Vinyl Cutting Advice: If you are an adult with a penchant for crafts and art, chances are really high that at some point in time you have struggled to make time for the things you love. Modern day lifestyle leaves us with very little room to pursue our interests.
You could be a Mom with toddlers to look after, you could be a professional with a full-time job or you could be a busy homemaker with a gazillion responsibility
In fact, you could all of them too. In any case, today we are burdened with more responsibilities compared to our golden days of the past which has left us with very little time and energy to pick up on projects.
Vinyl cutters, designs, craft and all that in between is what we live for. Okay! That might be an exaggeration but for many of us, that is simply therapy. Taking up on projects is something that makes us feel alive and they ought to remain an integral part of our lives too.
Husbands, kids, jobs, etc. are of utmost importance. But once in a while, we should make time for ourselves too.
Craft is what sets our hearts rolling. When we make time for things we love, not do we only get an instant mood lift but the feel-good factor spreads itself over other aspects of our life to help us become better mothers, wives, homemakers and better performers at workplaces too.
The common complaint among hobbyists nowadays is that they can’t seem to make time for crafting related activities. Someway or the other, there is always something that consumes up their time. Hence, we have decided to come up with a few tips which any of you can apply to find out time for your passion.
Hopefully, it will help you as well to spark alive the creator within you.
Identifying the Most Appropriate Time Slots
While nagging and complaining will get us nowhere, some smart thinking in advance, however, can take us places. I want you to sit back and reflect on your schedule for the past few weeks. What are the things that have been taking up most of your time?
What are the events in your daily life which can be eliminated? If you look back at your daily routine calmly and analyze things with detail, I am hopeful that you will be able to squeeze out some free time. It can be that time of the morning where the husband has left for work and the kids have gone to school.
It can be the time where the kids have left for piano lessons and you don’t have any household tasks to that demand immediate attention. It can be that time of the weekend too when the kids are supposed to watch a two-hour long movie while the husband is occupied with his friends.
If nothing else, it can be the time late in the night when everyone has gone to bed and you are all alone with your vinyl cutter and other required items.
The more you scrutinize your schedule, the more time slots you would be able to identify. Once you have zeroed in on a time to proceed with your project, get all your sundry tasks done. Don’t leave anything else on the line as that might disrupt your plans later on.
Make sure you start experimenting and working on your project with complete freedom so that you don’t have to leave midway to focus on some regular household task.
2. Join Facebook Groups and Forums
This is something you must do in case you have been procrastinating for a while or have been struggling to start your craft related activities lately. Interacting with like-minded hobbyists and crafters who share the same interests as you can be such a boost and inspiration at times.
Catching up with women and things they’ve been up to with their vinyl cutters will give you all the motivation you need to get going with your own projects. And that’s not all! You will get expert tips and advice over the latest design trends and products too that will not only save you bucks but also enhance your skills.
Modern day technology has opened up several platforms for all of us craft lovers to come along and we should make the best use of it.
3. Setting Up Small Achievable Goals With A Deadline
Having big goals in mind can be intimidating. If you are someone who has been away from crafting for a while then it can be a sure shot recipe for failure. A big end goal will overwhelm you, make you tired even before you have begun and ensure that you don’t grow as a crafter at all.
Thus what I would recommend is that you should ideally breakdown your end goal into smaller and more easily achievable goals. For instance, promise yourself that you’ll decide on the materials by Thursday, tweak and play around for the ideal settings on your vinyl cutter on Friday and so on.
Write down your goals on a small piece of paper and once you achieve them, put a tick mark on the paper. Achieving things is such a great psychological boost. The entire process of going step by step and acing your goals will give you the mental stamina you need to finish seemingly large projects.
Don’t forget to put a deadline though for each task. Without end dates, a goal is just a dream. Once you put forward a solid deadline, your mind will constantly keep urging you to get things done because let’s face it, none of us like to lose or let ourselves down.
4. Setting Up A Workstation
This might seem a bit too fancy and costly but trust me it is not. On top of that, the psychological benefits it provides is huge. Now if you are one of those lucky ones who have an extra room in the crib, you can put that room to good use.
Otherwise, you can dedicate a small corner of your bedroom or any other room for your love for crafting. And it doesn’t need much space either. All you need is a dedicated space for your vinyl cutter, consumables and the other supplies you need along with your laptop perhaps.
Having a place dedicated solely for such will get your creative juices flowing as soon as you enter that zone.
Moreover, once you spend a bit of money and effort to set up a workstation, you will naturally feel motivated to go back into it over and over. I would also suggest that you decorate the place up a bit with pictures of your best creations so that they can motivate you when you have your mind all crammed up.
Those were some of the tips I had to offer with hopes of helping women with varying skill levels get going with their work. I hope it serves the purpose though. Don’t just read it, follow it also! Having the best vinyl cutter in the market won’t help unless you spend time with it.