If you are a busy Mum trying to get the balance right between family and work responsibilities, the chances are there’s not much time left over for hobbies. Many women struggle to find a window of opportunity for down time and relaxation. After ferrying the kids around, cooking meals, cleaning house and working a full time job – no matter how much support you get from your partner or the kids – you’re going to feel frazzled at the end of a week.
That’s why it’s even more important to make sure you grab some ‘me time’ when you can unwind doing things you enjoy. Many women feel an irrational guilt doing hobbies if they don’t have an inherent use to them – bird watching, parachute jumping, archery – they are all fun to do. But useful? Hmmm.
If you are one of those people who won’t take up a hobby unless they feel it has some kind of knock-on benefit into your busy life, I have the perfect suggestion. Card making.
Card making has been quite a thing in the USA for some time and in recent years the buzz has spread to the UK. The days of knocking up a birthday card for someone out of a bit of old cardboard and some glitter have long gone. Card making has become a slick, creative and absorbing hobby and the results of all the new card making supplies, tools and equipment available mean you can create the most impressive cards at home on the kitchen table. The huge range of pretty papers, cards and foils means that you are totally free to come up with any design you want. Textured papers, stamps, stencils and tools for cutting card into all sorts of different shapes open up the possibilities.
Remember how difficult it is keeping up with family birthdays? Reminding yourself to purchase greetings cards throughout the year can be hard to do, but if you can make the card yourself, you will always have the perfect solution at hand. Think of all the money you spend each year on greeting cards – whether it’s birthdays, Valentines, anniversaries or Thank-you cards, Christmas and Easter – they really stack up. Other cards such as sympathy cards, invitations and mothers and fathers day cards all combine to make your annual greeting card bill pretty considerable.
Imagine how much better it would be if you made a personal, bespoke card for each occasion. Not only would it be greatly appreciated by the recipient, you would gain satisfaction and creative fulfilment producing the card from scratch.
So how do you get started on a card making hobby? The best thing to do is to go online and check out the many informative and instructional videos on Youtube. You will be able to see the scope and range of ideas out there and should be inspired to purchase card making supplies to help you begin straight away.
It won’t take long before you are on top of all the techniques and special tricks that turn contemporary card making into a slick and professional looking hobby. Soon friends and family will be asking you to make them cards for special occasions. Making wedding or party invitations can be really effective using card making techniques and your hobby could even start generating extra money on the side. Attending craft fairs and markets to sell your cards is not only fun but can be profitable. Tell the people at work about your new hobby – soon you’ll be receiving orders for cards that celebrate retirement, promotion, engagement or a new baby.
So if you think you can’t justify the time or money you’d need to devote to a new hobby, you’re wrong. You just haven’t found the right hobby yet. Card making has a very practical application and will make the card buying and organisational side of your life much easier. You will be able to create far more beautiful and luxurious cards for the same amount a normal, cheap supermarket card would cost. Indulging your creative streak will be relaxing and enjoyable, helping you to de-stress after a busy week.
Everybody deserves a little light relief and if you want a hobby that’s fun and useful at the same time, think about card making. A handy hobby that saves you time and money – card making is the perfect solution!