|Posted: 6/26/2013 11:28:36 PM|
I have been scrapbooking since 1999, but took a 5 year break (got divorced, went back to school, etc). Within the last year, I am happy to have found my love of scrapbooking again. In my older days, I had accumulated a huge a stash that I have held onto, but I am not finding myself inspired by most the older papers and embellies.
So, some of you peas have motivated me to do a major purge of my stash. I am just finding it SO hard to give up all of that paper. For example, I have an entire CH paper holder of SEI and Chatterbox from the early 2000s. I don't really see myself using it, but I just can't bare to give it up. I am not sure if it's guilt of all of the money I spent on it, the fear of wanting it back again next year, or what???
Loc: Pacific NW
|Posted: 6/26/2013 11:42:06 PM|
You will get lots of different opinions. I have been scrapping since 1996. I never purge (although I do share freely with my 3 young adult dd's). Everything I have I bought because I liked it. A lot comes back into style again (stencils, vellum etc.) and patterned papers can be distressed, inked, painted, cut into die cuts or tags. I really like shopping my stash and finding ways to use my old stuff.
It depends if you have the space and if you feel better shopping your stash or getting rid of it. I think it is a personal decision.
Sugar Snap Pea
|Posted: 6/26/2013 11:44:49 PM|
One of the things you need to decide is whether you have the storage space for all the old stuff and the new things you will need to buy. If not, then you need to purge. If you have the space, then you need to decide whether you feel stifled by having so much, overwhelmed, or whether it makes you feel good and you think you will dig in and use the old stuff.
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|Posted: 6/26/2013 11:46:27 PM|
I purge every once in awhile. Sometimes it's hard to let the paper go, but I can only store so much. I have niece that has started paper crafting so I give her my purged paper and I know that it will get used.
|~ Michelle ~
|Posted: 6/27/2013 12:14:06 AM|
I recommend purging/donating the paper if you don't have a lot of storage space or you feel pressured to use it just because you have it and not because you really want to. I prefer to scrap without guilt. Once it is gone eventually the guilt will go too.
I give my unwanted paper to my niece or my step daughters. They love it and I get to clean out my stash. It's a win/win situation because I need the storage and I don't want them using my good stuff that I have plans for. They are pretty creative with my unwanted stuff.
Loc: Seattle, WA, USA
|Posted: 6/27/2013 12:17:21 AM|Preschools, church kids' programs, and daycares will LOVE your old patterned paper and stickers, if that helps you to know that someone will actually use it.
I do save the old stuff I still like, even if it isn't "cool", especially simple patterns like dots, grid, etc. And the photorealistic paper with green grass on it, which I used in Project Life a few months ago, and the clouds paper which made a comeback in one of Maggie Holmes' designs
Your friends and family won't know or care if you used "old product" in your scrapbooks, so if you do still like some of it, then i say keep them and mix in new stuff to get inspired.
|Posted: 6/27/2013 6:10:28 AM|
You say that you are not inspired by it...so will you use it or will it stay around and make you feel guilty? You can always put it away in a box and in a couple of months, if you haven't touched it, send it off to someone who will. I always feel good when I clean through things that no longer make me happy and give them to someone who will use them. I feel like it frees my space and my mind. Best of luck and welcome back to the scrappy world!!
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pages scrapped: 105 - 12x12
Project Life: completed
pages scrapped: 178 - 12x12; 54 - 7x7
Project Life: completed
|Posted: 6/27/2013 6:35:15 AM|
i have purged plenty and there were some papers that i just didn't want to give up. i've never regretted anything i've sent to new homes and the items i didn't want to let go are slowly being intermixed with current lines and being put to use.
if you don't feel like you can part with items, then don't. maybe purge on an annual basis and if you still haven't used those supplies or feel differently, then you can let it go. or maybe not. don't feel like you *have* to do anything. it's what best suits you to create a happy scrappy space!
Loc: in my scraproom in PA
|Posted: 6/27/2013 7:21:05 AM|
Just like I clean out my closets full of clothes, shoes, the coat closet, pet baskets full of toys, my kids toys and clothes, pantry, etc...I clean out and purge my scrappy goodies as well. The guilt for me is trying to convince myself that I will eventually use it. But in all honest, I probably won't. So I purge and that relieves the guilt for me. I did two major purges this year, donated and did several RAKs. I have been frozen this year until end of July when I attend CKC Lancaster. I have changed my mindset when I purchase now and I will only buy what I KNOW I WILL USE. I also, no longer buy two sheets of double side paper unless I absolutely love both sides or its a cut-a-part type of paper. Other than that I buy one sheet.
Since you are now back in the game, purge, start fresh, and re-organize. Start with 4 boxes, (1) Donate, (2) RAK (3) Sell - if you have the time to price and post (4) Can't decide - hold on to for a month and then go through that box again.
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Loc: Queens NYC
|Posted: 6/27/2013 7:58:07 AM|
i purged a few months back - you get overwhelmed with so much stuff that i created 3 piles yes no and maybe and i kept only the yes LOL
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|Posted: 6/27/2013 8:29:28 AM|
It depends on you. Do you like to purge your clothes, shoes, etc? Do you keep everything?
If having the items you are not using doesn't bother you keep them in a container on your desk so you can see them and use them.
If having the items bothers you then donate.
Loc: product of the Baltic coast
|Posted: 6/27/2013 9:26:37 AM|I also have a lot of Chatterbox from when I started scrapping late 2004, also entire collection of Daisy D's. I couldn't donate these because I still love the prints, and especially Daisy D's vintage country look. I still use them from time to time, as that is the style I love. Some other lines like KI Memories, or Provo Craft papers, I could donate with less guilt because they don't speak to my heart as much, KWIM? Don't follow the trends and just keep that which still speaks to your heart.
I made this page with Daisy D's old papers....but I don't look at this paper line as 'old'...I'd buy more if they still made paper.
|Posted: 6/27/2013 9:51:36 AM|It's very hard for me to purge even though I have a lot of older stuff including some things from the mid 90s. I also took a very long break from scrapping, so I understand the feelings associated with looking at old supplies.
One of the things that I did was reorganize my papers into different categories. I organized from stripes, polka dots, etc into Manufacturers. With a lot of my old papers I couldn't tell the manufacturer or it came from a big pack so I did put some of them back into the old categories, but I made the categories broader such as geometric instead of stripes, polka dots, etc. In addition to Manufacturers, and my older (now broader) categories, I made color groups categories that I keep right next to my cardstock.
For example, if I was looking at an old paper and it was mostly red with an all over print, I put it in my red papers. This way I can use that paper as I would red cardstock or any other red printed pattern paper.
What this exercise accomplished was giving me fresh eyes for my old supplies. Sure there were things that I saw that I put in the donate pile but what happened most was that I saw combinations of my older papers working with my newer papers. It was surprising to me how many of the old mixed so well with the new. I also didn't realize how many of my older papers could work like a solid or how many of my older papers would work as a great background paper.
In addition, I also put to the side two other piles of papers: those papers I didn't like but that had a white back side and papers that I really don't like anymore.
I use the white papers as I would white cardstock to mat photos. I often mat a photo on white before applying it to a LO and using old papers is a great use for this. Secondly, I don't like to use a full sheet of paper as a background if I am going to mostly cover it with another piece of paper. I cut out the middle of the paper of those background papers and save the scraps. I also don't like to use a full sheet if I just want a band of it showing at the top and bottom so I will cut off strips of that paper and add them to a large middle piece of a different piece of patterned paper. These kinds of LOs get stabilized by adhering them to a piece of older paper that I don't like anymore. (I hope this makes sense!)
I haven't gone through my other types of supplies yet, but I am planning on donating a bunch of my older stickers to the children's library programs. I've already asked and I know that they can use them. I think with my stamps I may box up a bunch of them and put them in the basement for a few months (maybe until school starts again?) and then if I don't even look for them, I'll donate them or sell in a yard sale, etc.
I know that I am among the minority when it comes to the question of purging but for me it was really hard to just decide to get rid of it. After reorganizing my paper I could see it with fresh eyes and it seems like I have a bunch of new stuff. It was a bit easier for me to make this decision since I am blessed with a scrap room and I have enough room for all of this goodness.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: East Coast
|Posted: 6/27/2013 10:06:18 AM|
I just gave away my Chatterbox collection this weekend to someone I know will love and use it.
My style has changed. What I scrap has changed. So it only makes sense that the supplies that I like and will use have also changed. I got rid of what doesn't fit my new style and kept what does, regardless of how old or new it is. Basics like card stock, ink, brads, punches, etc I kept. Lots of PP went out the door. Lots of stickers, embellishments found their way to my 7 yo's stash.
Everything in my room is now something I can see myself using. I may do another purge to whittle it down to my absolute favorites but maybe not. I guess it becomes a matter of prioritizing for space.
|Posted: 6/27/2013 10:27:59 AM|
Ambergirl, I loved Daisy D's, too! I have used all of mine. Your linked page is beautiful.
I don't purge by how old something is, just by "do I still love it?". If I don't love it and it doesn't inspire me...let it go. It's very liberating. Plus, there is ALWAYS a fun new line down the road.
Loc: New Jersey
|Posted: 6/27/2013 1:22:32 PM|DO NOT KEEP IT OVER GUILT!!! And, DO NOT KEEP IT OVER MONEY!!!
Keeping it will not get you the money back. Water under the bridge. It gave you pleasure when you bought it, just like whatever clothes, movie tickets, margaritas, etc... that you bought 10 years ago gave you. All of those "things" are gone, but there's no need to feel guilty that you bought them when you did, because they made you happy then. The only thing that sets this paper apart and turns it into a problelm is that it's still here. The flip side: you got more years of enjoyment out of this paper than you did from any margarita you had in 1999.
If I bought something back in 1999 that I still love, but for whatever reason don't wear or use, I wouldn't feel bad about keeping it. (I have some home decor items in this category, actually.) If you still love it, don't burden yourself with whether or not you'll use it on projects. You can keep things you love.
I insert the disclaimer of course that you're not suffering from severe clutter or storage deficits/it's not causing you harm in any other way... it doesn't sound like that's the case.
If it bothers you having it in your stash or it's taking away room you'd rather use for papers that are project-worthy, (if you have room for this) get yourself a pretty box and put your special "to be seen and not used" papers in and remove them from your stash to someplace else. It's okay, really!
You should keep things you love! You just shouldn't keep things you don't love, over guilt or money!
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 6/27/2013 1:32:41 PM|
I vote purge, or put it in a box for a year and if you don't miss it, thne purge/donate it.
Donna in GA
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 6/27/2013 2:16:37 PM|
If you decide to get rid of the Chatterbox paper, I would love to have the opportunity to buy some of it from you! I am sure some others would as well.
|Posted: 6/27/2013 8:06:54 PM|
Wow! Thanks everyone for all the thoughtful advice! This is the first time I have posted a question and I am overwhelmed by the support of the peas, happy scrapping!
Loc: Sunny Florida
|Posted: 6/27/2013 8:17:44 PM|
I just purged about 2 bankers boxes of paper & stickers & such & I still have loads of stuff.
Sometimes cutting back a bit helps you to focus & reacquaints you with the old stuff you do love so you'll be more apt to use it.
If you give your old stuff to someone who appreciates it, it just feels good.
Go ahead and get rid of some of your old stuff. It will / can actually feel good!
|Posted: 6/27/2013 9:45:51 PM|
Irma I love your page, I have that same collection of paper and you have inspired me to pull it out. About purging, if you like the paper and will use it keep, it if not get rid of it.
Stuck In The Bucket
|Posted: 6/28/2013 9:02:49 AM|
I have a ton of stuff that over the years i bought for specific purposes but have not scrapped yet
last year i resort all of my paper and embellishments into varying categories that worked for me and scrapping has been so much easier
I have kiddos and such so this so worked for me
here is how i have paper sorted:
Matt - oldest son - anything to do with him / army etc
Jessica - this is my daughter that passed away so all her papers go in here
Caleb - our youngest son - school / karate etc go here
All about Me
All About Hubby
Family - this is for any paper bought regarding all family - mom dad grandparents cousins siblings etc
then each holiday has own folder
so far sorting my paper and embellishments into these catergories as much as i can works awesome
I have scrapped 116 pages this year
|Posted: 6/28/2013 9:15:42 AM|
I went through everything and filled two huge boxes of stuff for my daughter and step-daughter. Now I feel like everything I have is just what I love and it's made making layouts so much easier. The plus side is they have their own stash now and I don't have to worry about them using up my favorite stuff. Everything is so much more compact and organized now - I know where everything is.
Half Way There!
|Posted: 6/28/2013 1:28:47 PM|
I was in that same place a few years ago. What helped me was to do a small purge. Once I realized I never missed it once it was gone, it was easier to do a second round. I still haven't done what I would call a large purge, but I am continually finding things I don't like or use to purge. I have given some away to my kids school, given some away to new scrappers, sold some and gave some to my kids. Welcome back to scrapping!
|Posted: 6/28/2013 6:36:35 PM|
I vote purge! I say this only for efficiency's sake. I have lots of room but i find it hard to scrap when you have too much stuff. I spend lots of time sorting and looking for things i just know are somewhere in my large stash.
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Loc: product of the Baltic coast
|Posted: 6/28/2013 7:48:11 PM|Thank you mikklynn and Dotinurse!
I was so sad to see daisy D's bite the dust, but I'm glad I have so much left of their vintage-inspired patterned papers.
It's such a personal thing to advise on - to purge or not to. I keep a lot of older product around, and do actually try to inc. it with newer product. I just finished a page using Love Elsie embellishment and LUXE paper....it was the perfect touch for the theme and photos. So you never know, you might get around to using it (playing the devil's advocate here)
Mine is not a popular opinion perhaps, but only YOU know what your comfort zone is.