Are you ever disappointed by how little stash it takes to make a nice page?

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Posted: 2/8/2013 11:44:07 PM
I'm in "de-stash" mode these adys, and I signed up for LOAD this month. I've churned out 10 LOs so far this month. But the disappointing part is that the only whole sheets of paper I've even used are the plain cs I used as a background page! After that, just bits of pp, some other bits of ribbons, string, buttons, other embellies. At this rate, my paper stash will last to the end of this century!

Oh, and my Cricut broke tonight--there goes another consumer of paper! I think I can get it figured out, I changed the blade yesterday but tonight it stopped cutting....



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Posted: 2/9/2013 12:15:07 AM
I think the sane thing often!! I made two cards the other day with the tiny scraps left on my desk.... Sad it didn't use more!
I need to just keep adding just keep adding just keep adding.... If I keep adding stuff to my pages more gets used. I no longer feel the need to save anything for a special project.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 12:17:58 AM
I feel like that sometimes too, though it is nice to know I'm getting a lot of mileage out of those supplies!

You could try layering more - make a 10x10 or 11x11 box of patterned paper to go over your cardstock background, or layer several pieces under your photos.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 12:19:46 AM
I do sometimes. Yet, there are times that I feel guilty for using more. It's a vicious cycle.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 12:20:53 AM
I'm so sorry about your Cricut!

I'm perpetually in de-stashing mode (and re-stashing mode, I confess), and I know what you mean! It's rare for me to go through the entire contents of any one product in the course of making a single layout, but I've made progress with some products. The other day I made a layout full of envelopes and pockets, leading to a significant dent in that part of my stash. I also go through some mist colors like water! I find that grid layouts and layouts that involve lots of layers are great stash-busters.



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Posted: 2/9/2013 12:24:29 AM
This is why I stopped buying so much paper. If I liked a collection, I used to feel like I needed at least one of every pattern, and two of the ones I really liked, but like you sometimes all you need is a few strips and then you have a lot left over.

Now I just pick 5 or so of my very favorite patterns and never more than one sheet.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 12:55:28 AM
Same here. I find myself pulling out a TON of stuff from my stash only to find that at the end of the layout, I've only used a handful of it. Disappointing but at least I'm trying.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 1:58:10 AM
I think you have to slowly chip away at the old stash and incorporate it with you new stuff gradually it will deplete.

I struggle to use up my coloured cardstock whereas in the good old days a double layout required at least four pieces

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Posted: 2/9/2013 2:10:42 AM
What?!!

USE my stash?


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Posted: 2/9/2013 2:25:11 AM
Nope! It means my stash goes further. I don't have a huge SB budget, so the stretching of the stash is great for me. I know I'll need to plan some purchases soon, though, as I'm running out of patterned paper... just in time for the new CHA stuff. Bonus.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 5:04:04 AM
Yes, sometimes I notice that I got 3 or 4 layouts made from 6 or 7 sheets of paper, and I still have plenty scraps left!

Considering that I must have well over one thousand papers sitting in my stash, and a truck load of other supplies to add, I could probably scrap for decades with what I already have. lol!

If it wasn't for some of the new collections from CHA being so irresistibly pretty, I would stop shopping and not buy as much as a single paper. But that seems to be impossible.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 5:22:26 AM
Some pages don't take much at all! Others that have heaps of layering use more.

I put my mind to it and got through heaps of my 6x6 paper pads by trying to use all of a paper pad not just a few sheets. I was impressed with how much I got through. (I just found quite a few more pads hidden in my craft room though.)

I'll have to try and make my own 'stash busters' challenge so I can make a dent in some other supplies


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Posted: 2/9/2013 5:22:41 AM
Some pages don't take much at all! Others that have heaps of layering use more.

I put my mind to it and got through heaps of my 6x6 paper pads by trying to use all of a paper pad not just a few sheets. I was impressed with how much I got through. (I just found quite a few more pads hidden in my craft room though.)

I'll have to try and make my own 'stash busters' challenge so I can make a dent in some other supplies


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Posted: 2/9/2013 7:18:24 AM
I'm the opposite, I love it! I don't have a huge budget for supplies or the space to store a lot of stuff, so I'm happy when I can really stretch what I have.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 7:18:37 AM
I'm the opposite, I love it! I don't have a huge budget for supplies or the space to store a lot of stuff, so I'm happy when I can really stretch what I have.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 7:51:42 AM
I'm kinda with you KBPea, I didn't buy hardly anything in 2012 (except albums and adhesives and a few special stickers for particular pages) But I have started off 2013 with a virtual spending spree....but I digress I like the fact that it does not take much to do a page, I think about the time that I will get to use all this stuff as hubby and I reach a point in our life where we are no longer working and do not have the income to support this expensive hobby. I will still have a ton of stuff to make layouts in all that free time after I am retired. Simply put I stash for the future.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 7:51:56 AM
I'm kinda with you KBPea, I didn't buy hardly anything in 2012 (except albums and adhesives and a few special stickers for particular pages) But I have started off 2013 with a virtual spending spree....but I digress I like the fact that it does not take much to do a page, I think about the time that I will get to use all this stuff as hubby and I reach a point in our life where we are no longer working and do not have the income to support this expensive hobby. I will still have a ton of stuff to make layouts in all that free time after I am retired. Simply put I stash for the future.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 7:54:31 AM
I am in major de-stash mode and have been putting my own kits together as I find that helps to get through the stash, but I still find that I can get at least 6 or 8 pages from a kit of 5 pieces of pp and a few sheets of plain cs (plus some other bits and pieces). I also find that it helps me to make more pages in the time I can allocate to scrapping.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 7:54:44 AM
I am in major de-stash mode and have been putting my own kits together as I find that helps to get through the stash, but I still find that I can get at least 6 or 8 pages from a kit of 5 pieces of pp and a few sheets of plain cs (plus some other bits and pieces). I also find that it helps me to make more pages in the time I can allocate to scrapping.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 8:41:24 AM
I'm challenging myself to use at least 20 sheets of patterned paper this month. I am trying to counter balance the amount of paper coming in!


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Posted: 2/9/2013 9:02:17 AM
I am LOADing too,this month (my first!) and for the first time actually cutting into my stash. I've only been scrapbooking for 2-3 years, and that sporadically. FOr the longest time I only bought papers specifically for a layout and nothing extra. Then I found Two Peas......(and later a few other sources) and all hell broke loose....I would watch those videos of the warehouse walk with Kitty and shop. Yup gotta have. But I *never* used anything I stashed. I would still take my photos to local stores and look for 'best' selection.
Fast forward to LOAD. I work full time, so getting a prompt in the morning, I can't do anything other than plot and plan all day what photo, what possible journaling, etc. Get home, feed dogs and head to scrap room. This has forced me to use my stash, as there is no time to go to local shop to pick out the perfect paper. Nor is my LSS even open in the evenings, and it is closed on Sunday and Monday all day. That leaves only Saturday (and I did run by there last Saturday to try to stock up on some cardstocks but they were closed...?!) So I've done some stash busting! And it has been truly 'freeing'! It has also meant that a LO *can* be made in an evening. The reason ti takes me so long to make a LO (in the past!) is waiting to get to the shop, choose the perfect papers, then waiting to get back out to get perfect embellies, etc. Heck I have half a shop in my scrap room now! I come home and shop my stash!
I am loving using my beloved stash!

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Posted: 2/9/2013 9:21:43 AM
I took out a huge stash of Christmas papers and embellishments for my December Daily. I just finished the 12 x 12 album this week. I was hoping to use up some old Xmas collections and old brads, stickers. I layered like I have never layered before but I still have 2 almost complete Oct afternoon collections and Simple stories left over.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 9:37:43 AM
I've been making lots of cards lately and I use very little product on them. I will never use up all my stash.

Sorry about your cricut.



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Posted: 2/9/2013 9:42:09 AM
Funny you mention this actually... I just created two layouts from Christmas photos and the thing I used the most was patterned paper. I did add a couple of glitter gems, glitter, a small piece of ribbon, and two pre-made tags, but the majority of the layouts were "embellished" (and embellished they are!) with my Cameo! And yet I have placed 4 orders in the past few weeks! Hmmm, I think I have a serious "shopping" addiction... Then again, the things I tend to buy now are things I use over and over again - inks, stamps, Memory Box Dies (really bad addiction to those)... just not on my two most recent layouts ... which I really LOVE by the way.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 9:42:59 AM
Yes, I am always disappointed/surprised at how little product it takes to make a beautiful page. However, this year, I started using divided page protectors and making each little slot like a tiny layout and I find that I am going through my stash fairly quickly! And I love the way it's coming together!

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Posted: 2/9/2013 9:43:59 AM
Yes, I am always disappointed/surprised at how little product it takes to make a beautiful page. However, this year, I started using divided page protectors and making each little slot like a tiny layout and I find that I am going through my stash fairly quickly! And I love the way it's coming together!

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Posted: 2/9/2013 9:57:00 AM
I'm sorry about your Cricut! I think having a die-cutting machine would definitely help you get through more stash. I was also going to suggest more layering. That's one thing I've been trying to do to use up more of my stash.

I was thinking the other day about this, and the biggest thing I have a problem with is you can use a lot of stickers or die cuts from one of those 12x12 sheets, but that 12x12 sheet (with holes from the used die cuts) will still take up space in your stash! At least with patterned paper you can put it in your scrap organizer when you've used a lot, so you feel more like you're using it.



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Posted: 2/9/2013 10:42:41 AM
Yes, at the rate I'm going I will never work through my stash! But for me that's okay.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 10:49:13 AM
I watched one of the videos here with Nancy Damiano (?sp) the other day and I was like . That girl uses a TON of paper. But I totally love her style, so I thought...huh, why not? Seriously, she layered and layered. Maybe you should check out her stuff. Could be a real stash buster.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 10:59:53 AM
I don't think I am disappointed when my pages don't use more stash, but it is a good feeling when I do a project that actually uses up a lot of scraps. This one comes to mind.



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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:15:25 AM

I watched one of the videos here with Nancy Damiano the other day and I was like . That girl uses a TON of paper.


Great idea hilsmom!

This thread has prompted me to share something I've been pondering here:
My question about what I used to call my stash


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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:23:11 PM
This weekend! I was scrapping away hoping to make a dent in my stash and finding that I was able to make several layouts with scraps already in my scrap space...I am motivated to finish layouts from 2009 so I can organize all my Los and put them in albums. I don't scrap chronologically, but I also don't put Los in albums until I am completely done with a year so I have been focusing on the final Los in this year and I am soooooo close (like as of tonight I have 3 more). I was in speed mode and found that I used the same piece of pp in 3 Los and used the same sticker sheet and two sets of thickers. At this rate it will definitely take me years to make a dent in my stash as I just kept reaching for things that were already out. Lol! I even did a few pages with "frames" you know, where you Mat a 11x11 on 12x12 or sometimes make even 3 layers...I have always had trouble with this as it seems like such a waste! Even today, I cut out the middles!!! I love the look though. I will definitely run out of cs before pp


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Posted: 2/10/2013 12:36:06 AM
Yes.....but mainly I feel that way about embellishments. When I create - I seem to go through lots of paper quickly. But I have bins and bins of embellishments and after I'm done crafting - the pile is the same. My supplies are like the widows oil in the Bible. No matter how much I use - I have the same amount. Haha!


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Posted: 2/10/2013 1:17:25 AM
Actually I made a page Friday and was surprised how many pages of pp I used! I used 7 partial sheets of SC DD and 1 cs sheet, 5 enamel brads, a few wood veneers, and mists, plus going to add a piece of flair and hand stitch a title. Used a fair amount for 1 layout. And did that combo of stuff scare you lol?


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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:35:28 PM
I don't use a lot of product on my layouts, so I've been making mini albums to work through my stash. I seem to be able to layer better in the mini's for some reason!


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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:45:07 PM

Yes.....but mainly I feel that way about embellishments. When I create - I seem to go through lots of paper quickly. But I have bins and bins of embellishments and after I'm done crafting - the pile is the same. My supplies are like the widows oil in the Bible. No matter how much I use - I have the same amount. Haha!


That's funny. I think it's because, as someone else pointed out, when you use a piece of paper it's gone, but when you use 4 or 5 brads out of a pack of 25 that package is still sitting in your embellishment pile, taking up the same amount of space.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:57:32 PM
No...

Because my pages DO use up a ton of product




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Posted: 2/10/2013 10:54:44 PM
I was thinking the same thing this weekend! I have two pads of paper (the M's version of Sketchbook and Crate Paper Storyteller) that I finally decided I need to sit down and use up, before I can buy anything else. So far, I've finished 1 layout and started another with the Sketchbook papers, and I've only used relatively small pieces of 4 5 different sheets! Of course, I usually use plain cardstock as backgrounds, and I scrap 8.5x11, so that takes away the easiest way to use up a whole sheet! Haha! But oh well. I'm working on learning to layer better, so that should help get through these two paper pads!


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Posted: 2/10/2013 11:27:31 PM
Thanks gang! Good news: the Cricut was totally operator error (can we say "blade housing upside down"? Definitely time for bed!)

And tonight's LO is many layers think and I think I use A&B sides of every paper I bought from that line! This is the way to go if I want to reduce "inventory" (my new proper word for "stash".

Now to check out that Nancy d person's videos!



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Posted: 2/10/2013 11:44:28 PM
As mentioned...double layouts really bust into the supply list quite well. I am a linear scrapper. I line straight lines and things that I know work fir me. White Bazzill cardstock with one or two other colors of cardstock or add a pp with 1-2 colors that you mat photos or use to layer embellies and you can use a bunch.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:14:35 AM
I will not get through my stash (aka treasures) ever either. I always buy way more then I need. I even try and convince myself not to and I can't do it!!
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