Anyone else ever feel like this? "Stash inadequacy"

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Posted 11/19/2012 by ladyinblack1964 in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 11/19/2012 6:47:04 PM
Hi, everybody:

This is the first year I am doing JYC/DD. I don't ordinarily scrap (I'm more of an art journaler) and I don't have many Christmas or winter-themed items in my stash.

So I bought a 12" x 12" paper pack of Christmas paper at Hobby Lobby, and I've been adding stuff here and there, mostly from Michael's, AC Moore and JoAnn's. We don't have an LSS near my home, sorry to say.

Maybe I spend too much time looking at others' pages but now I feel this sort of stash inadequacy.

Like I need more items (i.e. more variety of paper, some Hambly transparencies, rubber stamps). I know people who scrap make a lot of jokes about their large amounts of supplies, but I wanted to try and keep this to a minimum.

I have to kind of fight w/myself every day not to order the above items, plus washi tape, ink pads, cute little tags--I could go on but you get the picture.

I go through this sort of thing when I travel, too. Suddenly none of my clothes are any good and I need a new handbag/suitcase/travel mug.

Anyone else ever feel this way?

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Posted: 11/19/2012 7:00:49 PM
I have in the past and then I go nuts and buy a bunch of stuff. But, then I never end up using it. I find that I am really a very simple scrapper...cardstock and photos and I am good. If I stretch myself, I might use some patterned paper.



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Posted: 11/19/2012 7:10:23 PM
You're not alone. I feel like that all the time. I have a small stash because I don't have a whole lot of space to store my things in. That, and not a lot appeals to me anymore. But when I sit down to scrap, in the style that I'm most drawn to, I find myself completely lacking the "bits and stuff" required to do this. I have buttons, and ribbon, that's the only thing that's plentiful in my space aside from image stamps for colouring.

Building and embellishing cards or scrap pages ends up REALLY minimal for me though, because I really just stock paper and not the embellishments that go with the paper, or general stuff either. The worst part is, even when I try to pick these things up, I end up not reaching for them when I craft anyway.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 7:19:57 PM
When I did my Week in the life I decided to go little by little. I knew that I first see where I was going. Yes I had to add one more trip to my LSS and to Michael's but I'm glad I did and not over buy.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 7:29:37 PM
Sure, but don't let it get the better of you.

There are downsides to having a really large stash too. For example, it can get overwhelming, it's expensive, it can take up a lot of storage space, and you may feel guilty about buying new things you love because you have so much stuff at home you aren't using.

I think the above is especially true if you are sort of new to scrapbooking because you may not have your style 100% figured out yet. I went a little crazy and bought a lot of stuff during the first six months or so that I scrapbooked only to realize later that a lot of what I bought doesn't really work with the type of layouts I want to create.

A lot of scrapbook related items are like gateway drugs, or that book "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie". Take stamps for example. First you get some stamps, then you want a bunch of different ink pads, then fun add-ons like embossing powders and a heat gun, then you watch a video with a cool looking card and realize you need Copics to color in your images too! Or you buy a border punch, and you love how it looks but you don't want to use the same one on every page, and before you know it you now own six border punches! I bought a Slice, then I needed more Slice cards, the Slice tool kit, the storage units to keep it all in, the different types of adhesive, etc.

There is nothing wrong with nipping all that in the bud and making some perfectly lovely pages with a few sheets of pp, cardstock, and maybe some neutral colored alphabet stickers for your titles (or create them in Word, then print them and cut them out).


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Posted: 11/19/2012 7:46:10 PM
Yep, it is just like "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie." Absolutely!

I see I am not alone in this! Thanks for listening!


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Posted: 11/19/2012 7:53:58 PM
KBPea - so true!!


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Posted: 11/19/2012 8:36:44 PM
stick with the few things you have, trust me - it's easier that way.

don't you already have lots of art journaling supplies? for that matter, why don't you make an art journal-ish december daily? that'd be awesome!

but, to answer your question, yes... and that's how i went from a sweater box full of supplies to a room full of supplies. lol...

just trying to help...


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Posted: 11/19/2012 8:43:00 PM
Are you not wanting to spend the money, or not really wanting to build your stash? I'd be happy to send you some Christmas-colored washi on a card if you pea mail me your address!

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Posted: 11/19/2012 8:54:01 PM
I'd probably classify my stash as "medium". I have a scrap area but not a room. I have tons of supplies but it sometimes feels inadequate because I very often feel like I don't have just the right thing.

I'll look at the gallery and think to myself -- if only I had the right supplies, I could create layouts like these. So I buy more but still can't produce the beautiful well put together layouts so I try again with more supplies.

I will say that it is very satisfying when it turns out that I do have just the right thing in my stash.

But I don't think it's uncommon for people with any size stash to feel like it's inadequate. I guess it's just part of scrapbooking for some of us.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 9:12:10 PM
I agree with Crissann, sticking with a few things will be easier than overwhelmed by a bunch. Besides, you can make tons of embellishments with just paper...different inked paper flowers, journaling cards, punches,etc. sometimes when my stash gets low, I challenge myself to stretch what I have and think of it in new ways. I am sure your journal will be beautiful!

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Posted: 11/19/2012 9:15:02 PM
Sometimes I go through this. Usually my problem will be a lack of a particular color. True Blue and purple are always hard to find. So sometimes I feel like I have way too much of one thing and not enough of another.

Challenge yourself to do layouts with what you have and you'll be surprised and pleased at what you can come up with.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 8:30:35 AM
You can always add items afterwards. Plus if you go shopping for stuff after the Holidays than 1) the holiday stuff will be on sales and 2) you won't over buy.

There will always be someone that has a larger stash than you. Stay true to your own style.

I personally brought a bunch of holiday paper stacks and there are some papers that i don't really care for.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 9:30:07 AM
I have been scrapbooking for a long time and amassed way too much stuff before I figured out how I like to scrap. I definitely think that less is more and now that I am scrapping regularly again I try to be smarter about what I buy.

For instance, I buy cardstock in basic colors and embellishments that can do double (or triple) duty. Washi tape in red with a simple pattern can be used on Christmas layouts, 4th July, Valentine's Day, etc. Ditto for buttons in red, black, white, blue etc, ribbons and trim in colors I use regularly, and stamps and punches that are classic shapes/sentiments.

If you have money in your budget to buy a few fun things to use in your DD/JYC, maybe just choose some things that you can also use in your art journaling--win win!!

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Posted: 11/20/2012 9:57:40 AM

I buy cardstock in basic colors and embellishments that can do double (or triple) duty.

That's what I have started doing, although it took me a bit to figure out what my 'go to' colors are.

Ditto for printed paper...although I am a sucker for Christmas paper.

ETA: the tag pads are an inexpensive way to add some themed items. Also, a 4x6 matstack (or a 12x12) can go a long way, esp when purchased with a 40% off coupon.



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Posted: 11/20/2012 12:50:28 PM
Stash inadequacy will always be alive and well as long as you are comparing yourself to others, so from this point forward, promise there is no more judging and lots more creating. Can't wait to see what you come up with!


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Posted: 11/20/2012 12:53:40 PM
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Posted: 11/20/2012 1:06:00 PM
@crisann: Good question!
There are two answers to why I'm not doing an art-journal type DD/JYC.

One is that I tried to do one last year in that style, and it was funny-looking. I absolutely hated it and didn't do more than a few pages. I'm not sure what went wrong there...I do honestly think lack of stash came into play b/c I didn't have any holiday-ish colors and ended up with this very odd combo.

Second: I saw a DD/JYC by Alissa Fast on from 2009--and I fell totally in love with it. It was the first DD/JYC where I felt, Hey, I can do something like this...I confess to even scraplifting her style of doing her numbers for that year!

Thank you all for your kind words!


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Posted: 11/20/2012 1:32:03 PM
so, i googled alissa fast's 2009 jyc/dd - it's awesome! i see your point!

all the best!

just don't overdo it too much...

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Posted: 11/20/2012 3:24:29 PM
I have been doing a lot of scrapbooking for more than 11 years now, and I still feel this way at times. For instance, when I sat down to do my last layout, I had to make a trip to M's to see if they had something more "perfect." (They would have, but its a line they're not selling now.)

M's did not have anything more than the right color cardstock, and I did not want to drive again as far to get to LSS that day, so I went home and after looking at the Two Peas gallery for inspiration, decided to use some stamps to create something closer to what I wanted. I wished I could have used the paper I saw on a certain layout here, but I am not sure LSS even had that paper, so that's why I went with the stamps. Less perfect, but it worked.

The layout I am working on now, I think I will get done with stash, but it would have looked better if I had a slightly different pattern paper or different colors of cardstock, and a different border punch than the one I used. But I must resist, it looks fine with this stuff I already have!


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Posted: 11/20/2012 4:39:56 PM
It's perfectly normal to have stash-envy, we all do/did at some point, especially when just starting out. It also takes a time to learn what you like as a scrapper and you end up buying stuff in the beginning that you'll never use. I wouldn't worry about it right now, just use what you have and if you don't love it, then so be it. You'll do a better one next year!

My first DD was made just from a BoBunny collection pack and chipboard embellishment sheet. I also had a holiday stamp-set. I started scrapping only a few months before I made it so my stash was teeny tiny. It's not perfect, but I love it regardless. It was the first big scrappy project I made. Looking back I see so many imperfections, but the satisfaction of completion overcomes it. I also learned that I like my DD album to be very simple and I don't need a lot of things. So this year, for example, all I am using is an October Afternoon 8x8 pad, OA flower sack, OA tin badges and OA miscellany pack. Obviously I'll add a few bits and bobs like washi and some stamping. But that's it...and I like that =) December is too busy to make it complicated.




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Posted: 11/20/2012 8:42:55 PM
Nope. I'm still gradually going through my stash and deciding what to keep and what to purge. As tempting as shopping for scrappy stuff is, I'm trying to learn my lesson and stay away from checking out new stuff.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 1:23:18 AM
I felt the same way for a while, especially after signing up for online classes and realize that I didn't have anything (dies! distress inks! coptics! oh my!) needed to complete the lessons. I signed onto 2P and SSS and started shopping.

Then I sat back and thought for a second.

Is scrapbooking about consumerism? Or is it about creativity and saving memories? Because if it's about the latter, it shouldn't matter how big my stash is. I can create beautiful projects without a lot of STUFF. Sure, it may take more time and care to create my own embellishments, but at the end of the day, I don't want this hobby to be about spending money. I want it to be about love.

Sometimes it means adjusting my style (considerably!). And sometimes I just have to do something wildly different than I was imagining. But most times, it just means I have to be a little bit more creative and plan a little bit better.

You can make amazing beautiful layouts with the stash you've got. I promise!


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Posted: 11/21/2012 10:44:20 AM
I suggest buying what you need for your current projects. Try to avoid buying just cause it's on sale and or it looks pretty at the time. Now if you do see something on sale and you really like it, think if it's something you might use alot, something that is versatile. If you like it will get used. Implusive shopping get's expensive in the long run and you end up with alot of stuff you never use. So buying for your current project's you end up using your stuff now and the left over's goes into your stash. If you really like something and think you want it, think it over and wait till it's on sale. Hope this helps. P.S Your stash will grow thru time. I think as your working on a project and you need tools and stuff It's fun cause you can get all the things you currently need and they are all justified. No guilt and your stash grows..


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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:40:43 PM
I used to feel the same way all the time! I know i shouldn't but still! I got my cameo at the start of the month and now i don't have enough time to do everything I want to do!


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Posted: 11/23/2012 5:00:33 PM
I've made a few journaling cards with index cards and some stamps I forgot I had! I'm pleased w/the way they turned out.

Maybe I can make some headway and use more of the art journaling supplies, too.
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