This week's tip is more of a self-confidence booster, rather than an actual paper crafting tip. Last night I read some posts on a forum that made me happy that I don't participate in swaps there. The thread was all about how people get upset and even angry when other swap members' cards don't meet "their" standards.
I've been hosting card swaps for years, and I welcome and encourage swappers of all levels. In fact, I encourage beginners to join, because they can learn so much from others. And even the most experienced stamper can learn something from a beginner, whether it be color combinations, layout, or simply an appreciation for the effort and work that person put into making the card.
I had to stop reading the thread, because it was making me angry. How dare people criticize others because they aren't "good enough" for their elite group? If they want to be in a swap with only "professional" stampers, then that is the kind of swap group they should join.
Most of the people who attend my workshops and join my swaps start as beginners. They build their confidence through practice, learning new techniques, and learning from each other. They learn to believe in themselves and in their own unique talents.
There is enough stress in our lives, without having to worry about whether or not we can live up to others' standards with our crafting. So this week, make an effort to have fun with your crafting. Believe in yourself, enjoy what you're doing, and don't worry about being "good enough" for anyone else. Happy Crafting!