From the day I created my very first scrapbook layout I knew that it was going to be a hobby that I would love! Before the end of the week & a few layouts later, I was in love & 100% addicted to my new found hobby. By the end of the month, it was all I could talk about. I couldn’t stay out of my craft studio & I kept buying new craft supplies. I knew then that I was passionate about papercrafting & I knew that it was going to be a huge turning point in my life!
That was back in the year 2000. Since then, I’ve had an exciting journey both on a personal & professional level. Both with ups & downs. I often look back on what I have accomplished & achieved throughout the years & the mistakes I’ve made, but there is one thing I am very clear on. None of it would ever have been possible without my passion for papercrafting!
Your passion for papercrafting is important if you want to level up from hobby to business blog. It’s key for your papercraft business success! So, let’s take the first step & discover if you’re passionate about papercrafting.
Download the checklist to mark off the points that relate to you. This will give you a visual that will help you see how passionate about papercrafting you are.
What Is Passion & Why It’s Important
Passion is a very strong, powerful feeling of desire that compels you to do amazing things. It’s at the very heart of something you absolutely love to do. It gives you the enthusiasm & unlimited motivation to do it, even when you don’t feel like it. If you have a passion for something then there is a high chance that you’re very good at it.
Finding your true passion is important. It can lead you to new heights you’ve only dreamt possible. It can open your eyes to different perspectives & offer an outlook on a different scale.
Listening to your passion & letting it lead the way can bring you brand new possibilities. It can open doors to fantastic opportunities & all you need to do is be open to the ideas that come your way. Following your passion can bring out the greatest results in your life!
How To Know You’re Passionate About Something!
There are many ways to know that you’re passionate about something that you do.
- It gives you the greatest joy when you do it
- You’re good at what you do
- You keep coming back to it & you’re always thinking about it
- You want to do it as much as you can on a continual basis
- You always find time to do it & don’t need anyone else to motivate you
- You get lost in your work & time flies
- You want to discover more & learn as much as you can about it
- You work at improving your abilities so you can get better at it
- You do what’s required to enable your passion to grow
- You like to find the latest trend, product & expert that enables growth
- You spend time with people who are passionate about the same thing
- You feel like you can’t live without it & when it’s gone, you miss it!
- You daydream about ways to make money doing what you love
How To Know If You Are Passionate About Papercrafting
We all enjoy our time when sitting down at our craft table to create. We love creating our projects & seeing the end results. But does your love for papercrafting go deeper than that & does it mean more to you than you’re aware of?
Papercrafting Gives You The Greatest Joy When You Do It:
- You’re very passionate about papercrafting & the projects you create. It’s the love you have of creating your projects from beautiful, designer paper. Anything from cards, scrapbook layouts, stamping, pretty planners to gift tags. The possibilities are endless & there’s always something else that you want to create.
- Papercrafting offers you an outlet for your creativity. It excites you when you’re in touch with your creative side. It can be like a form of calming therapy that warms your heart & soothes your soul when you sit down to create. It’s exciting for you to give your life a little touch of your own creative expression.
- You love sharing your hand-made projects & often give them away as gifts to your family & friends. It gives you the greatest joy when you’re able to brighten someone else’s day with something special. Especially when it’s something handmade that you have created with love, from the heart.
You’re Good At What You Do!
Deep down you know that you’re pretty good at papercrafting & what you do. But sometimes there are other actions that confirm it for you.
- You like to share your new projects on your blog, Facebook groups & social media. Your followers give you wonderful comments filled with compliments & messages of ‘Wow’s. They love what you have created & they know you’re passionate about papercrafting. It’s there in the quality of your work!
- Other papercrafters come to you with questions on how you did this, how you did that & what supplies did you use. They often ask if you have a tutorial that they can learn from & if not, can you create one? They want you to teach them your talent & skills so that they too can do what you do.
- Your blog posts which showcase your new projects are often shared on Pinterest & other social media. Your blog pageviews increase, your followers sign up for your newsletter & return, often. They want updates & not miss out on all the new projects that you create.
You Keep Coming Back To Papercrafting & You’re Always Thinking About It
Even when you’re not creating & away from your craft room you still find things to do related to papercrafting. It’s like papercrafting has some invisible string that keeps pulling you in!
- You often think about what you’re going to create next & if there are other supplies you may need. If you’re half way through a project then you’re thinking of ways to finish it. Once you’ve completed it, then you’re wondering what you want to do with it. Will you keep it, give it as a gift to someone or will you want to sell it?
- There’s always the thought of all the new supplies you want to buy. When will you make your next order, what will you buy & how you will use them? You hear of the exciting new product release from your favourite brand & can’t wait to get your hands on them.
- It’s not always about creating, writing & sharing your passion about papercrafting. When you’re not doing any of those, you hit the browser to look for new craft ideas & inspiration. Off you go to visit other blogs, Pinterest, Instagram & Facebook to get your fix for some creative eye candy. Let’s not forget YouTube which you could spend hours watching papercraft tutorials. You may even browse through the latest papercraft magazine to get some new ideas.
- Even when you’re not doing anything related to papercrafting, you have a tendency to drift off. Thoughts of the project you need to finish, the supplies you’re going to use, the blog post that’s long overdue, the video tutorial you need to edit… & the list goes on.
There’s hardly a time that goes by where papercrafting isn’t in your thoughts. You love the papercraft world that you live in & wouldn’t dream of changing any of it.
You Want To Papercraft As Much As You Can on a Continual Basis
It’s like you’re addicted! Well, the chances are, that you are. You’re passionate about papercrafting so you want to papercraft as much as you can, whenever & wherever you can!
- You’re that passionate about papercrafting that you’re interested in more than one type. Whether it be scrapbooking, card making, stamping or Project Life etc, you can see the benefits in each one. Sometimes you hop from one to the next & when you’re not working on one, you’re working on the other.
- It’s not unusual for you to have more than one project happening at the same time. You have a scrapbook layout half completed over here & the paper scraps left from the card you’ve just finished, over there. Then there’s the papers you’ve picked out for your new project, sprawled out all over the place! If you weren’t passionate about papercrafting it would probably bother you. But you don’t care. You can multi-task & you love your creative mess.
- You belong to one or more papercraft design teams. You’ve made the commitment to produce a project for them on a regular basis. The more design teams you belong to the more projects you need to create & hand in by the challenge deadline. This works great for you as it gives you more reason to get into your craft room & create some beautiful projects.
- Every chance you get you want to create. When you head out of your craft room you feel like you want to get straight back & continue doing what you love. It’s like you’re always gravitating back in there. Leaving a project half done feels like you’ve left something behind. You know you’ll be back in there soon but you’re so keen to see the finished project that you can’t wait to get back to it.
You Always Find Time & Don’t Need Anyone To Motivate You
- You’re always enthusiastic to start a new project & to get them completed in your own time. You don’t need anyone to push you along to get them done as you’re always keen to get in your craft room. It’s not unusual for you to often wake up early in the morning or stay up late at night to work on your projects.
- Even after a hard & hectic day at work, it doesn’t deter you from creating. You’re passionate about papercrafting so as soon as you get some quiet time at home, you head to your craft room. All you want to do is sit down at your craft table to create. Papercrafting to you is a way of relaxing & allows you to have some well deserved, quality down time. It’s alone time for you, your beautiful papers & your talent.
- Sometimes your life can become a little chaotic with so many events happening all at once. You find it difficult to get some creative time & after a while, it’s like you’re craving for it. So you do your best to schedule some time into your planner for you to papercraft. It’s important for you to get some creative time & you make sure that you get it, somehow.
- You’re going on vacation for a well deserved holiday & you’re going to be away for quite a length of time. So, what do you do? You pack your bag with pre-selected papercraft supplies & take them with you. When you have some spare down time, you pull out your bag & craft till your heart’s content. Even if you’re away from home, it doesn’t mean that you can’t take your craft with you. You’re passionate about papercrafting, what else are you supposed to do?
You Get Lost In Your Work & Time Flies
- When creating your projects you’re having so much fun & enjoying yourself. You’re so engrossed & engaged in what you’re doing that time seems to pass by so much faster. It’s like the outside world slips on by without you even noticing.
- It doesn’t feel like a long time that you’ve been working on a project. It feels like you’ve not long ago sat down at your craft table. You have been so focused on what you’re doing & loving every moment that you lose all sense of time. When you do look at the time, you’re shocked that you have been creating for hours!
- It’s like your magical world seems to somehow speed up time. You start your project & what feels like a short amount of time later, you’re interrupted! Daylight is shining & peeking through your window like it’s morning already! How did that happen? One minute it’s dark, the next daylight! The question is, do you continue with your project with a cup of coffee or do you rush off to bed?
You Want To Discover, Learn More & Improve Your Papercraft Skills So You Can Become Better At It
To be successful at papercrafting you know that it’s important to always learn new things. To try new techniques & improve the skills you already have. You can see the potential & huge benefits by becoming better at what you do.
- You like trying new techniques. It can pull you out of your comfort zone & allows you to be a little more daring in your creativity. To you, every new skill is like having a brand new tool in your craft collection. You can use it to inspire new ideas & give your work a whole new lease of life.
- Every new skill that you learn will enhance your quality of papercrafting & will take it to a new level. You know that the more you practice & the more persistence you have at getting it right, the better you’ll be at it.
- Succeeding at a new skill & technique can be rewarding. It allows your work to become more interesting & gives you something else to share & talk about. It can also prevent your work from becoming stagnant & boring.
- Learning can connect you with others who are also passionate about papercrafting. You like to meet new people who are learning the same thing as you with the potential of making new friends.
- It excites you & is rewarding when you succeed at a new skill or technique. Your work becomes more interesting. You’re much happier, more confident & feel good that you’ve gained a new skill. An asset that will help you stay on top of your game!
You Do What’s Required To Enable Your Passion To Grow
Being passionate about papercrafting makes it much more exciting to learn new ideas. The more you learn, the more you can do, which will enable your passion to grow.
- When you start a new form of papercrafting or a new technique, you like to research as much as you can about it first. Pinterest becomes your new bestie for new ideas. You spend time pinning everything you can about your topic of interest so that you know what you need to do & how to do it.
- Learning new techniques & skills may sometimes need specific supplies, tools & materials. It makes learning difficult if you don’t have those items in your craft collection. Once you establish that it’s a technique that will advance your skills & will use it often, you do what you can to buy them.
- Taking part in online papercraft challenges is something you enjoy doing. Each new challenge has it’s rules & is set around a specific theme to create your project. It encourages & allows you to push your creative boundaries & use your imagination. The extra bonus is, you may even win a prize while growing your passion for papercrafting.
You Like To Find The Latest Trend, Product & Expert That Enables Growth
- You follow a few of your favourite papercrafters that you consider to be experts in their field. You’re a follower of their blog, YouTube channel & other social media. It’s important to you that you keep up with new trends, new products they’re using & how to use them in different ways. They show you new ideas, give reviews on the products & offer tips & tricks. This helps you gain knowledge of how to use a product to its full potential & discover easier ways to get a new result.
- On occasion, you like to attend craft shows, craft fairs & if possible, CHA. The hustle & bustle in a jam-packed venue with other papercrafters is like a dream come true. You love to see the new line of products showcased by your favourite brand & keen to know how to use them. It’s exciting for you to see the new products demonstrated while meeting a few of the well-known experts.
- In a more simpler form, it’s easy to stay up-to-date with new products from your local, online store. You subscribe to their newsletter so that you’re aware of when new products hit the shelves. This is also a good way to find out when new workshops & classes are being held in your area.
You Spend Time With People Who Are Passionate About Papercrafting
- There are many Facebook groups that focus on papercrafting in general or a specific type. You are more than likely a member of a few of them & some that you post to on a regular basis. It’s easy to interact & connect with other members of the group & join in on any conversations. You love to share your projects, ask questions if you’re not sure of something & give feedback to others.
- On occasion, you like to attend workshops & classes at your local craft store. On the rarest occasion, you may go to a papercraft weekend retreat somewhere special. You love to meet other papercrafters face to face. You’re either all learning the same technique or busy doing your own thing. Either way, the more people around the table crafting, the better.
You Feel Like You Can’t Live Without It & When It’s Gone You Miss It!
- Sometimes, it can be hard to know what to create. A lack of creative mojo can leave you feeling stuck. You can sit there at your craft table & be at a total loss of inspiration & motivation to create. It may last longer than expected & you may not even go into your craft room for months or more at a time. It can leave you feeling quite frustrated & it can be self-defeating. Your creative mojo will re-appear with a bit of coaching, but until then, you miss it. You don’t feel like yourself when it’s not there & you can’t wait for it to come back.
- There are times when you need to move house & you’ve packed up all your craft supplies into boxes. There’s not much you can do about it but you do miss your craft collection especially when you can’t have it. It’s frustrating when you get a surge of creativity & want to create but you can’t as the supplies are all packed up. You look forward to when you can get them all out the boxes again. The thing you look forward to the most is establishing your new craft area & able to put everything in its new place.
You Daydream About Ways To Make Money Doing What You Love
There have been a few times where you have thought about making money from papercrafting. You want to get paid for doing what you love.
- Making a little extra cash on the side from your handmade projects makes sense to you. You’re at the point of researching how to make money from your papercrafting & for the best way that works for you. You’re wanting to make a decision soon but still not quite sure which direction to take.
- You have your own Etsy shop where you like to list & sell your handmade papercraft projects. Other platforms like Ebay, your blog or website are also available to you. It’s a lot easier & convenient for you to sell your projects online.
- Craft fairs & markets are where you like to sell your papercraft projects. Having them on display is great for your customers to get up close & personal with your projects. It allows them to pick them up, touch & feel them before they buy. It also gives you the face to face interaction with your customers with a more personal service.
Have You Discovered That You’re Passionate About Papercrafting?
Being passionate about papercrafting doesn’t start & end with this list of examples. There are many others but I didn’t want this post being longer than it already is. Did you add your passion signs to the checklist? Which ones did you include? Let me know in the comments.
You’ve had a closer look & you’re now more aware of how passionate about you are. It’s up to you now to determine & decide what you want to do with it. Do you want to continue as a papercraft hobbyist? Or do you want to venture & step a little closer to finding out how you can monetize your papercrafting hobby?
Connect Your Passion & Find A Way To Get Paid
Being passionate about papercrafting is key for your success if you want to turn it into a business idea. You can connect your passion & find a way to get paid for doing what you love. All you need to do is apply some creativity to your passion & think about the direction you want to go with it.
Your passion can lead you to places you have only dreamt possible.
Where do you want your papercraft passion to lead you? Let me know in the comments below.
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