This is Dai from the Sizzix blog team and today I have a very special blog for you. I've interviewed one of our Sizzix family members, Janette, who has a fantastic job in the Sizzix Art Department where she gets to make projects all day. Aside from helping us at Sizzix, Janette makes for her self on her own time. This creative and extraordinary gal is busy! She has a YouTube channel, a blog and an Instagram. She agreed to let me interview her and she tells me that the maker struggle is very real.
Janette gave me five different struggles she copes with as a maker.
Struggles In Stamping
Janette explains that stamping is close to defusing a bomb. Because your stamp comes at the end of a project, it can really blow if you stamp something crooked or just wrong. Ain't nobody got time to make a new project. Janette often says that when she's really pressed for time she prefers to use our Inksheets as they are the no mess alternative to ink pads and give you a more accurate print. Janette also mentioned that she likes the look of inksheets with an embossing folder, and if you're excited to see what that looks like, you can find our tutorial here.
What do you do when you have leftover fabric, paper or your choice of medium? Hoard it? Yep. Janette confessed that she does, and being a maker myself, I agreed with her. I feel like we all have a little black box of scraps somewhere just waiting to be used. Every now and then I look through my box, because it has been so long since I last checked that I forget what scraps I have lying around, and every time I look I get inspired to make something but I want new products to do it. Needless to say makers, the struggle is real.
Janette brought up the fact that she has a stash very few people know about and it's a struggle for space reasons. If you don't have a hidden stash of maker things, you're probably still building your stash, god bless you. Those were the good old days when no one would ask if I had enough fabrics, or why I was going to the craft store again. Those days were full of possibilities. And not to add more struggle to the realness of things, but with our new Paper Pads- I'm pretty sure my own personal stash is going to need its own house. Like I often tell my fiance, I don't need to get rid things, I need a bigger making space. #problemsolved
Kind Of A Lonely Thing
Making is the best, we makers know this. In fact, making should be something the doctors prescribe. Feeling bad? Make. Husband found out about your secret stash? Make. Making just fits in with our daily lives. Sometimes even while at work we start thinking about all the things we want to make when we get home, but making can be kind of a solo lifestyle. As Janette explains it, even though she considers herself to have the best job ever, she does point out the 90% of the time she's making something, it is on her own. Her friends aren't the maker type and so she rarely makes projects with others. Janette says that she has gone to maker groups before and she has always found herself loving the experience. It's weird to think that something so social like making, can be really lonely in reality. Definitely get out there and make...with friends!
Of course the last confession would be expense, and it should come as no surprise. As a maker myself there are times I've come home and tried to macgyver my way into the house without my fiance knowing what I bought. I've been pretty clever and sometimes I'll hide things with groceries, or transfer from all the bags to one to make it seem like I only bought one bag's worth of things to make. When I told Janette this story she too confessed she was guilty of hiding some of her shopping trips and together we shared a good knowing laugh. #guilty
What about you makers? What are some of your struggles? Do you find yourself hiding your stash sometimes?