A couple of weeks ago I joined the 'twenty minuters' started by Marmalade Rose. The intention is to craft for twenty minutes every day, throughout the year. A great idea - twenty minutes is short enough to squeeze in on a busy day, and when time is no object, it just hooks you in, and quickly doubles, then triples.....
So far it's mainly been knitting that I've been focusing on, but the lure of my scalpel blade and cutting mat is never far away. That, and piles of old magazines that need to be re-purposed where possible before they hit the recycling. Today it was gift tags.
I like looking through old images, re-cropping them to change the perspective, or perhaps pick out a particular detail I'm drawn to.
Then a little card-stock, and a spray of photo mount (not the most eco choice I know, but glue sticks just don't give the smooth and permanent results I like - I'm fussy) followed by the hole punch.
And then there's the fun of choosing the thread or string. The off-white reel is bookbinders' linen thread (available here or here), which comes in various weights, and is cheaper than buying linen thread for sewing.
The black thread is from the saddlery department of my local farm supplies shop. It's cheap, I love the old-fashioned feel of the packaging, and who says you can only use it for plaiting horses' manes?
The queen of re-purposing magazine images is Caireen. She makes lovely tags, cards and envelopes. She has a Folksy Shop, too.
So what crafting can you fit in to twenty minutes? I bet it will inspire you to do something as opposed to nothing.