Paper Crafting Ideas


Through the years, Decor8yourlife has become more than a webmaster's paradise for me. It has developed into a passion for paper crafting.  In the early stages of my brand, I had a general picture of where I was headed. I first began with decorating articles and videos. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE to decorate! However, there was something major missing in the equation. The human factor.

As a webmaster, it's all too easy to get tunnel vision.  You're in a cubicle or office the major part of your day, without much interaction but maybe a phone call or email from a client.  But the majority of my day was pretty much pounding on the keyboard, generating codes, and testing and retesting, then testing once again.

This is all fine and dandy if you enjoy the least amount of human interaction as possible; and a major perk is that you never have anyone breathing down your neck.  You're marching to the beat of your own drum.... it's fantastic really. But still.... very little of the human touch.

Given that my decorating articles and videos were getting attention but without much engagement in either venue, I really didn't have much to go on.  I would post a decorating video, soon enough it would reach over 2 or 3 thousand views. I even had a shabby chic video out there that went well over 35 thousand views. I've taken it down since, it was causing too much of a headache. People were stealing this video and then uploading it in their fly-by-night channels, monetizing as their own, etc. I found myself constantly having to deal with Google to take the other videos down for copyright infringement.  I just don't have the time to keep up with all that. So I did what the bible told me so. If my right arm.... then cut it off. (you know the saying)

For years I've had a curiosity over paper crafting.  Right up until the end of my decorating days, I had never really wondered into the paper crafting section at Hobby lobby.  It was always about the decor.  Little by little I'd venture deep into the store to see what all the fuss was about. I began to watch videos on YouTube.  One thing led to another and I landed on Graphic 45 Mini Albums! And the rest.... like they say.... is history!

I have a minuscule crafting channel on YouTube.  I say it's minuscule in comparison to the mega channels of 100k subscribers or more. Yup! I'm just a tiny fish in a huge pond! However, this tiny fish has so much to be thankful for! I've made a ton of friends. Over four thousand of them! I know. I know. To some they are just "subscribers" or "followers". To me, if someone thinks enough of me and my videos to sub to my channel and continue to come back for more... that's a friend! To me, if someone takes time out from their busy schedule to leave me a nice comment and click on the like button.... that's a friend!

I have gotten to know so many wonderful people, through the power of my crafting project shares and tutorials.  I feel truly blessed. I know that at any given point in my day, I can watch a two minute video, leave a comment or begin a conversation, and the person on the receiving end will comment right back. I love that! And some of my YouTube friends, have also become my facebook friends! And I mean actually friends. Not just people who "like" a facebook business page and you never get to hear from them.  They share events of their every day lives with me. They share their good times as well as their times of sorrow. And for this, I will be forever thankful.  These beautiful crafters who entrust their personal lives with me... it just fills my heart with joy to know there are so many loving folks out there!

I know I get pretty chatty sometimes; and boy can I talk your ear off! But in a nutshell, I just want to let you know that crafting is my passion and I will always have something to share with you.

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Thanks to the folks at Spellbinders, I had the privilege to attend this year's CHA 2017 Creativation Trade Show! I can't begin to tell you what a great honor this was!  I had the opportunity to meet and network with Spellbinders designers like Seth Apter, Debbie Adams, Becca Feeken and Tammy Tutterow.

I also had the opportunity to meet and talk to many industry giants like Heidi Swapp, Diane Shultz, Emma Lou and Frank Garcia.  I took tons of video and pictures; and I hope that you join me over at my YouTube channel so that you can view my CHA 2017 videos! Thanks for stopping by!

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