Reflection, Reorganising and Redirecting mypapercraftjourney

LONG WORDY POST AHEAD, read on for some stamping reflection….

When deciding on a blog name all those years ago, I had no idea how apt calling this little hobby a ‘journey’ would be.  From the instant love of stamping at that very first class to the elation of having customers and sharing at workshops, to starting classes with fabulous regulars, to building a following on my blog, to being asked to join design teams, to being selected to share at Stampin’ Up! events, to building a team of wonderful ladies that are some of my closest friends….

So much wonderful!  I’ve achieved things I worked hard for, had success in areas start as pure ambition and notched up some things that I didn’t even know were going to be goals on mine.  And although I don’t think it’s time to climb to the other side of the mountain, it’s definitely time to travel different path for a while.  Some parts of stamping that had previously motivated me, just don’t hold the same power anymore.

Last year we added baby #3 to our little family, and for the most part, this has been the catalyst for some reflection on where stamping fits into my life and what parts of this hobby are the most meaningful to me.  One of the most frequent comments I’ve had from people is ‘I don’t know how you do it all’.  And the truth is, looking back, I’m not entirely sure.  I managed well by stamping once the kids were in bed and at the peak of the adventure over the past couple of years, the kids were at an age where they needed more supervision than hands on parenting, so I could sneak some crafting here and there.  But that pace hasn’t been sustainable since Little Master Papercraft joined us.  I’ve become even more time poor than I was previously and I found myself questioning if the energy I was putting into Stampin’ Up! was giving me what I needed from this glorious hobby.

The signs all seemed to be pointing towards simplifying what I was doing – or risk getting to a point of burnout where stamping didn’t bring me joy anymore.  So, I once again put my blog on sleep mode and took some time away from the pressures, demands and deadlines of running an active blog.  I thought I’d use this time to ‘stamp for fun’ but the reality was that I just needed that time away and I barely did any stamping.

The next part of the reflection was hard – I needed to work out what elements of stamping activities could be downgraded, simplified or simply let go.  As always with these types of decisions, it took me a long time to work that out, but once I did, it felt right (even if parting ways with some of my commitments is also incredibly sad).  I’ve resigned from two of the design teams I was part of – CASEing the Catty and Colour INKspiration.  My plan is to focus my attentions as a design team member for Just Add Ink, join in with Stamp Review Crew when I have the stamp set and blog with my Paper Adventures team each month.  Everything else will be a bonus and inspired by the love of stamping, not the next hop on a list.

With less design team commitments, my blog won’t be nearly as active as in previous years – and I’m ok with that.  I still want to share what inspires me (and challenge blogging seems to bring out the best in my creativity), but I don’t want it to be a race or a pressure within my week.  Less blogging also means the need for less variety within my craft stash, which will cause me to look at the catalogue in a completely different way.  I’m excited by a fresh approach to deciding what’s in my collection!

I’ve always really enjoyed hosting stamping classes – and I want them to stay in a format that suits me.  It’s a great social experience and a wonderful feeling to share the design & creation part of stamping with others.  I stopped running classes during 2018, but have picked them back up this year – carrying on from what I used to do.  One of the main challenges for me is time & scheduling.  The every changing demands of a young and active family, mean I can’t commit to anything regular or predictable without feeling the weight of expectation.  So, I’m taking the pressure off setting boundaries around how my classes look or setting a frequency and I’m now offering “Social Stamping”.  This will be a pop up class at a point that I am able to fit it into my family commitments.  I will advertise them on my blog and on my Facebook page and they will continue to be held from my home in Dalyellup (Bunbury).  The emphasis on these classes will be to ‘get together’ – share a drink, have a laugh and do a little stamping on the side.  If this sounds like your ‘cup of tea’, make sure to follow me on the blog or Facebook so you don’t miss the details.

One of my favourite quotes is ‘the only constant is change’ and although some of these decisions were hard, doing something because that’s the way it’s always been done is a bad idea!!!

I’m going to try this direction for a while, but I know that more change is inevitable and I’m excited for what the journey ahead holds!

I’ll leave you with a photo that shares the catalyst for change – Team Kent seeking more time & space for these precious family moments.

Team Kent | kelly kent

18 thoughts on “Reflection, Reorganising and Redirecting mypapercraftjourney

  1. Kelly. Great decisions. Family and your health must come first. You will rekindle your love of stamping once you take care of the other things.
    Whatever you do, you will do well, that’s just who you are and what you are about.
    All the best

  2. You are so right: you and family comes first. You’re on top of the pyramide and when you are feeling good you can provide the others, family, friends, work. Its hard but whatever feels good for you is great! You thought this over well. So lets go on with this journey with less luggage xxx

  3. WOW!!! Kelly!!! I feel like I am reading my own story… I am creating for all the wrong reasons atm.
    You do whatever makes your heart sing sweetheart and those babies of yours n hubby’s sure are cute and I am sure they make you sing and scream at different times…Go forth and create when you want to create and for what reason you want to create…I look forward to the next chapter in your papercraftjourney. Cheers Shaz

  4. My best wishes Kelly for your next chapter, as has been said your family is only this age once, you need to spend the time with them all and stamp when you are able. You are an amazing designer and I look forward to following your journey from the other side of Aus.

  5. Well done Kelly, your wonderful family comes first. At the moment there will be time for the rest later on . You are so talented , do what you love .

  6. You are a wise woman! You made great decisions for yourself and your family. While I am in the USA and won’t be affected by some of your local decisions, I will continue to look forward to your posts whenever they are there. Go enjoy your life with such a beautiful family. God bless!

  7. Family ALWAYS comes first! Have fun with your family, take lots of pictures, start scrapbooks and do things with them!

    Card making will always be there. When you get to be my age, 68, you look back on your life and try to make sense of things. When the kids go off to college or are out on their own, card making will be there.

    And thank you for those new words that you wrote. Some of them apply to me as well. It seems like a chore sometimes to make cards. And the money I have spent over the last few years, all I can say is YIKES! I have enough DSP to go around the world 3times, stamp sets that I have never used and embellishments that fill jars and jars.

    Time to cut back drastically, and rethink my card making. Yes, I have all the time in the world, but there’s not much of it left. Time to do more things with the money that I will be saving.

    I, too, live in the US- Colorado, where winters are long.

    Give your kids a hug from me. Always be there.time is shorter than you think.

  8. God bless you and your dear family, Kelly. Setting and following your priorities is a wise way to stay happy, content, and satisfied. I love your stamping activity, and I hope your creativity flows steadily and productively for you.

  9. Oh my! I am so so relieved. I was really afraid you would quit entirely after having a month off. I enjoy your posts and really appreciate the time and effort it takes to share the other tools that make our card making easier like the inserts, etc. I think you are a very talented and wise young lady to recognize what is important to you and make decisions that support that. I wish you everything that brings joy into your life and therefore to everyone around you and those you inspire from far far away. I am 80 years old and know the importance of always family first and look at you leaning that so early in your life. Bless you as you bless us.

  10. Kelly,
    Your family is beautiful! I don’t blame you a bit for wanting more time with them. However, I am very glad you are not giving up stamping completely. I’ve alway enjoyed your beautiful creations and would miss them very much. Enjoy and relax.

  11. Good for you!! Bravo 👏🏻 👏🏻👏🏻 I’m glad you’re still going to be around when you have time.. I’ve always enjoyed your projects and creativity. May the Lord bless your family 😊

  12. Kelly, you are amazing. You have always been a true inspiration to me. I am so happy that Stampin’ Up! brought us together. I know hands down how difficult it is being a mum to three busy kids, a taxi, a wife and everything else in between. I always treasure our classes together doing what we love.
    I really value our friendship even though we are both so busy! Thank you for everything you do for us. Mandy xxx

  13. Good call Kelly, the famous saying “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” comes to mind. There are only so many hours in a day and many wonderful things to try and fit in! Lisa x

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