7 Tips On How To Organize Your Crafts Room

If you’ve been hard at your craft hobby for awhile, you’ll know all about getting things in a mess. I recently decided to turn our spare bedroom into arts an crafts room so that I could have a cubby hole away from the main living area. Dedicating a room to artistic pursuits was one of the best things I did.

I’ve been hard at work organizing things, and I’m finally getting on top of everything now. Even having a dedicated room for arts and crafts need some thought so that things don’t get out of hand. So, before your crafts space or room grows out of control, I’d suggest taking stock and getting yourself organized first.

After all, a clean space leaves a clear mind for more creativity.

Here are some suggestions:

#1 Get extra storage space

Getting an additional cabinet or other types of storage – if the size of your room or space allows – will free up your workspace from the clutter. Don’t allow your work table to become a dumping zone for junk.

#2 Get rid of anything you don’t need

Be ruthless when you go through your craft supplies and items. After a few years you’ll probably accumulate a ton of stuff, you’ll never use. Chuck everything out that you don’t need or donate it to your local school. You’ll feel a lot better for it.

#3 Take stock and be ruthless

Ask yourself what you need to store and think about the types of zones or areas do you need to create. A useful tip is to group your stuff into similar piles to store together. For example, craft supplies by type, fabric, and sewing, etc.

#4 Create work zones

Create work zones within the room dedicating one zone for each project. That way you’ll be able to leave them all set up on your workbench as I move through the steps. Sometimes, when you experience a creativity block on one project, moving to another one might free up the creative flow.

#5  Get what you need

Don’t skimp on organization tools like cupboards, bins and drawers. You’ll be surprised how good it makes you feel to be organized and how productive you’ll actually become.

#6 Put things away

My favorite organizers for my craft room are relatively inexpensive and easy to get. The problem is making sure you use them! I use cube organizers to create my work desk and to store fabrics.

#7 Have a chance of scenery

Sometimes, working somewhere else is great, such as moving to the dining room table for a change, or setting up a spare table in the garden can be good for the soul.

7 Tips On How To Organize Your Home For A Clearer Mind

We’re all so busy these days. There’s so much to do and so little time to do it all. Especially if you have kids (honestly, it was such a shock going from not having kids to being a mom!) . If you’re finding it difficult to find the time to pursue your artistic passions, you need to sit back and think about why. We all have the same number of hours in the day, it’s just that some of us a better at organizing our time than others.

Believe me, I’m the worse when it comes to time organization but I’ve learnt that you do need to pay attention to this area of your life. Here are some of my tips on how I got organized and was able to free up my time to pursue my artistic passions.

#1 Technology is your friend

Don’t be afraid of trying new technologies that can save you time, especially if the item can be used to do chores that you dislike or find a waste of your precious hours. You don’t need to be a techno whizz to take advantage though. Yes, you can buy lots of new and shiny things like a Google Smart Speaker or a fridge that has more computing power that the first computer you ever had but you may not need that. There’s a ton of smart home devices you can use these days. But if you’re a techno klutz like I am, think about the simple things that take up your time. Do you spend hours vacuuming the house? There are new robotic vacuums now that will do the job for you. Do you have a pool that needs cleaning? How about investing in an automatic pool cleaner (take a tip: the best pool cleaner is one that can do the job without you having to lift a finer!). Using technology to work for you will enable you to spend more time on the things you love doing.

#2 Spring cleaning day

Put aside one day a month to spring clean your home, living and work spaces. You’d be surprised at how your stuff can pile up and your home can very quickly become untidy. Same with your work room or work space. Keeping on top of things is so important as once things get out of hand, you’ll feel overwhelmed and demotivated to do anything.

#3 Spring cleaning month

Besides a regular monthly cleaning, I try and allocate a whole month to getting my home (and self) in order. I usually find that December is a great month to do it. I start with a big spring clean of my wardrobe where I fold and put away any clothes I haven’t worn for a year. After a year, if I find that I haven’t used them again I take them to the charity bin! Then, I go through all my drawers and cupboards and organize  things ruthlessly. I feel so much better after doing that. It’s such great therapy.

#4 Keep a notebook of everything you need to do

If you’re like me and keep forgetting what needs to be done. It’s a great idea to keep a notebook by your bedside and write down all your thoughts. That way, you get everything that’s worrying you out of your mind. It’s also a great habit to get into when you travel, as creative ideas can occur randomly.

#5 Do what you don’t want to do first

It’s so easy to procrastinate and leave the undesirable tasks till last. Then, they often don’t get done. Make it a habit to do them first, that way, you can reward yourself for doing the things you hate with the things you love!

Why Kids Photography is One of my Favorite Pastimes

Photography is one of my favorite artistic disciplines. We cling to memories forever with a photograph. Just as much as people love pictures, I love taking them even more. I especially love kids photography as it kills two birds with one stone. It’s a bit like scrap booking only better.

Everyone can be a photographer, whether it’s a mother who takes images at each of her kid’s moments in life, or perhaps it is the father who never forgets his camera for a football or basketball game. Or maybe it’s the young woman who loves nature hikes with her camera.

Photography is a people’s art

One thing’s for sure; photography is an art of the people. All of them have an eye for those special moments and that they all love the camera capacity to capture that moment and freeze it in time forever.

Once you get into photography, it can be expensive, (yes it’s more expensive than most crafts) and freelance photography is one way to make your hobby pay. Photography can be your primary career or it may begin as something you do in your free time, but start making money from it and you won’t look back.

The freedom of photography

It’s just like freelance writing and it can give you the freedom to work for themselves on their own time and make money doing something that they love doing anyway. And if you get good it could help fund your travels.

To begin getting jobs as a freelance photographer, you will need a portfolio. Even if you’ve never had photographs published or publicly exhibited, you should compile a portfolio of your very best work and after that add to it if that you win photography contests or begin receiving paid work.

As we mentioned, building a portfolio is the initial step in submitting your work for pay, but once it comes right down to it, it is the quality of the photograph which will determine if that you get paid for it.

Kids photography

kids photography

Some people have more of a natural talent for taking good images than others, but it’s a skill that everyone can learn. There are schools devoted to the art of photography and that you may also get a degree in it. Try your local community center or community college or look online. If you have kids, they can be challenging and fulfilling subjects to photograph. Kids photography is a great way for the family to bond and for you to do something worthwhile at the same time.

Some cities have photography groups that meet to share pictures and tips. There are also many groups on Facebook that are devoted to photography and freelance photography. You need to study the works of as many famous photographs as possible. Have a look at what’s getting published.

Of course, if you don’t want to take it that seriously, just start up an Instagram account and load your photos there. Focus on building a following and who knows what might happen!

London Attractions for Artistic People

Looking for the best art gallery city? Well, you can’t go wrong with London. If you are a first-time visitor or you are undecided on how to spend your time in London, these ideas might help provide inspiration and help you save money.

What to see in London for free

There are lots of places to see in London that are free or might cost only a few pounds, but for a few unmissable sights such as the Tower of London, you’ll have to stretch your spending budget a little further.

Central London is a must see – Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and also the London Eye are possible to visit through a morning’s walk.

Of course, if you want to tour Westminster Abbey, go to Buckingham Palace or get on the London Eye, you’ll have to allocate more time and money.

London’s museums

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Most of London’s best museums are free to visit, but because of the large number of displays, it is not possible to see everything in one visit.

Invest some time at the British Museum and check out the Museum of London. The dinosaur displays, complete with lifetime sized roaring T- Rex, at the Natural History Museum, is impressive too. But if you’re passionately artistic, then make sure to allocate a large chunk of time to see the world’s best museum of decorative arts, the Victoria and also Albert Museum.

Every one of those London Museums are free to enter. The great news is that these only scratch the surface of the ocean of free museums in London.

London Galleries

Did you know? You can see over 2, 300 masterpieces at no cost at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square and also at the nearby, National Portrait Gallery you can explore over 160, 000 portraits from the 16th century to the present day.

A fantastic assortment of International modern and modern artwork can be seen at Tate Modern, Bankside, London while Tate Britain, Millbank, London houses British art from 1500 to the present day. There are many more galleries to visit in London, and several won’t charge you to enter.

Whenever you tire of walking around London and would like a break, London has many lovely parks such as Regent’s Park, where you might get inspired to create your own artistry.

The Death of Traditional Crafts

They say women are the backbone of the arts and crafts movements. Well, most of my friends who are good at crafts are indeed women although I have lots of artistic friends who are men.

Arts and crafts exist anywhere, from the Americas to the Pacific and everywhere in between. India is well-known for their wide range of cultural exhibits. European art began to show the impact of the expanding culture in the 19th century.

Changing traditional art and craft forms

traditional crafts

Traditional art forms are changing due to technology, which has evolved in recent years. But “art” is still considered activities that involve some type of ability, or even a dedication to a certain object and heritage.

Although every culture on earth has a different idea of heritage, there’s a universal recognition of the meaning of art and crafts.

Are traditional crafts dead?

Traditional crafts were often passed down from mother to daughter. In the past, when men were considered the breadwinners, women would bury themselves in learning crafts and producing art.

How times have changed. These days, more women than ever are pursuing careers in a wide range of disciplines. So, the time to focus on artistic endeavors has greatly diminished.

While the development of traditional crafts might be under threat, I think there are lots of women (and men) who are still passionate about continuing the legacy of their forebears.

Digital Scrapbook Christmas Wallpaper

In recent times, digital scrapbooking has become quite a trend.  With new scanners, desktops publishing and other digital imaging technologies, it’s no wonder digital scrapbooking is gaining popularity. Traditional scrapbooking can be a rewarding craft but the downside is it can be expensive and time consuming.  If you choose the traditional scrapbooking method, there’s so much to learn , from heat embossing to layering  to choosing a die cutting machine.  If you don’t have the time or inclination to learn about the various traditional scrapbooking techniques then digital scrapbooking might be just the hobby for you!

Christmas may have come and gone but next Christmas will come around very quickly.  Here’s a neat project to try for when you have some spare time. Digital scrapbook Christmas wallpapers offer a simple way to help keep your vacation memories, whether you’re making one design for your own Christmas album or intending to send copies of your electronic scrapbook to family and friends.

Scrapbook patterns for Christmas

Downloadable collections of patterned papers such as these take the stress from scrapbooking by supplying you with numerous distinct options that may easily be combined and matched to make a distinctive look.

You need to utilize multiple wallpapers on the same scrapbook layout by linking them together to make a grid creation, or by layering different wallpapers to create a decorative mat for your focus photograph.

Since Christmas is among the post popular topics for scrapbookers of all ability levels, many gifted electronic designers have chosen to distribute free newspapers, embellishments, and page kits with this particular theme.

Free Digital Scrapbooking

Free Digital Scrapbooking provides an assortment of downloadable desktop papers that you enjoy. This kit contains background documents, ribbon bows, brads, Christmas tree clip art, members and a word artwork title. Computer Scrapbook provides papers and antiques from its Winter Jubilee and Noel topics.

Remember, a lot of the websites offering free Christmas digital scrapbooking materials also have additional pages and embellishments you can purchase.

If you find free digital scrapbook wallpapers which you love, consider incorporating your favored graphics to other elements of your vacation decor.