Hi My Paper Crafting Friends!
I had to sit down and just say hi to everyone and chat about something that I was thinking about. Last night I sat down at a tiny table in the back room of my house…not my large craft room/studio where I film and really create. Just a small table. I had some cardstock, patterned paper, scissors, adhesive and some Viva Pens and I just started creating. I went through some photos that I’ve been meaning to scrapbook for a LONG time, and organized photos in envelopes. I also just decided, why not just scrapbook for fun. Don’t worry about writing up instructions, videoing the how to, I do that every week usually two or three a week these days. I LOVE doing it – its really a passion of mine, but it was really great to sit down and just “throw” some stuff together because I wanted to. I had no reason to, I didn’t worry about having my Cricut ready for the perfect title or image. I just used what I had right there by me and had a blast with it. Of course I took a few pictures with my cell phone, but nothing fancy at all… I’ll share a snap shot or two, but realize, its just because for fun stuff. Totally self-indulgent! 🙂
Then I got to thinking about something that I read on a message board a little while back…. Let me share the question here:
“How do you find the time? I can get so caught up in the MB or looking at peoples blogs and just linking…connecting…lurking…linking…looking…and never scrap a thing!
Seriously, I have had the best intentions to have a scrap day – start on the MB and the next thing I know – the whole day is blown. I keep adding peoples blogs to my favorites for inspiration…and then I actually do not scrap anything at all!
How do you all post all the time and post on blogs and actually find time to scrap?
I need some lessons in time management 🙁 “
I feel as though recently I’ve seen lots of questions about blogging, scrapbooking, cardmaking and such and I just really wanted to share a few thoughts on it.
First I guess I really wanted to say – I just feel so blessed to have a supportive husband who loves that I love my hobby. He really is a huge encourager and support to this crafting thing that I love so dearly. But I am a mom and a wife first, and that hasn’t changed even with turning Above Rubies “Studio” into more of a business in the sense with Club Ruby and some of the DVDs. I still do this blog and sharing for fun, because I enjoy it and because its an outlet for me when Mommy/Wife life feels overwhelming. Creating and sharing and teaching has always been a huge part of my life, and while I’m still a “baby” in the online crafting world to some, I’ve been very much a part of crafting and teaching for a long long time.
My intentions were never really to do any more than share when I started. I had my Cricut for quite a long time before joining the Cricut Message Board and really looking into blogs and such that were out there.
Through my husband’s encouragement and experience in the online world, he set up a quick blog for me and helped me get started with videos and such of things I was making around the time of my sister’s wedding. I had been blogging for a while before, but it was more a personal journal of my life, didn’t really want people to read it or care to help anyone other than get my thoughts out. Its still up, but I rarely write in that anymore.
Anyway, over time I had started developing a list of materials and settings that worked best for the Cricut and save your paper from tearing and ripping and just hours and hours of frustrations with getting your blade depth, speed and pressure just right on your Cricut Machine for whatever project you were working on. So out of that the Original Cricut Cutting Guide was born! I got involved more and more in the Cricut Message board and community and saw how many questions CONSTANTLY there were about frustrations with paper ripping or not cutting all the way through the paper, or other related paper cutting with the Cricut questions. So, again I turned to my husband and said, can we use this? So he created the whole download system for the Cricut Cutting Guide and out of that Above Rubies Studio has continued to grow. That developed into the A to Z DVD series that we have and continue to expand upon! (Yes MORE A to Z DVDs are coming out VERY SOON – and also our shorter length mini-series DVDs of 123 videos are all in the works!) They’ve been a huge help to many many crafters and I still feel so blessed to get almost daily emails of people sharing their thanks and success stories in creating from these helpful videos and I just have YOU ALL to thank! 🙂
Still, the questions of time, the questions of will, and the questions of viewership of blogs still gets asked alot. I can only really answer a few things for myself in that:
Time for Blogging and Creating:
- It comes from a dedication and love for it! Consistency in doing it – every week – every month – everyday – whatever you set out for it to be.
- It comes from support of family and spouses, if you are spending all your time trying to blog and make something out of your creations and you are taking away from your family time, it can be to detriment of the blog and family. I can’t encourage enough that it shouldn’t become that.
Getting People to Follow Your Blog:
- I do fun things from time to time and I like to spread the word what we do at Above Rubies Studio, but getting followers has happened over time. Being a part of the community and just sharing openly what I have done in different places has lead to daily viewership that you all take part in and I thank you for it!
- Above Rubies Studio got many followers from the release of the Cutting Guide, which we offered for free. We have made an email list from those who have chosen to download the guide, and while have sent out emails to those people on occasion, its all related to the the Cricut and what the Cutting Guide is all about, updates and such. I’d also like to mention – people don’t have to receive any emails from us if they wish not to, we believe everyone has that right and option and hate spam just as much as EVERYONE else! 🙂
- Giveaways and prizes: Something that we love to do from time to time and have had troubles doing them in the past. We do them for everyone’s enjoyment and fun and it comes from us! While we get lots and lots of comments when we have a giveaway, that’s all we generally require to win anything!
Blog Sponsorship and Getting Paid to Blog:
- We are not sponsored or paid for blogging from any outside company, and I don’t intend to go that direction this is not something we intent to pursue. I can say this for Above Rubies Studio, we’ve had offers for more steady sponsorship and have not moved forward with anything like that as of now. Not saying it will never happen in the future, but for now… While I do receive some “free gifts” from time to time and different places will sponsor a giveaway once in a while. Above Rubies Studio projects and products and most giveaways are shared and shown because it what I use in Crafting on a regular basis and what we want to giveaway. Something I’m very passionate about! From time to time I do guest designer work for different retail locations and may share what I do and use for and from them, but again, its because I want to do it not because I’m get paid for it, because frankly it wouldn’t pay bills to do that either!
Finally I guess I really want to refer over to another wonderful gal’s blog… OkieLadybug – She couldn’t have said it any better what the whole blogging/crafting thing is all about! 🙂 I would love for you all to read her write up about this very topic! I love Okie just wanted to share! 🙂 This is the start of Okie’s post right here….follow the link to read the entire contents – 🙂
So thats about that – I just felt the want to share my thoughts, and such! Hope you all are having a great day and I’ll see ya Tuesday for another video! 🙂