Glitter Girl--Help unparalyze my productivity!

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Posted 1/3/2013 by allynraye in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 470,537
June 2010
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Layouts: 0

Posted: 1/3/2013 1:20:17 PM
Glitter Girl,

I've hunted, gathered and accumulated so many wonderful memory-keeping products through the years that my scrap room resembles a small store. While it would seem an enviable spot to be in, I've apparently morphed from a one-time productive cropper into merely an overzealous shopper, meaning that the sheer volume of products I own actually hinders my creativity. Most of my items are organized by color or type, so that's not the issue; the problem becomes that I have difficulty ultimately deciding which of all these awesome supplies I should use on a particular page or project. Every time I start to "preplan" and pull a page kit together, I become practically "paralyzed" because I'm concerned that I've not chosen the best items and perhaps, if I just keep looking, I'll find something that suits the page or project better. Are there any tips or tricks you can share that will help me to become less paralyzed by fear of making wrong choices and forge ahead to being productive once again, as I was when I had far fewer supplies? Thanks so much!

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PeaNut 1,583
October 1999
Posts: 9,669
Layouts: 476
Loc: Long Island

Posted: 1/3/2013 2:02:49 PM
This used to happen to me too. Then I realized that I can just print another photo of the same thing and make another page if I use the wrong thing. Also, I just say to myself, "it's just paper" and I know that the reality of the situation is that I am the only one that cares what products I pick. No one that ever looks through my books will give it a second thought.

I also highly recommend doing Lain Ehmann's LOAD challnge in February. Because I was in a hurry to make a page everyday, I really had to make quick decisions and often went with the first thing I came across that worked. It's not easy to do, but it does get easier the more you do it.

Also, scrapping challenges are a great way to narrow your focus.

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PeaNut 470,537
June 2010
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Layouts: 0

Posted: 1/5/2013 11:01:59 AM
Thanks, Marianne! Some really good points and much-needed perspective. Appreciate it!


PeaNut 417,751
April 2009
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Layouts: 40
Loc: Chesterton Indiana

Posted: 1/5/2013 11:08:53 AM
I do not have much in the way of supplies but I still get the feeling that I am not using the right ones.

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PeaNut 451,040
January 2010
Posts: 551
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Loc: Idaho

Posted: 1/5/2013 11:25:01 AM
I don't have a lot of product but often when I am putting a layout together I will get a product, or pattern in mind and become unproductive until I can find the exact thing I had in mind. (And often it doesn't even really exist). So I have a similar creativity paralyzing dilemma. I would love to hear what GG does when she gets a creativity block.


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PeaNut 418,377
April 2009
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Layouts: 28
Loc: SE Wisconsin

Posted: 4/11/2013 10:45:31 AM
I often find myself thinking that I like a product so much and I wonder if I really want to use it on a particular page or save it for something else, as in something else better or more important. Most recently this happened a few days ago when I was scrapping pictures from a wonderful little road trip my DH and I took last summer. What was I thinking? Really? Something better than a great trip with my DH? It was great product and I cut it up and started using it on pages for that trip. I really want to get over having these thoughts.
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