Stalled and Figuring Out How to Escape


I am stalled on my holiday cards, which is a real shame because I have bits & pieces of works-in-progress scattered all over my desk and the dining table. It’s driving me nuts! So tonight I realized what I need to do is blog about it to help figure out WHY exactly I am stalled and HOW in the heck I’m going to get out of this. I want to do some other things, but I am disciplined enough to not start any other projects while these are unfinished (also, I would have nowhere to put new materials!), but I find myself avoiding the situation instead of buckling down and getting them done.

Why is that, I finally asked myself this afternoon? I was hoping that this year I’d be more efficient with my holiday card-making (the only time of the year I ever make cards), but it is turning into a slog. Part of the problem is having to create materials from scratch. Some of the cards use die-cuts (store-bought) of Tim Holtz’ grungeboard, but often only one of an item comes in the package, so if I want, say, three of something, I either have to buy another whole package to get one element (NOT an option), or I have to use the punched-out piece as a stencil, trace the shape on a new piece of grungeboard, and then cut it out. That’s not fun, I don’t like doing it, and that’s a large part of what I’m avoiding.

So, in the future, what I need to understand is that I am simply not going to make multiples of something if I have to do that. I thought making just a couple extra wouldn’t be a big deal, but it turns out it is. At least now I recognize that and can apply to future holiday seasons.

I also need to have giant inking sessions. It’s a pain in the neck to get everything out & put it back all the time, plus it takes forever to scrub the ink off my fingers. I’d rather do it all at once, because I do like doing it, just not the cleaning up so many times.

Good, that’s two big things dealt with. Now I need a plan to prod myself back into action and wrap this stuff up by next weekend. I think it’s doable, but it will take some work on my part. Maybe an incentive as to what I can do when I’m finished would be a good idea? Not a bad thought, I believe. Will have to ponder what it could be. . . .

About Elizabeth Ann's Studio

Artist. Musician. Mother. Wife. Me.
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One Response to Stalled and Figuring Out How to Escape

  1. Kristin says:

    Hi there!Thank you so much for your visit and sweet comment! Your blog is wonderful and I so admire your dedication to making all of your Christmas cards! I know that they will come together and that yours will probably be the only ones that don't get thrown away after the holidays. Looking forward to more as I am now a follower, Kristin xo

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