Once upon a time I was crafty. It's true. Long before I made a living creating letterpress printed greeting cards, I spent my free time creating for pleasure. It wasn't always large projects or even successful projects but it was time spent tinkering, doodling…basically playing. Those days seem long ago now. Instead I've been filling my free time with obsessively searching the Internet and spending way to much time being a voyeur of other people's lives on facebook & instagram. Today I had an epiphany that this social media time spent encourages comparison. And comparison kills creativity. To combat social media comparison I'm starting to schedule time to be more creative. Crafty even. This may sound strange, I'm in a creative field, after all. So why the need to be creative outside of work? Well, I'll tell you why, it's important to experiment & challenge yourself. And it’s even more important to play. Creating has always been a part of me. And has been time well spent. Honestly, I cannot remember a time I didn't get lost in creation. Something magical happens to my mind while creating. I'm not sure if I can explain it properly so I'll just say it's my zen. Something I love to do and when I do it, I loose track of time. And not just time but thoughts. It's magical. To encourage me to create outside of "work" I thought a good motivation would be to post some old projects. Just random projects I once loving took my precious free time to create. They may not all be amazing but they will have all been created by my very own hands. Watch for some posts about past projects... and maybe even some future ones. Please feel free to let me know if you think I should revisit any of them. Now, time to set down the phone & pick up my journal and pen.