I do like Lynn and Kay and jot down ideas. I write out the challenges and then make notes about which stamps I want to use, or colors, or whatever. If I get two minutes to run in there, i'll cut my cardstock, or stamp the image to color. Sometimes it takes me two or three days to finish a card, but if I do it here and there it gets done. I really need to clean my room up, but if I have time to be in there i usually opt to craft instead.
"SAHM" is a stay at home mom :o)

Cheryl Farnhill said:
Hi Paula ,
I don't know what a sahm is, but my craft area is a disaster too. Thanks for your idea's I am going to try the plan ahead idea's because I think I waste time when I do have a little time to craft.


Paula Laird said:
Hi Cheryl,
I am a SAHM, but my kids are little and my craft room is a disaster so I can only craft when they are gone or sleeping. ;) I mostly stamp for challenges or occasions so I always have a purpose when I stamp instead of just randomly looking at my stuff trying to figure out what to do. I do like Lynn and Kay and jot down ideas. I write out the challenges and then make notes about which stamps I want to use, or colors, or whatever. If I get two minutes to run in there, i'll cut my cardstock, or stamp the image to color. Sometimes it takes me two or three days to finish a card, but if I do it here and there it gets done. I really need to clean my room up, but if I have time to be in there i usually opt to craft instead.
Thanks Jennie,
This is the first forum that i have joined, I will have to catch up on the way you guys speak
We are so glad you joined us! This has been my favorite forum for over a year and here is a THREAD with some helpful hints on abbreviations, chatspeak, tagging, etc. I know I refer to it quite a bit because I am not quite up to date on all of the computer lingo myself :o)

Cheryl Farnhill said:
Thanks Jennie,
This is the first forum that i have joined, I will have to catch up on the way you guys speak
I craft on the go. When I am sitting at swim meets, LaCrosse practice, etc... I will stamp a bunch of images and take them along with my bag of Copics and color away. If we go camping, I will do the same thing. When I am watching TV with my husband at night, I will punch or die cut a bunch of shapes on the family room floor for later use. When I have no mojo, I will stamp a bunch of different greetings and then die cut them and organize them by theme, "Thank you, Birthday, etc."

Sometimes, I will cut and fold a bunch of card bases and layer them with Patterned paper. Then, when I do have a half hour somewhere, I have tons of images, greetings and card bases ready to go and I can mix and match and assemble.

It's one way to craft around the house without having to think too much.
Well I don't know if this will help but here goes! There are times when I only have a few mins.to craft and instead of telling myself I don't have time to do anything in this short a time so why bother - I do this!
I have large baggies on hand that you can buy from Zellers and I set myself up a project in them. So in a few mins. I can pick the cardstock,(both plain and patterned and sometimes may just be scraps of), the stamp (sometimes even stamp the images out), and the embellishments that I'd like to possibly use with it, and throw it all into the baggie. That way I'm ready to either sit down when I do have a few more mins. or grab and go so I have something to do elsewhere.

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