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Teaching craft by encouragement

teaching craft by may flaum

Last weekend, I was in Germany to teach some scrapbooking classes on strong design without spending a fortune on embellishments. One thing I love about that concept is it automatically answers one of the most common reasons I hear for people taking an interest but not actually trying paper crafting: ‘it’s expensive’. Like many things in the world, it can be expensive if you want to take those options but it definitely doesn’t have to be! I came back from Germany to find contributing designer May Flaum with such a complementary train of thought, and today she’s here to share her philosophy for introducing new crafters to the glorious world of pretty paper.

Crafting with people who don’t normally craft, or who are new to it can be quite the challenge. You want to make it inviting and fun, yet not overwhelm them. Hey there, May Flaum here and today I am excited to share an idea and video with you to make card making fun with yourself or with a group!

I often get asked how I teach my kids to craft and my short answer is: I don’t. The thing is I try to encourage them to play, explore, and discover on their own. One key idea is to come up with a simple formula as I have here (shape + paper scraps + simple sentiment + embellishments) and give just enough structure that people aren’t left wondering where to even begin. You want to inspire a person to try, to play, and to have fun. You don’t want to bog them down with rules and too much structure. Ah, but you don’t want them without a starting point either!

teaching craft by may flaum

Clear as mud? Don’t worry, I’ve got a video to help explain as well as show you how I’ve made my card. Here is my video tutorial for creating a card like mine:

I just love how this card turned out, and that it has the benefits of using up scraps and bits of my stash as well as giving a lot of creative freedom to the teens, tweens, and anyone else I might happen to want to create with.

teaching craft by may flaum

I also love this as a warm-up for myself when I’m not feeling especially creative, or a maneuver to avoid cleaning off my desk. Just use the scraps! I hope that you’ve enjoyed this video today and that I’ve inspired you to go make some cards with someone today. Crafter or not – we can all enjoy playing with pretty papers and fun embellishments.

Do you need a crafty warm-up today? Give May’s formula a quick try and share it with us!

29 April 2016

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8 Comments for Teaching craft by encouragement

  1. Bunny Dobbie Says:

    What a great video May! I scrapbook and do so many other crafts but cards stump me completely. This is such a great help. Shimelle’s washi tape is gorgeous!

  2. Julierose Says:

    I love this video and the total freedom it espouses. Great post—thanks—I’m off to “play”….LOL hugs, Julierose

  3. Gab Says:

    Just love that card … and it would be perfect for Mother’s Day too!
    May is such a fantastic teacher- she gives people confidence

  4. Lana Bisson Says:

    thank you for reminding me how fun it is to tear paper. I took out all my scraps and matching patterns/colors. fun thing I tried.. I added velum, lace, foiled papers, and glittered papers.. I had so much fun using up scraps..So far I can either use in layout or die cut or card base.. endless possibilities. I posted on my facebook wall- Lana Steele-Bisson. Loved this idea.

  5. Lisa Zepponi Says:

    inspired to make a mother’s day card using up some scraps! Thanks!

  6. Kelly Says:

    “maneuver to avoid cleaning off my desk” I love this! I’m going to print out this card to serve as a reminder to make a card BEFORE I clean off my desk. Great ideas May (as always).

  7. Marcie Lovett Says:

    I always enjoy May’s videos. Beautiful collection of papers and embellishments, great card!

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