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Posted 2/14/2013 by michele st in General Scrappin'

michele st

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Posted: 2/14/2013 3:29:00 PM
but, do you ever think that you have too much stuff. Right now I have no desire to scrap shop at all. I was in my room most of the day organizing (yet again) and I made 1 layout. I just felt so overwhelmed! I wish I could just stay in there and make 25 pages so some of my product is gone. Anyone else???


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Posted: 2/14/2013 3:34:32 PM
We won't kick you out, there are a lot of us who have depressingly large stashes. Sometimes I just try not to think about it. That is hard to do when you are organizing, though. Maybe you need a good purge?


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Posted: 2/14/2013 3:37:30 PM
The sad thing is even if I did scrap 25 pages, I still wouldn't put a dent in my stash. lol


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Posted: 2/14/2013 3:41:14 PM
Yes, I do feel that way right now. I don't always feel that way, but currently I do. So, between that and having no money for anything we don't "need", no shopping for me!


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Posted: 2/14/2013 3:43:56 PM
Yes. And like screilly, I don't think 25 LOs would make much of a dent.

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Posted: 2/14/2013 3:44:00 PM
Kicked out, no. More like join the club!

I had so much stuff I honestly didn't know what I had. I shopped and shopped for years and didn't really scrap or make anything, I just shopped. Don't even want to think about how much money I spent! Lets just say I would easily have made the highest discount under the loyalty program in probably about six months!

Almost two years ago, I knew I was going to have to start looking for a house to move into. I did a purge, then another, then another. I did three major purges over the course of about 8 months. The first one was really painful but each time, it got easier. Know what happened, after that it became easier to scrap!

I still buy stuff although not nearly as much. My "regular" purchases are stuff I need like adhesive, solid card and photo processing. Once or twice a year, I will buy new collection packs and I actually use them!

I still have some of my old stuff I just couldn't part with and try to use like all the flowers and buttons I bought because of the jars they were in. They just looked so pretty on my shelf! I also reorganized my room so the scrap stuff isn't used as decoration, it is actually used!

I have been in my new house since October and have reorganized three times. I have it perfect now and you have to do what works for you. The easiest way I found was to sit down and make some pages, what do you grab? Put those close to your space and then go from there!

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Posted: 2/14/2013 4:01:28 PM
I don't have a huge stash but we just rearranged our house so I actually have a scrap room and not a tiny corner and all my stuff is in one spot now (instead of in 3 different rooms). I can finally see how much I have... too bad I still can't stop looking online for more stuff.

I've been watching old Nichol Magouirk stamping videos to inspire myself to use my stamps and boy does she make me want to go shopping... if Jenni Bowlin hadn't stopped making ink pads I would so have an order on the way right now!

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Posted: 2/14/2013 4:08:42 PM
i admit it, i have a giant stash. more than i can ever use in a few lifetimes.

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Posted: 2/14/2013 4:10:29 PM
Sadly for me, 25 pages wouldn't even make a dent in my stash! Lol.. I need to become a frozen pea!

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Posted: 2/14/2013 4:47:17 PM
Yes, that was me in the early part of 2012. I stopped shopping and then did a purge. I was holding onto stuff that I had purchased nine years ago and my style has completely changed.

Something else that helped was getting organized. My BFF is an organizational freak and she drives me crazy with it at times BUT she has helped me so much in my craft room. I seriously didn't know what I had. So with her help and some better visual storage containers I am using more of my stash than I ever have. I still have a ton of stuff but I am inclined to use it these days and as a result I feel less guilty about it.


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Posted: 2/14/2013 5:40:32 PM
I can't imagine having that much scrap stuff!! When I stopped scrapping I sold or gave away almost all my stuff......If I could go back in time....Sigh ....SO now I am trying to build back a decent amount of things to use on Lo's so that my pages look at least a *tiny* bit current! LOL Some of you might die when I tell you that I have three stamp sets and only 5 ink pads...no embosser, no tiny attacher, no cutting mat...... Lol. I do okay though.

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Posted: 2/14/2013 5:51:38 PM
I think there are a lot of people who get caught up in the new product hype and buy, but never use it. I also think there are a lot of people with spending issues.

Evaluate what works for you - and then do whatever you need to do to make it happen. If that means giving a ton of your stuff away- do it. Lots of groups could put it to good use.


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Posted: 2/14/2013 5:57:49 PM
I won't be going through it very fast if I continue scrapping as I have on the last 2 layouts using 1 sheet of cardstock and scraps. I haven't cut into a full sheet for the last 2. I have a couple of more lines I want to pick up and then I am going to put a freeze on paper buying. I need to boost my embellies though because I used to never buy that many. I need to keep the stuff contained to a finite amount for when we move next year to a smaller place.

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Posted: 2/14/2013 6:06:01 PM

Sadly for me, 25 pages wouldn't even make a dent in my stash! Lol.. I need to become a frozen pea!

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Posted: 2/14/2013 6:17:21 PM
I too can join this club, although, over the past month I've purged 5 pizza boxes of stuff and have 2 more ready to give away. I'm trying to pair down as much as I can but am having a hard time deciding how minimal I want my stash to be.

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Posted: 2/14/2013 6:29:22 PM
I haven't really shopped in years.

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Posted: 2/14/2013 6:39:54 PM
Michelle st, You most definitely aren't the only one. I have a fair amount of product. I think I am somewhere in the middle. I don't have a ton, but I have a fair amount. I have put myself on a shopping freeze. I don't have to for monetary reasons. I want to. I have so much stuff and with kits coming monthly, I am not using my stash much. So, a scrappy online friend and I are doing a no buy challenge for the whole year... except for adhesives and cardstock.. staple items. I need to play along with some stash challenges too.


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Posted: 2/14/2013 6:56:53 PM
I'm a bit on the other side. The empty shelf side. I've been out of work for a while but I still need to scrapbook to keep my spirits up. I started making my own items. I love the whole washi and wood veneer looks but couldn't afford to buy them so I decided I would not be defeated and make my own. Instead of washi tape I made tissue tape and for the wood veneers I used my cuttle bug along with dies that could cut the super fine veneer I bought at the craft store. I still may not have much (all my scrapbooking paper fits into 2 plastic iris boxes) but I am learning that when the chips are down you can still scrapbook it just takes a bit of determination.

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Posted: 2/14/2013 7:45:46 PM
I KNOW I have too much stuff yet I keep buying! I haven't scrapped a page in ages since my room is in shambles...still. Everything has been put on hold until I get my new room done. And, yes, there are so many times I wish I could just go sit down and scrap but I just can't now.



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Posted: 2/14/2013 8:11:06 PM
I don't feel like I have too much. I have a few paper stacks and the rest of my pp fits into an iris box, same story with the card stock. I also feel very free now that i've figured out how to use my patterned paper, for a long time i bought it then couldn't figure out how to use it! I did find that I had some embellishments that were not my style, so I bundled these up to sell, along with tons of ribbon, at a sale. I have what I think is a nice variety of things to use on my pages, and I'm glad that I've built up what I have (meaning it all fits in a three drawer cabinet) as our financial situation has changed and yet I'm still able to create! I do find myself getting caught up sometimes in the hype of new releases, as there are so many gorgeous things, but I just tell myself "its okay, they WILL continue to make gorgeous paper" when I get a case of the blues when I can't buy everything I want!

I do think this hobby lends itself to overcollecting, as its nice to have a variety of things to choose from, but it seems like its easy to go overboard (which is different for each person).

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Posted: 2/14/2013 9:06:46 PM
I have too much stuff, but I have this plan for a bunch of pages, and sometimes what I have already is just not the right stuff! But don't worry, there are several challenges here that may either help you use some of the stuff....or really want different stuff!

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Posted: 2/14/2013 9:07:57 PM
Kicked off? I think many are feeling the same way. Me for example.

I also know life ebbs and flows and hopefully I will feel inspired in the future to
actually make a dent in what I have.


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Posted: 2/14/2013 10:31:21 PM
I felt that way... I had to even give up my scraproom.. So after that happen. I would try to scrap and just not be in the mood.. So I stopped for over a year or so.. I just started to get back into it and I am glad I did.. Might just need a little break then get back into the swing of things.


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Posted: 2/14/2013 10:37:48 PM
i've accumulated entirely too much stuff as well.

the biggest problem i have is signing up for classes - "forever-access" is my worst enemy... i don't think i've touched a single one of those classes. i need deadlines. so, i sign up for classes, buy supplies or kits for them, and they sit around because between work and credit classes, i just don't have the time/energy to spend as much time in my studio as i'd like to.


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Posted: 2/14/2013 10:43:49 PM
I made a comment the other day to a friend that if I totally stopped buying anything scrappy related immediately, and if I scrapped at least one page every day, I would STILL be working from the stash I have 5 years from now. Yeah, that's pretty naughty!

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Posted: 2/15/2013 12:46:22 AM
Me too!! I have so much stuff it is crazy! There is always something new and great that is coming out, but I realize that when I look through my stuff, I fall in love with it all over again!!


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Posted: 2/15/2013 1:44:57 AM
I used up some of my old stash - stuff thats just not my style now - by making my own smash style books. I made some for the kids as well. That put a very satisfying dent in my pile


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Posted: 2/15/2013 3:58:52 AM
You wont be kicked out. I will also join the "25 LO's wont make a dent in my stash" club.

I've been thinking for awhile now of doing a weekly challenge. This challenge being selecting two or three pieces from my stash and making a layout out of them and not being able to make another layout that week until that challenge has been done. Then I go ahead and scrap new stuff.


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Posted: 2/15/2013 5:59:18 AM
I know what you mean. I went through a purge where I cut my stash in half... Then I went through it 3 more times and trimmed it back even further. I still have a nice stash but it is much more manageable and contained. For the past year and a half I have challenged myself to make a dent in my stash by creating cards, decorating gift bags, making banners, etc with what I have... This year's Christmas cards were made with paper from a couple of years ago. I used up a lot of red, white and blue stuff by making cards for the troops... It seems that I use up much more when I make these others things. I just want a simpler stash - I want it all to fit within a closet not need a room. I want to be a better packer when I go to crops and not lug a ton of stuff that I won't use. I don't want to be a scrapbook supply collector anymore...I want to use and enjoy the things I have.

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Posted: 2/15/2013 6:08:02 AM
This is one reason why I like kit clubs. I can scrap just from the monthly kit and not worry about hunting through my stash or feeling overwhelmed by everything in my room.

I need to do a good purge myself. I still have a bucket here, though, of shiny new things. It's hard to resist.

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Posted: 2/15/2013 6:30:58 AM
OP I feel like that all the time. I spend more time organizing and searching my stash than creating. I need to just get scrapping. I do better when I go to crops because then I have to use what I packed and nothing else. I need to do that more.

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Posted: 2/15/2013 7:29:09 AM
Organization really helps! I don't have a scrap room, only a scrap closet, and since I have been scrapping for over 13 years, it gets to where it is stuffed to bursting sometimes. I try to make up kits for myself (inspired by the Counterfeit kit blog, Shimelle's Best Of Both Worlds kits, or Scrap Your Stash-I don't know why, but it really helps my brain to have a specific set of supplies to try and match up with), and pull supplies for myself to use throughout the month-and I try to mix old stash in with the new so that I am using it all.
But I try to organize my closet first, a day or 2 before the end of the month, so that I can at least see what I have.
I have also found that it helps to make a smaller kit sometimes! Don't pull a ton of stuff so that you are overwhelmed by your kit!
Ever since I was on the Counterfeit kit DT, it has changed the way I scrap, and I don't think I will ever go back to pulling out my whole stash just to make one page.

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Posted: 2/15/2013 7:30:35 AM
Oh, and add me to the club who can (and has) made 25+ pages with out even making a dent

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Posted: 2/15/2013 7:46:19 AM
Don't feel bad, I think this happens to everyone at some point. I am lucky that I just moved out of basically totes filled with scrapbooking stuff galore and into an actual scraproom made just for me with a whole wall of shelving and what not. During this, I did a HUGE purge and the amount of old stuff I got rid of was crazy. Of course I got rid of a lot of stuff I used to buy from Michael's, AC Moore and Joanns, from the days before I knew that places like Two Peas (my second home) existed! I think you should try to not just organize but actually get rid of stuff you've had forever that you need to say, I'm really not going to use this, and you'll feel so much better. Now my space consists of things I've only bought from Two Peas and very little from anywhere else. I've been on a scrapbook overhaul and I LOVE it!


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Posted: 2/15/2013 8:29:03 AM
I have pared down and purged my staff and I still feel like I have too much. And I can attest to the fact that 25 pages don't make a dent.

I need to schedule more frequent at home scrap time.


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Posted: 2/15/2013 8:40:50 AM
I think I'm at that point now. I'm shopping a lot less these days for scrapping supplies. Some of that is because I've amassed quite the stash. Money is tighter due to utilities going up, we had to get a new car, higher insurance, my student loan payments went up last month, etc etc. price of gas, food, etc... I joined a gym so some of our extra money is going to that instead of scrapbooking. Found out I have high blood pressure recently and am on the quest to lose 60-70 lbs. just did 50 mins on the treadmill and on the lifecycle now. I go just about everyday. At least 6 days a week. It's nice to burn calories while peaing.

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Posted: 2/15/2013 8:48:16 AM
I'm in the middle of a major purge. It does make me feel better to toss and donate...must make room for new CHA stuff.


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Posted: 2/15/2013 8:49:21 AM
It was quite liberating to me when I purged my ridiculously large stash and then organized what remained.I didn't realize that I had felt weighed down by the sheer size of the stash until it was winnowed down.

I can now find stuff I want and know what I have. No more time wasted looking for stuff that I'd lost or second-guessing a LO because I know I have something better... somewhere. LOL So, I'm SO much more productive. I mean, I was never someone who was into finishing pages fast or worried about being caught up and I still don't, but I get so much more done. I now realize that before, I simply couldn't finish a page fast because it was so hard to find what I needed or to pick from a seemingly inexhaustible supply. Now that everything's organized, I'm using my stuff and where it used to take me a week or two to finish a page, it's now taking me at most a day (I scrap in the evenings after work). In fact, I'm so much faster, I asked my family to look at my pages and tell me honestly if the quality had gone down. They told me that the pages are as good as they were before. I'm just more efficient.

And I gave it away to a good cause, so I felt good about that too.

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Posted: 2/15/2013 9:00:30 AM
Of course! Not at the moment, -- 25 LOs would make a significant dent in my stash. At the very least I'd run out of adhesive, and I'd probably be low on embellishments and some colors of cardstock too! So, I am currently in a buying phase. But there have definitely been times in the past when I had no desire to shop because I had soooo much stuff.


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Posted: 2/15/2013 11:16:09 AM
so far this year the only thing i have bought is Christmas pp, because i ran out.. did a couple years of Chirstmas photos and finally got to use up some of the older papers i had.. that felt good. so im a frozen peas for the year.. need to just use up some goodies.. so will only be buying adhesive and cardstock, if needed..oh, and also did a purge last fall, and got rid of about 6" of paper.. didnt even make a dent!!! sad.


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Posted: 2/15/2013 11:16:12 AM
so far this year the only thing i have bought is Christmas pp, because i ran out.. did a couple years of Chirstmas photos and finally got to use up some of the older papers i had.. that felt good. so im a frozen peas for the year.. need to just use up some goodies.. so will only be buying adhesive and cardstock, if needed..oh, and also did a purge last fall, and got rid of about 6" of paper.. didnt even make a dent!!! sad.

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Posted: 2/15/2013 11:30:51 AM
I completely understand how this can happen. I've been a sber for close to 20 years.. I had a ton of stuff... we recently relocated..and made a cross country move fr ND to beachside in FL... we did it all ourselves.. packed all our belongings, rented a truck drove all the way.. tons of work.. I had two huge garage sales before we moved and got rid of so much in my stash.. I was determined to start fresh and use what I have and keep only what i loved..
it worked..
so far, I hvn't bought many new sbing items at all.
I hv tons of stuff.
a brand new studio by the sea..
i cudn't be happier..

get rid of 75% of what you own.. seriously.. it feels so so good to simplify and live with less!

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