Did you know that the earliest mention of a scrapbook was in England during the 15th century? They were called "commonplace books" and were filled with drawings and bits of memorabilia. Like scrapbooking, most crafts have a long history. Some have changed dramatically, while others remain basically the same as they have for centuries. To celebrate the art of crafting, here are a few tips to help you get in the crafting spirit for National Craft Month.
Learn the history. Nation Craft Month was created by the Craft and Hobby Association in 1994 with the purpose of helping people learn about crafting and find inspiration. It links a community of crafters with a common goal and motivates them to continue crafting throughout the year. You can find National Craft Month projects and resources online, and many suppliers run special deals and hold conventions during the month to help crafters get their creative juices flowing.
Discover your craft. There are so many different crafts out there, from scrapbooking to sewing, creating DIY decorations, and decoupage. The key to becoming a successful crafter is to find the craft that you enjoy doing. Start by researching different crafts you're interested in and becoming familiar with the methods used and supplies needed. Also, give yourself some room for trial and error. You may be excited about a specific craft, but later find out it's not for you. Try a few beginner projects first to discover what you really do enjoy and what you can pass up.
Pick a project. Many crafters start by looking at what they need. Do you have a pile of photos that need to be organized or an old dresser you'd love to update? Maybe you want a new scarf. This can help direct you to a fun project to do during National Craft Month. Be careful not to jump into a complicated project you're unprepared for, however. If you're a beginner, maybe knit a scarf rather than a sweater, or focus on scrapbooking one year's worth of photos rather than all your photos. Taking on a project that's too big or complicated can take the joy out of crafting.
Purchase supplies. Make a list of everything you need before you start your project. This can help you avoid frustrating delays when you realize you've forgotten to buy paint, thread, or glue. Gather all your supplies a week or two before you begin your project and set up your crafting area with everything you need in easy-to-reach places. Many crafters like to keep extra supplies on hand just in case. Small items, like needles, notions, brads, and die cuts, are best organized in small containers where they won't get lost. If you're crafting on the go, investing in a travel bag or case is a good idea.
Get the kids involved. It's never too early to start crafting. Get your kids excited about National Craft Month by planning some special crafts just for them. Stock up on patterned papers, washable paints, stickers, pipe cleaners, and glue sticks. You can even find plenty of craft supplies from around the house, like paper plates, tissue paper, and paper towel rolls. You can find kid-friendly craft ideas online, or let their imaginations run wild and see what they come up with on their own. It's a great activity for keeping them entertained on rainy afternoons, too.