So a lot has happened since I bought those first beads in Ashland. I took a LOT of local jewelry-making classes. I'm one of those people who learns best from a class. I do ok with a book, but I am horrible when it comes to just jumping in and figuring things out on my own without any instructional materials. I guess all that academic learning I did left a mark.
I specifically have a problem visualizing things in 3-D. I'm that person who has to turn the map so that it's in the direction I'm traveling. I have no in-built sense of direction - I typically end up memorizing where I need to go, rather than having some spidey-sense on which way I need to head.
I spent hours trying to figure out how to make neat little wire wrapped loops for beads just using a book and various online sites, and mine were still sort of lopsided and wonky. After one in-person class, where I could watch the instructor do it, I was wrapping like a pro.
This same 3-D visualization issue tripped me up when I took a sewing class as well. I learned the trick to sewing things that look so neat and nice is that you assemble and sew them inside-out then flip it around when it's done. Well, that just totally messed with my mind. I just couldn't envision how to put things together that way. I sewed more than one beginner project backwards!
So some aspects of papercrafting are going to be a challenge for me. I love to look through idea books and magazines to get ideas on cards to make, especially since I'm so new to this and don't really know where to start. Most of these books give you a high level list of the materials used and steps, but not specific details on what to do when. It's definitely much more vague than my old chemistry lab manuals.
So I'll have to carefully deconstruct the steps and figure out where to cut first, the order in which to glue items, and that sort of thing. But, that's why I'm writing it down, right?
So a question for all of you - what's YOUR crafty challenge? Is there some aspect of your personality that gets in the way of your crafty vision?