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Posted: 2/24/2013 9:01:12 AM
How long do you go without using something before you decide you don't need it? I'm sitting in my scrap space looking at my CM ovals & circle templates that are hanging on the wall. I can't remember the last time I used them. I used to cut pictures and mats with them but now keep my pictures square. What to do???
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Posted: 2/24/2013 9:02:50 AM
if I have not used it for a year and I have been sbing then I would sell it or give it away.

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Posted: 2/24/2013 9:05:04 AM

if I have not used it for a year and I have been sbing then I would sell it or give it away.

I tend to live by this rule also. Only problem is that over the years, things do come back around (like fashion), and there have been so many things I got rid of way back when, and wish I hadn't. I've also repurchased things I never thought I'd use again.


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Posted: 2/24/2013 9:05:48 AM
Tools are expensive, so I would probably hold on to them. Circles are making a comeback, I think...I've seen them on a number of layouts and challenges!

I got rid of my quickutz when I got my electronic diecutter; yet sometimes, I wish I had held on to them for ease of use.

Now paper, embellishments, etc. I don't hesitate to get rid of!

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Posted: 2/24/2013 9:12:08 AM
I agree I wouldn't get rid unless you don't have the space.

I am thinking of using my stencils again having seen Amy tans sewing stencils, and I haven't used them for almost ten years!

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Posted: 2/24/2013 9:14:45 AM
I would leave them out in my scrap area for a month, since I tend to use things that are out, and see if I use them. If not, maybe it's best to get rid of them.


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Posted: 2/24/2013 9:57:08 AM
Once in a while, I will give away something that I was never that pleased with anyway. About 6 months ago, I actually pulled my CM circles and ovals out and started using them again. I'm glad I still have them. I like that they are small and travel well. I gave away some of my old Fiskars templates, and now I wish I had one of them back.

Sometimes when I am learning a new technique, I remember that I have a tool that would be just right for something I want to do. For example, I stopped using my Quickutz when I got the Cricut, but recently, I've started using them a lot again; especially the very small fonts.


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Posted: 2/24/2013 10:09:36 AM
A year isn't long enough for me unless I'm scrapping on a very regular basis. This past year I took about 6 months off so if I were to get rid of something I haven't used recently I know I'd regret it.

If I have room I keep all my tools -- except ones that duplicate each other. For example, if I can make something on my Gypsy/Cricut I don't need a punch that will do the same thing.

But for the most part I try to keep my tools because things do come around again.

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Posted: 2/24/2013 10:14:43 AM
tools i keep, assuming i have room, forever. at least. i haven't gotten rid of any yet.

paper and embellishments i toss when they get ugly. they tend to do that with age though like other things some last longer than others. i just made a page kit for an upcoming weekend crop with paper from 2006.

i guess that's my rule in a nutshell. keep it til it gets ugly.

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Posted: 2/24/2013 10:20:56 AM
It takes me years to use things, so I don't worry about the time frame of using something. If I like it, than it stays. If I don't then I get rid of it.

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Posted: 2/24/2013 10:23:55 AM
I keep everything. I'm one of those "maybe someday" people. I can't say that I've used an oval in many years but definitely circles. Maybe make a point to use it.


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Posted: 2/24/2013 1:26:52 PM
I use things in cycles, so I don't have a "rule". If it's something I still like even though I haven't used it, I keep it because it's quite likely someday I'll start using it again. I go through stages and feel it would be a waste for me to get rid of stuff I still like.


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Posted: 2/24/2013 2:17:41 PM
I don't go by trends. I go by what I use. I too have the ovals and circles. To me, they seem like such a staple. I don't use them as much as I used to, but I plan on hanging onto those. Now, I have gotten rid of some of the other shapes... the wavy square, star and a few others I had. But I do have my ovals, all sizes, even the really large one and all circles, large one too. For me it is quicker to whip those out, unless I need a size they don't cut.. then it is the die cutting machine.

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Posted: 2/24/2013 2:32:36 PM
Tools I keep because I always get back to doing something. I go in cycles in all my hobbies and crafts. AND I'm finding that something for scrapbooking can be used in sewing and vice versa!

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Posted: 2/24/2013 2:37:33 PM
If I don't use tools right after I purchase them, chances are I won't make it a habit and they just sit.

The Bind-It-All is a good example.

I just gave away the machine and ALL the coils. I hadn't used it in 3 years times. YIKES!!

Papers are another thing. I was giving them to Gilda's House for the kids to use, but recently I've been making cards for Wounded Warriors and Operation Write Home... and it doesn't matter how old the paper is for those projects. Otherwise, I was "gifting" it to others, too.

I'm trying to figure out what to do with all the old "metal" embellishments I haven't used in years.

I think my biggest problem is I'm really organized. And everything is put away. Because of that, I don't see it and I don't use it.

I gotta work on that!


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Posted: 2/24/2013 3:10:52 PM
I have the same items as you and I may not use them to cut pictures for pages anymore but I have used them for other crafts like for my kid's birthday parties, for decorations, etc. I will keep mine for a while.


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Posted: 2/24/2013 3:38:27 PM
I went on a six year hiatus and now I am crafting again. I donated some patterned paper and a bunch of stickers and things but no tools and no solid cardstock.

If you look at it and think "why did I buy that!?" that is one thing, but if you have space I would keep tools you loved once.

I use my CM templates a lot on cards and to make embellishments. I don't have the Spellbinders circles or any other die, and my punches are all smaller than these circles are. Maybe think about using them for something other than photos.
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Posted: 2/24/2013 5:54:51 PM
I still have mine and if you need them you are thankful to have them. I have gotten rid of a few tools that I never loved like this stupid blade runner cutter thing and a glass mat because I could never get it to work for me.

I tend to keep tools for example I still have my QK dies even though I have a Cricut because I like some of the fonts and it is easy to use - same with some of my old Sizzix dies - of course those take up a lot of room. Still have the bind it all I don't use it often but when I do I am glad to have it.



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Posted: 2/24/2013 6:49:39 PM
Did you see this Seeing Double video:

She used Spellbinders dies to trace pen stitching in a circle on her page. Your templates would be perfect for something like this I think.

...and this is why I never get rid of stuff!

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Posted: 2/24/2013 6:52:06 PM
Yes, the templates would be good for tracing around like Lynn did.

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Posted: 2/24/2013 7:36:31 PM
I use my CM circles quite often! Not on photos anymore but patterned paper. It's been a while since I've used the ovals but someday I will need an oval!

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Posted: 2/24/2013 8:11:05 PM
I think I would get rid of the ovals and keep the circles. I haven't cut anything in an oval in about 5 years but circles are always going to be needed for something or other.

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Posted: 2/24/2013 8:48:25 PM
I have most of the CM cutting system, and there are several shapes that I have not used recently. My thoughts are: since these are the very best cutting tools I will keep them -- if I tried to sell them it would probably be more trouble than the proceeds I would get would be worth, and I may actually use some of them again. They are basic shapes, and will probably be used in the future. Also, the system does not take up much storage space, so it's really not a burden to keep them.


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Posted: 2/24/2013 8:57:53 PM
I just went through this with my CM templates too! But then I looked through a mini album I made where I used the ovals, and I loved the look. So I kept both the circles and ovals, but got rid of two other odd shapes.

What I like about the circles/ovals is that it gives me precision in cutting that I can't quite get with my die cutting machine (if I want a specific part of a paper/pattern in my shape).


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Posted: 2/24/2013 9:02:13 PM
Unless there is a replacement I hold onto tools. Especially the CM shapes, I think those are useful in other crafts too!

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Posted: 2/24/2013 10:13:54 PM
Do you ever scrap with others in your space? Would they use those tools?

In your shoes, I would keep them, as I scrap with my sister. She would use them. So they would stay.

But, I'll admit I don't let go of tools that easily. If they 'go,' they end up in the crafting box that I allow my neice to use when she is here. (It used to be for my son, but he grew out of that.) I've found myself retrieving the darned things more often than not.

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Posted: 2/24/2013 10:47:38 PM
I do not throw away my tools. But for papers and embellishment I can say ten years..... I started giving away the stuff I didn't use 2 years ago and I've been scraping for 12. Now seriously, since 2010 I decided to take some time after my CHA favorites purchases and put old stuff I don't like in a box. Everything I don't use from the box for the next 6 months I start to find them a home.

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Posted: 2/24/2013 10:59:39 PM
I just used mine last week as I was doing a banner and needed a think line with a curve so I used the oval one and it work great.


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Posted: 2/24/2013 11:03:40 PM
Classic shapes will always remain classic and come back in and then out only to return again with trend. It is the odd shape ones that never really come back. I have to go through mine I think I had a tear drop,star and huge heart that I know I will never use made by fiskers.

I think other made really good points. I to have punches, Quickutz (which I still love) and a Cameo newly birthday present from hubs. I still use my QK it's easier. I say keep it. I use circles still. In fact GG made a video with a layout with circles out of her scraps.

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Posted: 2/25/2013 12:36:02 AM
I would store it some place. You might want it later on.

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Posted: 2/25/2013 12:42:43 AM
I'd keep tools and get rid of paper/embellishments that I can't see myself using. I know things come into fashion again but I tend to think that when they do it has a different spin so I'll probably want the new stuff anyway

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Posted: 2/25/2013 2:28:45 AM
For me, every tool I have is valuable and even if I haven't used it in a while, I am sure to see an idea or come up with a new use for it, so I hang on to all of them.


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Posted: 2/25/2013 7:08:30 AM
if i dont use it after a few months i RAK it away

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Posted: 2/25/2013 7:12:04 AM
If it is something that I have used and liked in the past but just not used recently, I won't ever get rid of it.

But if it was an "Ooooooh! Look what she did with that. I have to have it!" that never got used or never looked good, it can go at any time.

So it's less about how long I have something and more about can I see myself using it EVER? But I will caveat by saying that I have plenty of room to store stuff indefinitely.


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Posted: 2/25/2013 7:13:20 AM
It depends on if you have room. I'd keep things a lot longer if I had any sort of room in my house.

But, since I don't, I keep about a year and then I either "force" myself to use it or get rid of it. Example: my My Little Shoebox paper. It stuck around WAY too long. Even past the year because I said "I used to love it so much". So I let it sit there, and sit there, and occasionally dipped in enough to justify its existence.

Then, when organising my other, newer CHA stuff, I said "this is it, use it or lose it". I set the MLS stuff apart, organised it by colour instead of line, and miraculously I have been using it and using it and it's almost gone.

So, my advice, use it or lose it. Take those items down, force yourself to find a way to use them. If you enjoy the process, keep them and keep that use in your mind. If it's a slog and you hate it, ditch them.

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Posted: 2/25/2013 7:22:46 AM

I have to go through mine I think I had a tear drop,star and huge heart that I know I will never use made by fiskers.

If that tear drop is a punch, I'd love to buy it from you!

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Posted: 2/25/2013 7:23:17 AM
I was going to get rid of my punchalphabet that I bought years ago by ek sucess, I never used it.. I put the box out where I can see them and now I am using them all the time, and in different ways then before... Even when I bought my cricut, I still use my qk alphas and my sizzix because they do different things... My suggestion would be is to leave them where you can see them for a bit, You might find yourself using them.

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Posted: 2/25/2013 7:25:14 AM
It is funny you guys mentioned templates... I actually used mine the other day.. I am soo glad I kept them....

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Posted: 2/25/2013 8:19:44 AM
I had the entire system, and RAK'ed them to a pea a couple of years or so ago. The only thing I would possibly have used was the circles, so I have a circle cutter for that. Haven't missed the rest of it, and with the circle cutter I can get the exact measurement I want.

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Posted: 2/25/2013 8:23:44 AM
If someone were to ask me what my favorite scrapping supply is I would have to say my tools. I love tools, especially the cutting tools. Before scrapbooking, I was terrible with a pair of scissors. While I've gotten better with them since I became a scrapper, I'm not one for very fine cutting. Thus, my cutting tools are very important to me.

I still have my CM cutting templates (circles and ovals). I've had a Sizzix for probably 10 years and I still use it. Having the ability to cut with a variety of manufacturers' dies, I can't see me ever parting with my Big Kick. While I may swap/sell a few Sizzix dies, I tend to hold onto them for the most part.

I've sold/given away papers, stickers and embellishments that I know I won't use. I've had very few if any regrets in that area.

There is so much scrapbook product out on the store shelves that it's hard to miss something once you get rid of it.

But my tools are my best scrapbook staple.
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