Craft Outfitting™

Have you ever stood in front of all your craft supplies and had NO IDEA where to start? Are you brand new to cardmaking, art journaling, scrapbooking or mixed media art and feel overwhelmed? Or are you the person who has been more of a “collector of supplies” than an actual artist over the years?

Craft Outfitting™ can help you transfer awesome projects out of your mind and onto the paper or surface, even when you don’t know where to start. Craft Outfitting™ helps you create “that look” you see in craft magazines and online, but still leaves room for your own creativity and design. And best of all, there are no kits to purchase or supplies to have shipped — Craft Outfitting™ uses YOUR OWN SUPPLIES!

With Craft Outfitting™, you will simultaneously give your mind a creative rest AND a creative recharge. How is this possible? Use your personal craft stash as your “closet”. Then, based on the “outfit” you choose, select a few pieces of cardstock and a few tools and follow a series of step-by-step instructions. In a few hours, you will have completed SEVERAL SCRAPBOOK PAGES and SEVERAL A2-SIZED GREETING CARDS all IN ONE SITTING! FREE SAMPLE PATTERN at the end of this page! Keep reading!

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Craft Outfitting™ can help you transfer awesome projects out of your mind and onto the paper or surface. Have you ever had trouble getting started, even if you KNOW what you want to do? You stand in front of your craft table, and even with all the tools and supplies you need, sometimes you STILL can’t get into the groove. Why? Most likely, if you experience a “crafting block”, it’s because there’s a kind of “argument” between what you WANT to accomplish at your craft table and what your mind is saying at that moment. Some people might say, “Oh, I guess I’m just not in the MOOD to make anything.” But if you are an artist and a papercrafter, you are almost ALWAYS in the “mood” to make something. So, what’s the problem? How do we get through a crafting block?

The secret is that you already know the solution. Let’s look at another instance when we sometimes experience a “block”, but ALWAYS get through it and get moving–the instance of getting dressed. Every day, we dress for a variety of occasions, circumstances and MOODS. You might experience a “block” in front of your closet, but eventually you make a choice and get moving. How do you end up making a final decision on what to wear? You listen to what your MIND IS SAYING. After hours of deliberating in front of your clothes, you eventually come to some kind of conclusion:
“Well, I KNOW THIS fits.”
“It’s freezing out, and I’m DETERMINED to stay warm.”
“I’ll roast if I don’t wear something to keep me cool.”
“No matter what, I’m wearing these new shoes today.”
“I HAVE to wear something dressy.”
“Everyone gives me compliments when I wear this.”
“This is the only thing I have that is appropriate for the occasion.”
“I’m working my entire outfit around these black pants.”So, even though we might rummage through everything we own, we very rarely give up on getting dressed. We listen to what our mind is saying, we make a decision and we get moving.
Let’s look at some examples. What is your MIND saying when you are dressed in different clothing? Here are a few suggestions:

WHAT I’M WEARING: sweats/cozy pants and a favorite comfy shirt
WHAT MY MIND SAID: “Nobody will see me, and I don’t care.”

WHAT I’M WEARING: Sunday best
WHAT MY MIND SAID: “Mind my manners and remember what I’ve been taught.”

WHAT I’M WEARING: job interview outfit
WHAT MY MIND SAID: “Make the best impression.”

325 x 325WHAT I’M WEARING: dressed for a busy day
WHAT MY MIND SAID: “Today, I’m getting some things done.”

WHAT I’M WEARING: date night/party night outfit
WHAT MY MIND SAID: “This looks pretty good, and it’s okay to be a little flirty.”

WHAT I’M WEARING: workout clothes
WHAT MY MIND SAID: “I’m doing something good for me and my future.”

WHAT I’M WEARING: dressed for hanging out with my closest people doing what we love to do most
WHAT MY MIND SAID: “I’m looking forward to this! This is going to be great!”


WHAT I’M WEARING: dressed for extreme weather
WHAT MY MIND SAID: “I refuse to be uncomfortable.”

WHAT I’M WEARING: fancy underwear
WHAT MY MIND SAID: “No rules. I can do whatever I want.”

WHAT I’M WEARING: fancy jewelry
WHAT MY MIND SAID: “Here I come. I feel like royalty.”

Regardless of what clothes you are wearing when you reach your craft table, your mind is still talking. Craft Outfitting™ is simply listening to what your mind is saying, making a decision and getting started — except with art and papercrafts instead of a closet full of clothes. If you ignore what your mind is saying, you will probably find yourself in a “crafting block”, stuck with getting started.

Let’s look at the same examples from earlier. THIS TIME, however, let’s think about art and papercrafts. What projects or specific techniques best fit what your mind is saying? Here are some suggestions:

WHAT MY MIND IS SAYING: “Nobody will see me, and I don’t care.” (sweats/cozy pants and a favorite comfy shirt)
WHAT THIS MIND WANTS TO MAKE: something experimental. This is the time to make the “what-if” questions you think about but never get around to trying:
“I’ve been wondering how it would look if I put all these random patterned papers together in one layout. Let me see what it looks like.”
“I want to see for myself what it looks like if I stamp on this paper or THIS paper.”
“I bet I can use that ink on this surface.”
“I’ve never tried mixed media, but oh, well. Here goes!”
“I bet I could use these old scraps in my die cut machine.”
“I’ve been wanting to do something with this old glass jar. I’ll start with a coat of gesso and go from there.”
“I’ve had this product forever and still never opened it. NOW is the perfect time to open it and try it out.”

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WHAT MY MIND IS SAYING: “Mind my manners and remember what I’ve been taught.” (Sunday best)
WHAT THIS MIND WANTS TO MAKE: Make something that feels “correct”, or make a “replica” of something. This is the time to follow a model of some kind, like using a scrapbook page “recipe” as a guide, making a project while following along with a YouTube video, magazine article or idea book, or making a new project using a technique you already know and already do well.

WHAT MY MIND SAID: “Make the best impression.” (job interview outfit)
WHAT THIS MIND WANTS TO MAKE: Make something that shows what you are capable of, or something that will be seen and maybe displayed. This is the time to work on gift projects or albums, holdiday greeting cards, canvas art or submissions for magazines or design teams.

WHAT MY MIND SAID: “Today, I’m getting some things done.” (dressed for a busy day)
WHAT THIS MIND WANTS TO MAKE: You are most likely in the mood to do one of two things–either get organized or make a project that has some sort of deadline. Stand in your craft area and say to yourself (honestly), “before I do anything else I am going to ___.” However you filled in that blank is what you should do. You are in the mood to be productive, so turn off your phone, SET A TIMER and don’t do anything else EXCEPT what you have determined to do for that hour (or however long you set your timer). SUGGESTIONS:
Clean your workspace;
Toss old paper scraps and things you are “saving” for later projects (which have turned into clutter);
Pull out pre-made kits and stay focused on working on JUST THAT KIT for an hour or so;
Cut and fold card multiple card bases and locate/make matching envelopes;
Stamp, color and cut multiple images to use later on mass-production projects (like holiday cards or birthday cards).

WHAT MY MIND SAID: “This looks pretty good, and it’s okay to be a little flirty.” (date night/party night outfit)
WHAT THIS MIND WANTS TO MAKE: This is a great time to grab a pile of scraps and make something with them. This also is the perfect mood to be in to make your own papercraft “recipe kits” for later use. Your mind is in the mood to be just a little bit daring, but still appreciate the functionality of projects, a mindset PERFECT for creating your own kits or using up scraps. Or, if you have unfinished projects, this is the prime time to take a fresh look at them, adding accents and being determined to finish at least one.

WHAT MY MIND SAID: “I’m doing something good for me and my future.” (workout clothes)
WHAT THIS MIND WANTS TO MAKE: Make something that leaves a legacy–a heritage/tribute scrapbook album, baby or kids’ album, graduation album, sentimental art piece, or keepsake invitations or announcements. Grab your acid-free adhesive and archival quality products and don’t overlook the things that make legacy projects special, like using your own handwriting and including specific journaling. Also, don’t be tempted to over-crop photos, as some of the details in the background (like furniture, landmarks, etc.) may be memorable in years to come.

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WHAT MY MIND SAID: “I’m looking forward to this! This is going to be great!” (dressed for hanging out with my closest people doing what we love to do most)
WHAT THIS MIND WANTS TO MAKE: You most likely have either a specific project in mind that you are excited to make or you have a specific product in mind that you are excited to use. Or, you might be exited about attending an overnight crop or stamp/scrapbook convention, where you get to browse around, shop the vendors and try your hand at make-and-takes. This mindset is part of the excitement of a “make-and-take” mentality. So even if you are crafting at home at your dining room table, just dive right in to the part of the project you are looking forward to. Don’t do a lot of prep work; just START. Think “make-and-take”, and hold onto that mentality as you create.WHAT MY MIND SAID: “I refuse to be uncomfortable.” (dressed for extreme weather)
WHAT THIS MIND WANTS TO MAKE: Make your go-to craft, something that you have made a hundred times before and can do without even thinking about it. Or maybe use a product you use so often, it is a no-brainer on almost everything you make. This is NOT the time to try something new or open a new product. This, however, would be a good time to make mass-production crafts, like holdiday greeting cards, thank you cards or invitations. Or make mass-production embellishments, using your favorite technique. Don’t be so concerned about finishing what you start; this mindset just wants to stay in a comfort zone.

WHAT MY MIND SAID: “No rules. I can do whatever I want.” (fancy underwear)
WHAT THIS MIND WANTS TO MAKE: ANYTHING outside your comfort zone! The absolute BEST thing to do when you are in this mindset is to turn off your phone and set a timer for yourself to tell you when to stop crafting and clean up. In the meantime, while that timer is running, just let loose and make a crafty mess! Forget about time completely and do whatever you want! Jump from project to project or make something from start to finish instead. Try brand new products, or spread all your cardstock out all over the floor and sort by color if you want! If you are feeling the “no rules” mindset, don’t let ANYTHING interrupt your time! Time-interrupters will quench this fire QUICKLY and leave you feeling stifled and frustrated. So let loose and have fun!

WHAT MY MIND SAID: “Here I come. I feel like royalty.” (fancy jewelry)
WHAT THIS MIND WANTS TO MAKE: Make something using the products you have been “saving”. NOW is the time to pull out those things that you STILL may never have opened, things that you think, “oh, I almost don’t even want to USE it because I love it so much.” But if this is the mood you are in, you should use it NOW. Your mood is saying that you DESERVE to own that product, that what you make carries a lot of WORTH. This is not necessarily the time to make a complete project from start-to-finish, but it IS the time to at least make part of a project, using something you LOVE. Even if you use up the entire sheet of stickers, the entire bottle of spray ink or every metal embellishment or paper flower in the pack (and EVEN IF THE PRODUCT IS DISCONTINUED), USE IT. It’s why you have it.

Basically, think of Craft Outfitting™ as the easy solution to the everyday “crafter’s block”. It’s much like choosing an outfit. Imagine choosing a few pieces of your favorite clothing, and someone else arranges those pieces into 2 weeks’ worth of amazing, ready-to-wear outfits. Choose a few more pieces, and someone else arranges 2 more weeks’ worth of outfits. You stay in control of your own style, but you let someone else do the arrangement.

How is Craft Outfitting™ different from a layout sketch or challenge? First of all, a layout sketch always begins with the sketch, the picture of the end result. Craft Outfitting™ always starts with the materials, the papers you are in the mood to work with. Secondly, with a layout sketch, you pull papers and supplies and end up with one project. With Craft Outfitting™, you pull papers and supplies and end up with several projects! Finally, a layout sketch requires you to try to figure out as you go how to achieve the end result, but with Craft Outfitting™, you just follow the instructions and almost like magic, the projects appear! Then you can really use your creativity to make those projects fit YOUR occasion!

DOWNLOAD A FREE PRINTER-FRIENDLY Craft Outfitting™ PRINTABLE PATTERN A.1 HERE: Craft.Outfitting.FREE SAMPLE PATTERN.A.1.print.friendly.version

Watch the COMPANION ONLINE VIDEO TUTORIAL for FREE SAMPLE Craft Outfitting™ Pattern A.1 HERE: Craft Outfitting™ by Sandpaper Road – FREE SAMPLE PATTERN & full tutorial

Craft Outfitting™ PRINTABLE PATTERN A.1 with over 50 full-color photos available for purchase HERE: Printable Pattern A.1. (with full-color photos)

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