Sometimes, as crafters, we’re our own worst enemies.

We let our insecurities take control and wind up feeling defeated. We might even feel like impostors. How is it that we find ourselves here?

The answer is simple, really. We internalize the lies we hear about ourselves and then repeat them!

Maybe if we can name the lies we tell ourselves, we can leave them behind. What do you say?

1. I’m not good enough.

OK, you know what we’re going to say here. Of course you’re good enough. There’s more to it than just that, though: some people look at a way of crafting and think, “I’ve never been trained in how to do that, so it must not be for me.” Or maybe they consistently turn out projects they don’t think are as good as those they see online or those made by other people in their circles. To these folks, we say:

Everything’s going to be OK. Remember: crafting is something you do for pleasure, something to unwind and de-stress. If working on a project brings you joy, then you’re succeeding! Is it nice to have skills and natural talent? Yes! But that’s not the end goal. Anyway, the only way anyone ever became a more proficient crafter is by doing it over and over, again and again and again. So pick up those scissors, and let’s get to work!

2. I need to figure out how to monetize my hobby.

It’s cool to start a business. It’s extremely cool to figure out how to do what you love and get paid for it! But does that have to be your end goal as a crafter? Is it even a standard marker of success?

Not at all.

Some of you will want to start a crafting business; some of you won’t. It’s really pretty simple. If you’re not interested in selling things, and especially if it makes you like crafting less, then you know what to do: just stick to crafting! You don’t need to be an actual boss to be a boss. You know?

3. I shouldn’t monetize my hobby because I don’t know how.

OK, we’re definitely starting to repeat ourselves, but here’s the simple truth: It’s all about what you want. 

Do you strongly desire to start and lead a crafting business? Go for it! There are plenty of free resources available online from fellow DIY crafters who turned their projects into profits. If that appeals to you, then why not check out articles like this one or videos like this one, or even this article on how to start a crafting business with no startup money?

You can also try emailing or DMing craft bloggers whose sites you like. Remember: when you ask for a favor, there’s always a 50 percent chance you’ll get a “no” in response, but when you ask for advice, people are frequently happy to give it.

4. I’m hand-making 450 personalized holiday cards this year.

OK, well…this one might be true! But odds are that you don’t have the time or resources for a massive, ambitious project like that. Most people don’t! You’re frequently better channeling that energy into the projects that are in front of you now rather than trying to accomplish something unthinkably massive several months down the road.

Always consider the logistics of your project before you commit to it—it’s wonderful to be ambitious, but we all need to stay within our means and behave accordingly, or we risk burnout, resentment, and feelings of failure.

Look, some people are able to casually dip into their crafting supplies every so often and magically produce something wonderful without careful planning and time budgeting. But those people are rare!

The truth is, most of us need to set time aside to craft, and we need to tell the people in our lives to expect us to be unavailable during that time. There’s nothing wrong with doing this; when the crafter in the family is happy, everyone’s happy! Everybody benefits from your relaxing time in the crafting room.

So schedule it! Plan your major projects for the year well in advance so you know when to buy supplies and when to begin. Map out schedules for meetups with other crafters. Block off time on the family calendar. You’ve got this! You just need to commit to it first.

6. I have to have all of the supplies.

Can you believe a cardstock company is telling you not to buy supplies? Well technically, we’re not. We’re just suggesting that you don’t need to physically own every item on your wish list in order to get started on crafting for pleasure. You don’t need every color of cardstock we sell; you don’t need the newest cutting machine when yours works just fine; you don’t have to own seven different weeding tools in order to make a birthday banner. You’re going to need to stock up on supplies at some point, but for now, just take the plunge and get started!

Work with what you have; check a creative resource center near you; repurpose random items in your home; see what your public library and your local tool library have available; scour the internet for sales; join a Facebook group for people who share your interests and who might be willing to swap and share supplies. There are many, many resources out there than can help you get where you need to be without paying for all of it up front.

So listen: no more lies!

Let’s stop feeding ourselves this harmful information and just get back to enjoying making things with our hands and our imaginations. We need very little in order to make it happen!

And of course, when you do legitimately need more cardstock, you can find us on Amazon and Walmart.com.