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  • 10,000 hours and you're an expert...

    ...or so my sister tells me. I'm not sure how many hours I've racked up in the last year, but I'm sure I've got a long way to go.

    I haven't been on the Craft forum for some time now (life seems to have taken over!), but as I came back and looked through my cards from when I first started a year ago I am amazed at the progress I have made.

    It is easy to lose motivation and to think about giving up (I know, I nearly did a few times). I wanted to write a quick post for anyone that might be thinking like that. We are all on the journey to becoming experts in our own areas. I would encourage you to take a look at what you have achieved since you first started crafting and then think about what you could achieve in the next 12 months.

    I have so many people to thank on the craft forum for answering my 101 questions in the beginning. I wouldn't know half of what I know now without you. Networking has really made a huge difference for me.

    Anyway, enough rambling from me. If you'd like to see where I am today with my cards, or share what you are making just pop over to my FB page.

    All the best

    Claire xx
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  • #2
    Thats an interesting concept. So if I average the hours at 5 per week since - say - age 13 Thats around 11,000 give or take a few. Hours and years that is. lol. So a quote of 10,000 is an awful lot because I think most of us over the years float into and out of the crafting scene whilst family is growing up. As we are all different some will become expert in their field in a very short time whilst others, like me, try many crafts so we become the proverbial Jack of all trades, master of none I suppose and you are so right. Where would I have been without picking everyones brains on here many times.
    Be interesting to read others opinions..
    God helps them that help themselves.


    • #3
      I just googled it to see what was out there and there seems to be lots of different opinion! I would like to think that after 10,000 hours of card making I would have a few tips that I could share might not actually call myself an expert though.

      Claire xx


      • #4
        Isn't that about three and a half years if you craft for a full working day without a day off? It sounds a bit much. It also depends on what you get exposed to during that time. I've been card making for over twelve years but only started stamping in 2011. There are lots of techniques I haven't done yet. I would love to learn brayering to make scenic backgrounds.


        • #5
          I haven't even heard of Brayering! I'll have to look that up. I love Stamping. I've just found a Stampin' Up demonstrator who is really lovely. I've ordered the catalogue so will probably be spending a small fortune on pay day


          • #6
            I guess it's a reminder to keep going!!

            Of course, I think it depends on what you're wanting to become expert in. Some things just seem easier than others and some pretty much impossible - no matter how many hours I sang or played the piano for, I would never, ever, ever become an expert.
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            • #7

              If you look on my blog I've done scenery with a dry brush technique and acetate for the reflection in the water.

              Here is a link to my blog. scroll down until you reach the post called lovely as a tree. I would like to do this by brayering as well as dry brushing.