Process or Product?

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Posted 10/3/2013 by howdyheidi in General Stamping

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Posted: 10/3/2013 9:20:07 PM
My friend was telling me that she thinks I am a "process" person while she is the "product" person. She likes to craft, but only to have the final product to enjoy.

She thinks that because I take a long time to make cards, I am a process person.

The thing is, some cards just take a long process to create, especially when you are still learning.

Thoughts? What type are you?

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Posted: 10/3/2013 9:31:23 PM
Well it does make sense in how she is defining those terms. I would kind of think I am a little of both. For example, I don't mind spending extra time trying a technique on a scrapbook page, but I am not very interested in spending time on a stamping technique for a card.

I really can't explain why that is.

ETa: Maybe it is because I enjoy pretty paper more than I enjoy stamping, and I don't do a technique on every SB page, and similarly, the cards I make with pretty paper but no technique I enjoy making more.

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Posted: 10/4/2013 2:22:32 AM
It doesn't make sense to me either. I am a bit of both I think. It takes me forever to create. I really enjoy the process of putting together a project and watching it come to life. I also like my final product too. I worked so hard to make it come to life.

I agree that cards take a long time to create. Your right Heidi especially if your learning to make cards. I use to sew evening gowns. I have thought at times sewing evening gowns is quicker than making a card. For me when I am making a card I like to make my own backgrounds, stamp my cards, die cut my cards. I use my Cricut, Cameo, punches for my card making. I love to make my own embellishments too.

FurryPea- I love pattern paper too. I can't go into any craft store without a piece of pattern paper coming home with me.

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Posted: 10/4/2013 9:51:03 AM
Process or Product (aka project)? Fun 'Q', Heidi! Thanks for asking & tell your friend "thanks", too.

I'm definitely into process. Whatta surprise! But! 'Process' covers a lot of territory. I'm more apt to explore & spend hours/days/weeks working on process when I have a project (product) as the goal. Our swaps & challenges sooo help to motivate that.

On the other hand? When it comes to product, I have sufficient experience to do finished pieces that don't require me to do much 'process'--at least nothing 'new'.

(learning) Process is 90% of what keeps me interested in producing Product. Otherwise I would have found a completely different leisure activity a long time ago.

Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 10/4/2013 10:10:36 AM
My love for stamping is because I have a passion to create art with my hands. This includes learning techniques and experimenting with new products to learn how they best play with other products. I buy white cardstock by the ream so I have plenty to create my own backgrounds. For me the creating is one the wonderful parts of my journey.

Heidi, learning some techniques can take considerable time. I have found the longest to learn are ones in which I am trying to substitute products that are not totally comparable to the suggested product. And yet variations sometimes create really fabulous results...and those can be some of the really happy moments.


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Posted: 10/6/2013 6:47:01 AM
Process VS Product is an interesting one.

At college, I had to take one "teaching art class" for my undergrad degree and two for my masters (these classes were for non-art teachers), all of these classes emphasized process over product for art in the classroom. So that is what I follow in the classroom.

My students are the youngest in our school, 3 and 4 this time of year. Many have never used scissors or paint before. That being said, most parents are looking for a finished product to display. So I try to balance and find easy projects that allow the children to work on process, but have a pleasing product when completed.

My art journaling is totally about process. Although, I love to look through my journal at (most) of the finished pieces and remember creating them.

In scrapbooking, I LOVE the process, but definitely am doing it to create a product.

Card making is usually even more product driven for me. Although, sometimes it is about trying a new technique usually for a stamping event like Stamptoberfest.

When sewing (I am a very basic in my sewing skill), it is totally about the finished project.

But no matter what I am creating, it fuels my soul. I enjoy creating. I just wish I had more time for it. I get too caught up in everyday life with my family and job.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 8:07:21 AM
Thought about this for a day before answering and, after giving it all that consideration, I'd have to say I'm definitely process driven.

I think that is why I don't like making multiples of any card but always want to do something different. Making a different card means going through a new process whereas re-making a previous design is just going through the motions to get to that product.

Of course there needs to be some product at the end of the process, both as a goal and, in my case at least, as a justification of why I spent the time on the process in the first place.

I think my process orientation is also why I don't enjoy making cards to order very much, because it puts too much emphasis and restriction on the product I am producing rather than on the play and discovery I enjoy in the process.


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Posted: 10/6/2013 12:29:25 PM
I am both, but I DO love the process. I love working with techniques and new products. Sometimes I just work on a technique and make multiples to dig out later to use. I love creating and learning in the process.



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Posted: 10/6/2013 5:32:14 PM
I'd say I'm Process driven.
One thing that tells me I'm process driven, is I can be kind of slow in the process and that's ok. It bugs me sometimes when I go to SU stamp camps and people are in a rush! Slow down and enjoy the process!

ETA : Had to come back when I realized I am definitely process driven and it carries over to other crafts. Sometimes I'm not so good at finishing things, for example : framing a cross stitch project. It doesn't bother me that much, because I had fun doing the cross stitch and I don't really enjoy the finishing work!



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Posted: 10/7/2013 4:10:15 PM
My cousin and I are oppo like that. I am all about the process. I truly enjoy creating and will spend ridiculous amounts of time on one project. I enjoy when it's finished, but my joy is really in the creation.

My cousin on the other hand will bang out 10 cards before I'm done with one. She is thrilled when she gets many projects completed in one sitting.

There's nothing wrong with either of these, just whatever makes you happy!

AJ ~ Wife of Rob, Mama to Bo, Daphne, Trixie and Dalilah

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. - Pablo Picasso
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