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Posted: 7/11/2013 12:09:04 PM
I am one of those who shops more than I scrap. My scrap life is a disorganized mess with stuff in the closet, on my desk and in the dining room... So, my birthday gift to myself was to attack it and organize it so I can enjoy creating again. Well, I now know how much stuff I have and it's wrong. If I scrapped a lot I wouldn't feel too bad, but I don't scrap a lot. I want to, but the reality of life mixed with how much time I waste being disorganized in every area of my life just don't make it possible.
So, I've got to make a change. Don't know where to start. But I do know I am not buying anything for a very very long time. very long time. Except for the 3x4 punch. But I justify that because it is a tool and not a consumable.

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Posted: 7/11/2013 12:17:54 PM
Aw, don't be so hard on yourself!
If you think you have too much stuff, I think it's great you've recognized that and are willing to do something about it! But, I will also admit that I don't think there is a single thing wrong with being a collector of supplies, provided that collection stays within an individual's means.

Have fun using up your stash and all of your lovely items you had fun shopping for! Maybe once you've organized your supplies and have used some, you'll have a new understanding of what you need and use.

It took me a few years of shopping and not using certain items to really realize what I like to buy isn't always the same as what I actually use. Now I feel almost no guilt or regret over the supplies I do have, because I feel pretty confident I will use most of them someday, and I try to enjoy the occasional indulgence because I'm pretty thrifty and practical the rest of the time.

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Posted: 7/11/2013 12:30:16 PM

Don't know where to start. But I do know I am not buying anything for a very very long time. very long time.

That won't work! It's kind of like going on a diet - you set in feelings of deprivation. Instead, why not just plan a purchase every so often so you taking control of your situation is more of a positive than a negative. Like, you could spend a certain $ amount per a certain number of pages completed. I think you might find that you actually make better choices because a. you won't make impulse purchases, b. you'll know your scrap style better and/or it can evolve without you buying too much stuff as you go through stages and c. you'll learn that you don't need so much stuff as you learn a new habit.

But, please, don't be disgusted with yourself. Just find ways to use up your stash and keep your tools organized.


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Posted: 7/11/2013 12:36:33 PM
Don't be too hard on yourself. Take that stash and enjoy it!

If you're having trouble starting, I'd use a sketch, scraplift or one of Shimelle's starting points ... don't overthink it. Cut the paper without worry and go until it's done. Use a piece of cardstock for your background even, recently Wilna said something like "screwing up on a piece of cardstock is an inexpensive mistake." it was like a bolt of lightening for me. .50 is basically nothing. Now you can't even get a candy bar or a soda for .50 so it's a great way to experiment.

If time is the issue, try going piece by piece. Take a few minutes to gather up some supplies. Next choose the photo. Then cut the paper. Then assemble. Embellish. Journal. If you do it in small bits at a time, you can fit it into life when things get chaotic.

Once that pile gets smaller, I usually go by a "ratio rule". For ever 3 pieces of I use from my stash, I can buy 1 more. That keeps things from building up.

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Posted: 7/11/2013 12:49:01 PM
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Posted: 7/11/2013 12:54:19 PM
Maybe try to set a challenge for yourself to use up a certain amount of things or something. Don't be so hard on yourself!


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Posted: 7/11/2013 1:03:49 PM
This could be me! Although I am not disgusted, I love my stuff. I just have too much. Last night I went through a basket of stickers and pulled out a bunch that are older. I took out a box of photos that I want to scrap. Went through all the photos and pulled out the pics I am going to scrap. I have those sitting on my desk now. I have just made a conscious decision to use up this stuff. If the pages aren't trendy or perfect, that is ok. They will be done. My kids will enjoy seeing them in a book.
It is so easy to shop. I think I am making the scrapping process much harder by over thinking it. I am hoping once I get back into the habit of scrapping my more artistic side will come out, but for now I just want to get the story down on paper. Good luck. I know how easy it is to get overwhelmed with the stuff.

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Posted: 7/11/2013 1:04:33 PM

Don't be too hard on yourself. Just choose some photos to scrap and start. I'm sure that you'll find it fun. And the advantage that you have is that you won't need to go to the store to get anything since you have such a large stash.

Have fun and enjoy yourself. Once you start using your stash you feelings of guilt will be replaced by feelings of accomplishment of having completed pages.


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Posted: 7/11/2013 1:07:14 PM
Why not make up a little art journal and just start using some of your stash as you please, without worrying about photos or events. Maybe just add quotes or text that you like. It will get the juices flowing, you will use some stuff and maybe get inspired to find a better way to scrap.

And I know you want the punch (by all means if u really want it, get it!) but its super easy to cut cardstock to 3x4 with a trimmer and round the corners with a punch if you want to save on that. Not trying to kill your buzz, but just trying to help with your purchases!


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Posted: 7/11/2013 1:08:54 PM
I started with my paper. Pulled it all out did card stock then patterned. Card stock I did by color, don't over think it some could go in several places just do it. Same with patterned paper. You can sort by color pattern maker whatever just do it you can always revise it if it doesn't work for you. Label drawers or 12 x 12 cases like fro Joanns I like the handles. Sort your embellishments by theme or whatever works for you. The important thing is to just start doing it. I am always revising when I see something doesn't work or figure out another way. But just having it somewhat organized will really help. Oh and get a basket and don't be afraid to purge. Good Luck And don't be hard on yourself. Many of us have gone through this me included. Another Idea is if you have a friend that scraps see if they can help sometimes having someone to help with the old kick in the tushy.


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Posted: 7/11/2013 1:11:25 PM
I just wanted to let you know you are not alone. I have and buy more than I use. At times I feel frustrated trying to organize my existing stash, then I fill up another cart here and click purchase. It's a vicious cycle.


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Posted: 7/11/2013 1:17:29 PM
You are totally not alone. I think that I like shopping for scrapbooking supplies more than I actually like scrapping! When I go into my craft room to scrap, I usually find myself shopping at my favorite online store instead of digging out the stuff I've already got and creating a layout! Every so often DH comes into my room and shakes his head at the amount of stuff I've collected. I always thought he was being ridiculous... but just the other day I finally admitted to myself that I do have too much stuff. But having said that, I simply adore my stash and I know that when the summer is over and we're settling in to some cooler temperatures, I will actually get the urge to sit down and create a layout or two. And somehow for me that justifies all the shopping I have done... and will continue to do!

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Posted: 7/11/2013 1:19:14 PM
I know exactly how you feel. Now when I do a layout I always use something old and something new. It helps me use up my older stuff and I usually love how it comes out

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Posted: 7/11/2013 1:38:59 PM
I hear you and can totally relate! I have a HUGE (GIGANTIC PILE) really of stuff that I want to get rid of because I want to put myself on a "scrapbook diet". All of my stuff is actually stressing me out because it's everywhere and I can't even focus when I actually do have a chunk of time to scrapbook because I have to move stuff around to see my desk and then I have to FIND stuff. LOL! This "stuff" is weighing me down and if I can get rid of it I'll feel much better. I only belong to one KIT club so I'm not buying a bunch of stuff besides that... YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!


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Posted: 7/11/2013 1:59:24 PM

It took me a few years of shopping and not using certain items to really realize what I like to buy isn't always the same as what I actually use.

This is me! For example, I have all sorts of Tim Holtz's stuff. I love to buy it but I simply don't use it. And those packages take up so much room!

As I'm scrapping more (I've been in a scrapping slump for many months for a variety of reasons), I'm really coming to see what supplies I use. I'll think, "Gosh, I wish I had...." and that's what I buy now. Of course some other goodies will often sneak their way in my bucket, but those scrappy goodies can be sneaky that way!


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Posted: 7/11/2013 2:51:05 PM
Sounds like me... A Pea on another thread talked about how collecting can be a hobby so if shopping/collecting stuff is where you get your enjoyment, then that's okay... But if it's not making you happy (truly not making you happy, not that you feel guilty or self-conscious about collecting vs making stuff), then shake up your habits a bit...

I've realized that I do like collecting some stuff, so that stuff gets it's own box and it's just pretty stuff that I like to look though, that makes me smile, and that gets me excited about the possibility of creating stuff... Then there's the stuff that I actually use...LOL

I pushed out the whole mess of stuff in my craft room into the hall... The stuff that I 'collect' went into an Iris box, and I went over the other stuff with a very harsh eye... I went through my things like I was going through a clearance sale where I could fill up three bins of stuff to 'buy'/keep... The rest, I gave away... If it didn't make it into one of those bins, no matter how much I liked it, I liked something else better...

I've learnt that while I like to collect things, I'm happiest and most at ease with less stuff... Doesn't matter if it's clothes or craft stuff or books or cookie cutters... I'm happier with a less cluttered house and I'm happy having less decisions about what to do with everything...

In my craft room, I have containers for stuff and if that container is full then there's no more room for me to buy more... If I buy something and it doesn't fit in the container, then something has to go... I'll either return the item I just bought, or give away something I already had... I've become very territorial about what I bring into my home/my space... It can be a hard choice, but it means that when I go to make a LO I don't have as much to choose from so my creative process is more simple and enjoyable... For me it's a great trade off - I like getting the decision out of the way when I bring stuff into the house instead of when I'm in the mood to use the stuff...

Don't be hard on yourself... Part of being creative is learning and discovering things about yourself... It might not be what you thought you'd learn, but you're learning things now that will help you create a better and happier life in all ways


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Posted: 7/11/2013 3:35:51 PM
I look at my stash/mess in my scrap room and seriously need to purge. Do I really need all of the K&Co and MM stuff that I collected eons ago? I will keep all of my Bazzill since I do use card stock for my backgrounds all the time but I need to do a serious purge on my PP. I have Dena Designs and Tracy Porter from the early 2000's among other stuff that I will never use. Its time for this stuff to go! Simplify my stash!!!
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Posted: 7/11/2013 4:14:47 PM
Shimelle is almost finishing a free six week course on uk scrappers where she breaks down the process day by day. Give it a try it will mean you get one layout done a week. It's a start

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Posted: 7/11/2013 4:16:43 PM
Don't beat yourself up about it!!! You've identified a problem, now you can find your solution.

My messy stash is totally getting in the way of my scrapping. My strategy is to make 50 projects before I can shop for new stuff. It's really helping me 'earn' my next shopping spree and rethink my impulses to buy the latest and greatest stuff.


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Posted: 7/11/2013 4:16:54 PM
I feel your pain I do scrap often but I shop way more.. And I'm in the middle of re organizing all of my things.. I have bought way WAY to much from this last CHA and I haven't really used any of it! I don't know why I always like to "save" the products.. Makes no sence to me.. So now I have almost every single complete collection from jan. on and with the new CHA this month and all the beautiful products that will be coming out I wanna kick myself lol., its horrible! I'm on a mission now to use it up and not buy anything else!! I mean atleast until next month don't feel bad we all do it, I swear I think it just goes with this hobbie "scrapping and shopping" lol



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Posted: 7/11/2013 4:42:46 PM
Can someone link the Shimelle Free class about going through your stuff? That sounds very interesting. If I had an ENTIRE free weekend, I really like the idea of moving EVERYTHING out of the room and then only filling up with stuff I will actually USE.


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Posted: 7/11/2013 8:15:57 PM
Every time I have to organize my scrap room I think NO MORE, but it never works.
I feel your pain.

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Posted: 7/11/2013 8:33:47 PM
I completely feel your pain. I've felt that way for a long time; always thinking I was just going to sit at my table, reacquaint myself with my stuff and magically create pages again. Wrong. The first night I stared at the wall, and the table top and wanted to cry. Turned off the light after about an hour of not being productive at anything at all. About a week later, gave it a go once again and cried for about 20 minutes.

Too many things have changed. Too many old products have been phased out, new styles are more popular. Looking at galleries for ideas only frustrated me more.

Well, this past Monday was "the day". It's been too hot, muggy and rainy to be outside so I locked myself in the basement (where my craft corner is) and asked that no one bother me. I managed to organize a small pile on the table top, then I cleaned it with the magic eraser and some windex. All the glue disappeared, all the inks and residue was cleaned up. It was now or never.

Look at me now...

It's a start....

My kids are in summer school for the next 3 weeks. I decided to investigate my favorite two scrapbooking stores while waiting for them and now feel like I'm somewhat on a roll.

When the moment is right, run with it. Start with the paper. It's the most overwhelming. Create one single page with some current photos. I'm a chronological scrapper- it killed me to do something current first, when I KNOW I'm 8 years behind but I forced myself to do it. This year's dance photos can only be partially done because the individual photos that go with the group photos are hanging on the wall now.

I think you know you're not alone now. Lots of replies here for you. Let's walk this walk together and get through it all!

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Posted: 7/11/2013 9:17:55 PM
I can totally relate and I have the same issue... I found that all that product that I liked, but would never use actually blocked my creativity. So I pulled it all out, kept the stuff I really loved and felt I would use.... And took part in a scrapbook garage sale at my local store. I had already decided that if it left my house it would not be coming back, so whatever didn't sell (it was ALOT) got donated to the Girl Scouts, CHOC, and Boys and Girls Club. Yes, it was a lot of money, but it felt good to give to a good cause & open up my mind.


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Posted: 7/12/2013 3:11:24 AM
I feel your pain. I, like so many other peas, can completely relate. I've been trying to use my stash. I just created a layout using some product from 2008 (trust me, it's not even the oldest stuff in my stash).

Dh keeps telling me I have to purge but I have an unexplainable attachment to some of my supplies and can't always stop from buying some of the new fun stuff that's released (like those neon enamel dots and Evalicious stamps and don't forget the Atlantic and Pier collections. sigh.). So I'm trying to use up some of my stash and will try to purge some of my older pattern papers that will never get used.

Try not to judge yourself too harshly. We have all been there. My philosophy - try to organize a little, purge a little, and create more. There are quite a few of us in the same boat so know that you are not alone.

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Posted: 7/12/2013 10:50:21 AM
I am also there! I took a break from scrapping for a couple years, and took a look at my stash I do not need to buy a thing. I worked in a scrapbook stores for years, I could open a store lol, but I sat at my desk and got some what organized and got with my scrapbook friends we get together every month or so. It's been great as are all our kids are growing out from us and we can relate. It's all fun the shopping putting pages together, love every bit step by step. Just bring pictures out and just start no guilt, have fun where always here


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Posted: 7/12/2013 12:50:47 PM
I could have written the OP's post. I have so much stuff! I even did a re-organization of my craft room in May and I still cannot get over the amount of stuff that I have left after purging. I did a scrapbook yard sale and sold $400 worth of stuff at $.25 - $2.00 each and it barely made a dent. I have decided that outside of the stuff that I have pre-ordered from my LSS, I am not going to be buying new stuff until I have completed 50 layouts and caught up my Project Life.

I've discovered that I am addicted to the latest and greatest. No sooner do I decide that I am done buying and I'm off looking at online stores. I've decided to trick myself and look at kit clubs then pull similar items out of my stash. I've got my first kit to counterfeit this weekend. And for anything I can't get out of my stash, I am learning to use my silhouette software to design labels, tabs and journaling cards. Hopefully that will help me curb my spending.

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Posted: 7/12/2013 1:43:49 PM
There was an organization challenge that was started by I think by identicaltriplets and then CrisAnn (not sure if I have that right) took over after the first round or two. It's been done about 4 times. I did it and it was so incredible. Hopefully some other Pea will pop in with a link to it. I tried searching but came up with nothing. If not, I'll start another thread to find it.

If you like the idea of taking everything out of your room and starting over this is for you, because that's one of the options for starting. We had a weekly (might have been 2 weeks) per item challenge, like paper, stamps, markers, and so on.

At the beginning of the weekly challenge would be some advice on the different ways to store that item and links to the storage products. We (while the challenge was going) would post during the week about how we were doing. It was great and I got a lot of ideas by all of the sharing of ideas. While we did each item on the list we purged that group-like markers, test them decide which to keep, throw out, sell (on Two Peas For Sale/Trade forum) or donate.

That last time it was run was about a year ago, but you could do it on your own. Start at the beginning and each week (or two if it was done for two weeks) go on to the next item. The hard part is going to be making yourself accountable so that you will keep with it. One idea is to keep a journal. Post in the journal about how it is going, how you feel and before and after photos.

Don't quit! I made it all the way through and now it is so easy to know how to find for instance a stamp with a bicycle on it out of the hundreds of stamps I have in about 2 minutes. That happens with all of my stash over and over now. I love it!

The challenges have all been saved in their entirety here on the board somewhere.

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Posted: 7/12/2013 3:15:05 PM

Except for the 3x4 punch.  But I justify that because it is a tool and not a consumable. 

I hope you find a good balance. sounds like lots of people are in your boat or have been at some point.

I just wanted to say, regarding your final sentence: That's the kind of thinking that probably got you into your situation. Don't buy anything, including that punch, until you are back into the groove. otherwise, it will be just another item in your donate pile the next time you feel disgusted with yourself or all that stuff.

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Posted: 7/12/2013 5:14:27 PM
OP-I opened another thread called "Remember the Organization Challenge-Where can I find it?" and the Pea that led most of them answered with a master link to all of them. Just scroll down to the bottom of the post and you'll see it. Her Pea name is cristi_ann.

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Posted: 7/12/2013 5:14:46 PM
I've been there many times. We recently moved and I was forced to purge some of it; Then, setting up in a new craft room, I still have way too much stuff to use in this lifetime, but I made everything accessible and labeled so finding exactly what I need is not an issue anymore. I find that every time I look through my supplies I fall in love with what I have and it always results in new creative ideas.
Perhaps it would help you to reorganize too?

My Achille's heel is not new releases, it's what I find in discount places like TJMaxx and Tuesday Mornings - Tim Holtz Alteration die for $4.99 when retail is $19.99 - how can I pass that up?! Most of the time I go into these stores NOT for scrapping materials but the darn things find me! ahhhh!!!
I found that if I don't open posts like "New CHA sneaks" then I don't even know, care, or desire what's out there. Also, when you scrap for so long, all the new releases seem to be the same old with a new twist to it, case in point vellum (still have some patterned vellum from 2004).

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