Guess what I've learned about myself and this hobby?
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Posted: 3/28/2013 3:39:45 PM
That I'm not a gadget girl, when it comes to scrapbooking. Yep, I learned that a few years ago about myself. I don't own a cuttlebug, I don't own a bigshot. I don't own a Cameo. Sold my cricut expression (that I actually won) and I rarely use my SLICE (although it's my fav die cut device), my original cricut or Technique Boutique embossing machine (which is super easy to pull out and use). I only own 4 cricut cartridges. I do not like pulling out my heat gun, so I rarely use embossing powder or anything that has to dry fast, unless I'm working on ATC's for a swap. I have only used my Bind it all twice (mini albums usually go on a ring). I have come to own my style, my method and my madness and I realize I just wanna get in and get 'er done LOL!!! With that being said I buy lots of embellishments, journaling cards, chipboard pieces, etc and I almost always use Thickers on my layouts. The only machine I use regularly is my sewing machine.

Am I the only one who is not a "GADGET GIRL"? And what have your learned about yourself when it comes to this wonderful hobby?


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Posted: 3/28/2013 3:45:25 PM
AMEN!
Lol I'm not a gadget girl either. I have a Slice and a CricutE, never use them.
Now personal life I am all about gadgets. Ipad, iphone, etc.


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Posted: 3/28/2013 3:48:31 PM
I'm not a huge Gadget Girl either. I have a Cuttlebug, but don't use it alot. No Circut, or any other device. I heat emboss sometimes. The tool I use the most is my corner rounder.
What I've recently learned is that while I love Glitter Girl's technique, I'm more a simpler scrapper. I try and try to reproduce looks like GLitter Girl (and others here) and I fail. While looking through older magazines (3-4 years old) I found that I like this look much more, and this is how I scrap. So I guess I'm not trendy. I've decided that no one else in m life is a scrapper, so they don't know what the new trend is, all they care about is the end result. So I will continue to use up my old papers, look through my older magazines for inspriration, and be happy about it. I'm hoping with this new outlook, my fear of failure will lessen, and I can scrap more.

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Posted: 3/28/2013 4:16:58 PM
I've learned that overall I am not a trend follower; therefore, I need to show restraint when shopping and only buy ONE of whatever trend I want to try until I decide if it is for me. Otherwise, I will find myself with a drawer full of mists or washi or wood veneers that will never make it onto my pages.


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Posted: 3/28/2013 4:23:10 PM
I have learned that I like to try most of the "trends", but end up incorporating only parts here and there into my repertoire. I gravitate toward a stye that is fun and comfortable for me, usually with lots of layers, maybe some fussy cutting or paper piecing, probably a banner, and one or two larger (4x6) full color photos. I rarely use cardstock. Patterned paper is my mainstay!

Oh, and I LOVE the gadgets, but yeah...don't pull them out often enough.


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Posted: 3/28/2013 4:28:08 PM
im a simply scrapper also.. i have a cricut and and cuttlebug and thats all i use...and punches.. have to remind myself to use them!!! the simplier the better.!!
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Posted: 3/28/2013 5:01:44 PM
I'm not a gadget girl either. I've learned that I'm a simple scrapper. I still use the original QK Squeeze and Revolution. I sold my Cricut a couple of years ago.

While I like looking through the gallery and seeing the beautiful works of art, I like my simple, linear pages - they tell the story I want to tell.



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Posted: 3/28/2013 5:07:26 PM
I'm not much of a gadget-girl either. I love my Big Shot but I have a Cricut and Bind-it-All still unused! I never even bought cartridges for Cricut. I'll likely give them to my sisters or friends who scrap. I keep my heat emboss tool nearby only to dry paint projects quickly but I put off using the powders, avoiding making a hot mess of things. Lol. I'm surprised at myself because I just love the beautiful things made with the tools but I'm finding that I'm a simple scrapper when it comes to the gadgets.

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Posted: 3/28/2013 5:30:55 PM
I have learned I could be on the show Hoarders with the amount of scrapbook stuff I buy (and it doesn't even compare to some scrappers..lol)... I have to keep my 'stuff' in a small converted closet... Wonder what will happen once I get my own room...

And gadgets.. Well I own a Circut and about six cartridges...but I don't even use to it's full potential.



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Posted: 3/28/2013 5:33:12 PM
I am not a gadget girl I don't own ANY die cut machines, no heating gun either. I am happy scrapping the way I am right now.


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Posted: 3/28/2013 5:45:47 PM
No heating gun, I would not survive without mine!

I'm not into real life gadgets but I love scrapbooking ones.

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Posted: 3/28/2013 5:59:46 PM
Not a gadget girl either, it's taken a few mistakes to learn that. My exception is my Silhouette which I use a lot for titles, I'm apparently not a Thicker user. One of my own questions is how much can you ,or, want to change your style. I keep coming back to simple and my own style which doesn't involve a lot of stuff. I do get a lot of pages done though : )

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Posted: 3/28/2013 5:59:57 PM
I am a gadget girl....love tools and trends. Lol.


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Posted: 3/28/2013 6:20:18 PM
I am in awe of the way that some scrappers can use their gadgets - my scrap time is just soooo limited these days that I don't use my few gadgets much at all and so haven't learned to use them to their full potential. Simple techniques and simple pages seem to be working for me right now.


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Posted: 3/28/2013 6:41:47 PM
In regular life, I am not a gadget girl at all...I don't have an Iphone, no Ipod, no 9 million different ways to reach people, and in fact, I don't really have anything fancy in my home either! (I honestly don't care or want any statues to put on my end table, lol).

Scrapbooking...yeah, I do like gadgets, but I would say I am in the middle of the road on that one. I don't go for the trends as much, like the mists, alcohol inks, (do have copics, but I really was interested in them) wood veneers, chipboard stuff, etc). I do have some die cut machines- Big Shot and Cuttlebug (that I haven't used since I got my Big Shot). I don't use too many embossing folders, though I try to make sure I do. Basically I use the swirls and polka dot ones.


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Posted: 3/28/2013 6:42:37 PM
I'm not a gadget girl either. Ive always wanted a die cut machine but I know me and I don't want to spend $200-300 on something that I won't use. If I have to connect to a computer find the design I want then cut by the time I get all that done I've wasted so much time. I wouldn't use it. I love the look of mist but rarely use it because I'm impatient and don't want to have to wait for it too dry so I'll stick to paper & embellishments. I thickers.


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Posted: 3/28/2013 6:42:54 PM
I guess the biggest thing I've learned is that I'm NOT a "trend" girl. I just bought my first roll of Washi tape after hearing about it for the last two years. I have yet to purchase a single sheet of chevron paper AND I don't own a single piece of chipboard! Yet, somehow I have managed to survive...haha.

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Posted: 3/28/2013 6:54:28 PM
I'm not a gadget girl either. I also am not a follower of trends. I also buy most of my things on clearance and on sale so I don't care if something was 'last year', I use 'old' stuff. If I like something I like it, I can't care when it came out.


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Posted: 3/28/2013 7:47:40 PM
I'm not a gadget girl in any way, shape, or form...scrapping or otherwise.



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Posted: 3/28/2013 7:49:55 PM
I like gadgets enough and I have plenty but the one thing I have learned is that I am not trendy either, I try new things and enjoy like others said looking in the gallery but I don't think I will ever understand the one 3x3 picture on a layout( not knocking these bc they are beautiful ) but with the amount of events I have to scrap and everyday life pictures, I would never get done and I would probably have hundreds of albums! I like to tell a story and get memories on a page !


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Posted: 3/28/2013 7:50:18 PM
I like staight lines. Yep, very few photos placed at angles and the papers are usually lined up at 90 degree angles. And I'm completely okay with it, but I do love to look at layouts that are different.


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Posted: 3/28/2013 8:37:27 PM
I am not much of a gadget girl when it comes to scrapbooking. But I have gotten a lot of use out of my cricut for the kids' school projects.



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Posted: 3/28/2013 9:08:36 PM
Sometimes simple is a wonderful thing....unfortunately, I like to have options!

I compare it to my dad who has a bunch of tools in his garage. He doesn't use everything all the time, but whenever I need something, he can up with a solution.

I don't just like scrapbooking, I love papercrafting, so my garage is in my house.


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Posted: 3/28/2013 9:46:22 PM
I'll join this choir! So not a gadget girl. I do have a heat embossing gun that I use when I make cards and a Sizzix embossing machine (the little blue one that looks like a purse!)I've been making a lot of cards in recent months, so those have gotten good use.

I don't own a Cricut or any other similar machines. My SIL has one and she seems to have had a lot of problems with it. I couldn't justify spending $200 to $300 on something I knew I wouldn't use. I still use my hammer and setter for my eyelets. That Crop-O-Dile is from the devil, just so you know! lol I don't follow trends either and couldn't tell you what company made what sheet of paper! I just buy what I like and get a lot of stuff on clearance, as another Pea said. Just because it may be "last year" doesn't mean it's not still pretty.


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Posted: 3/28/2013 10:14:06 PM
I am definitely a gadget girl. But I just have my cameo, I don't need anything else. My pages have a lot of little pieces of paper on them and I make them more for the creative process than the saving memories part, so my cameo actually speeds up the process and keeps my fingers from getting sore (from fussy cutting with a craft knife). However, I used to use photoshop back in the day (I was really into photo manipulations and art) and I guess I have the cameo software down pat for what I need and it doesn't take me very long to set up my cuts



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Posted: 3/28/2013 10:33:36 PM
Well I think I am a gadget girl. I love my gadgets for me they save me time. I used to have QK and sizzix dies - well I still do and I still like them but rarely use them. I love my Cricut but I find it easy to use it is always out and ready to go so it isn't time consuming at all now I wasn't a fan of the Silhouette (I have the original) as it didn't work that well. I like my cropodile but honestly just use it for punching holes when I need it. I don't use it to set eyelets as I don't use them. I am not a fan of heat setters or embossing as they take too long. I also have a cuttlebug and always intend to use it to emboss things but don't usually remember it.

I also consider myself a simple scrapper. I like Thickers but I just don't actually use them - I think that needs to be my next challenge.

ETA: I don't think there is anything wrong with simple scrapping I think it is most important to find a style that you enjoy and do it. For me the most important thing is getting the story down on paper. I have seen a lot of really nice pages that don't use any gadgets and are simple.


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Posted: 3/28/2013 10:38:31 PM
I should probably add "Extreme Gadget Girl" to my siggy! I love tools, gadgets, you name it...in my personal life, and my scrappy life! Keeps it fresh for me to try new tools, and techniques.


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Posted: 3/28/2013 11:52:35 PM
I am not too much a gadget girl either. I own no die cutting machines, and very few other tools. One that I do like enough though is my heat gun for embossing, but I don't use it every day.



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Posted: 3/29/2013 12:13:16 AM
I AM a gadget girl but NOT a trendy scrapper and don't used patterned paper much. But I DO try to stockpile on cardstock and ATG refills.


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Posted: 3/29/2013 12:20:35 AM
I have zero gadgets. I'm not a simple or clean scrapper. I like trends, but I have usually already tried it. I'm a rule breaker. I don't care if it matches perfectly, or is a tad crooked. And I don't scrap "in order"

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Posted: 3/29/2013 7:41:38 AM
I am not a gadget girl in scrapbooking. I do have a Cameo, but I definitely don't use it to its full potential. My heat gun is used mainly to dry the mist droplets lol. And I do use some punches and my tiny attacher regularly, but I consider those basic tools, not gadgets. Otherwise I am a very trendy scrapper - name a trend and I have prorably tried it. Thing is, I really like playing with paper and stickers more than anything, so fiddling with tools and gadgets takes time away from that.




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Posted: 3/29/2013 9:34:09 AM
Great post Treyaut. While I would like to have an electronic cutter, it's not in my budget for now and I probably wouldn't use it enuff to justify the price. I have a Big Kick and I use it occ. for titles (I only have 3 fonts), but did buy my 1st Spellbinder die a few weeks ago. But for the most part, I don't like dragging out gadgets or tools to do a l/o. Maybe if I had a "station" set up with everything ready to go...
I think I've discovered that I just love paper. Sometimes I just don't want to cover up the pretty paper with photos! How far away from actual sbing is that?!
And this year I'm going to limit my c/s purchases to only buying a few sheets of what matches the pp that I buy. I have quite a bit of c/s that I've bought over the years and I'm just not using it. So I'm ready to purge some of that and concentrate on matching to pp now. I even wrote this down on a note to myself.
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Posted: 3/29/2013 9:53:00 AM
My only real gadget besides my computer and printer is my Fiskars paper trimmer.


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Posted: 3/29/2013 9:59:58 AM
I have a bigshot and a cricut that I brought in 2007- used once!

In other aspects of my life, I have gadgets for everything, I just like bare bones scrapbooking! So you are totally not alone!


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Posted: 3/29/2013 10:04:41 AM
Yeah I have to admit that I am gadget girl.
I just recently purchased a Cameo and have used it on every page since!
I don't have a heat gun. I sold mine and now wish I hadn't as embossing has kind of made a come back. It's a bit like when I got rid of my vellum because it was 'too old school' and now it's back with vengeance.



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Posted: 3/29/2013 10:16:55 AM

I don't think I will ever understand the one 3x3 picture on a layout


It just means you have a different goal in scrapping. I'm not an event scrapper. I have pictures of Easter every year, for example, but they all kind of run together- same event, same people, etc. I have literally hundreds of pictures of Easter and I'm not going to scrap all of them.

I just pick a couple of photos and scrapbook those. I'm just trying to showcase a particularly great photo. The rest of the photos remain in boxes. When I want to look at a bunch of photos I just go to my box.

Obviously, other people have different goals than I do.

On topic:

I'm not a gadget person, either. I do have a Cricut, which I like, and I have a ton of punches that I use all of the time. Besides that, I'm pretty gadget free.

I am seldom happy with a layout if I put 3 or more pictures on a page. It is just too cramped and I need room for my photos to "breathe". I like one or two photos and I love messy stacks for matting. I like embellishments but I don't pile them on. I have about a half dozen layout designs that I really like and I keep returning to them again and again.

I love trendy scrapping. Every layout I've done this year has washi tape and/or enamel dots and/or wood veneer and/or flair badges. I love new releases of papers and can't wait to get the latest thing on my layout.


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Posted: 3/29/2013 1:44:16 PM
I've learned that I'm not concerned with efficiency.

It takes me a long time to do a LO. I can crank out a card quickly if I have to, but I prefer taking my time. I don't mind taking half an hour looking for just the right Cricut image.

I don't have all the latest gadgets, but I have a lot. I love having "the right tool for the right job," as my DH would say. I even use the Basic Grey notch tool that everyone complained about - I don't use it often, but when I need it, it's great!

Another thing I've learned is that I enjoy matchy-matchy. I like having a paper pack and embellishments from the same line. So sue me.

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Posted: 3/29/2013 4:21:18 PM
I am not a gadget girl at all!!! I don't own any die cut machines and have just the basic punches that I use over and over again. I also don't follow most trends...have never used a chevron on a LO (but do want to try it). I just dont get feathers,mustaches,hexagons and some of the others. I do love arrows and do not consider them trendy since I have used them for ten years


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Posted: 3/29/2013 5:25:52 PM
I love this thread! I am a gadget girl! I love gadgets and tools and will try anything once. There are gadgets and tools out there that I don't have such as the crop-o-dile and the Cameo. But that is because I already have eyelet setters and I have a Cricut and Slice that do not get used.
But I sure do love my Big Shot!



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Posted: 3/29/2013 9:44:53 PM
Not a gadget girl either. I use my sewing machine on a very regular basis but that's it. My circuit was given to my playgroup craft group to borrow and thickers are my best friend


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Posted: 3/30/2013 6:33:24 AM
LOVE my tools and use some subset of them for every single layout - Cricut, Big shot, heat gun, punches. I used tons of cardstock and some pattern paper. Don't own Washi, thickers, chevrons, wood verneer. Own but don't use twine, ribbon, fibers, chipboard (except for minibook covers).

If I'm going to Cricut something, I tend to batch process - ALL the titles for an album, for example, or all the parts for all the piecings for a set of pages.

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Posted: 3/30/2013 10:53:22 AM

Another thing I've learned is that I enjoy matchy-matchy. I like having a paper pack and embellishments from the same line. So sue me.

Kate-pea, that is me too!! I like the matchy-matchy. My papers have to match my photos. I will mix mfrs as long as it matches color/tone wise. I am a bit of a gadget girl when it comes to scrapbooking. I have a few die cutting machines, an assortment of punches (not a huge amount, but a good bunch). I am not into the trends. I don't own any eyelets (never have). I don't own any alcohol inks. The mists have come in my kits, as with the washi. I have bought very few on my own.

In my personal life, I am not a gadget girl. I don't own any apple products... no iPod, iPad, iPhone,etc. I have a lot of gadgets in my kitchen, which I used to use them all. But the last few years not so much. Give me a good knife, cutting boards and a few other things and I am good.

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Posted: 3/30/2013 11:32:05 AM
I am certainly not a gadget gal either! No die-cut machines at my house. Totally not my style, and to me they just get outdated right away with new! better! shinier! now in pink! versions all the time anyway. The only gadget I have is the Cropodile, and I am not sure I have ever even used the dang thing. But I do like to stay abreast of what's trendy.

I have learned lately that I want to use patterned paper, a bit of embellies/flowers/bling, some Thickers for the title, maybe a bit of ribbon or Washi tape and that's about it.






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BucketHead

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Posted: 3/30/2013 2:24:40 PM
I can be a lazy scrapbooker and even though I have a Big Shot and Cricut most of the time I just use something premade.


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StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 3/30/2013 9:10:25 PM
I've learned that I shouldn't use spray colour mist unless I have the patience to let my LO dry.

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StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 4/1/2013 9:43:56 AM
I'm not a gadget girl either. I have the old original Quickutz Silhouette (before they were Silhouette America), and I haven't used it in ages. It's too much of a pain to drag it out and use it, and I have no where to set it up permanently.

I much rather have a bunch of embellies to slap down onto a layout and call it good.



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Posted: 4/1/2013 10:58:42 AM
I have lots of gadgets. Both in my personal life, my professional life, and my crafting life. My iPhone is rarely more than arms reach away. There are four computers in my house, but only two people. Lots of electronics.

In my craft room, I have lots of non-electronic gadgets, as well as heat guns, a Cricut, a Cameo...

I rarely use any of them, outside of the paper trimmers. My scrapbook style tends to be very simple, and very linear. Very graphic, magazine style layouts. I'm actually moving more towards digital scrapping, simply because I don't want to be bothered with the mess.


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Posted: 4/1/2013 11:13:41 AM
I've learned that if I can't see what I have, I don't use it. So I have been and continue to work on storage that emphasizes this.

I've also discovered that I don't like doing anything besides 12 x 12 scrapbooking. No different sizes, no divided page protectors, no cards, etc. 12 x 12 is what I do.

If I don't sit down and do the journaling right away, it's not likely to get done. I have a crazy number of pages that have little or no journaling on them because I told myself I would get to it later. Now I do it as I create the page, because I know I won't get to it later.

I will quickly fill up all available desk space.

. . . and this list may grow.


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StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 4/1/2013 11:30:10 AM
I have learned that I am a simple scrapper. I want the pictures to be the focus of the page-not a lot of artwork-especially artwork that I don't feel goes with the subject matter.

Now if I am making a card, I will go more elaborate than my scrap pages.

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Posted: 4/1/2013 12:34:30 PM
I've learned that I scrapbook for the creative outlet and I'm not a very goal-oriented scrapper. I've come to accept that I will NEVER be caught up scrapping my photos because that's not what motivates me to scrap. While I love a completed album, I only have a handful. I'm all about experimenting with techniques, using my (many) gadgets, and having fun. Also, I've learned that I've got to be careful about not getting caught up buying the latest and greatest because I have just as much fun using things that are 5 -10 years old as the most recent products.

Gadget girl here and proud of it (should probably be in my siggy)


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