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Posted: 6/30/2013 12:28:36 PM
I always get scrap stash envy when I see these awesome hauls people purchase or they take pictures of their stash.
right now we are a one income family and it means I am on a freeze for who knows how long. I have managed to convince my husband that becoming a CTMH consultant will benefit us because I can work from home most of the time, do parties/workshops occasionally and use my discount to by supplies to make things I sell at craft fairs. I also find that when I get scrap stash envy I have a harder time creating because all I can think of is how I want brand new pretty things to scrap with. Can anyone relate? How do you ladies deal with scrap stash envy?

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Posted: 6/30/2013 12:55:55 PM
I just don't get stash envy in the first place. I think many people have way too much stuff for my personal comfort. I like to have a small stash and I actually use it. And I try not buy anything until I use up an equal amount. So when I see someone's awesome haul it is spires me to go scrap so that I can have an awesome haul sooner.
I also wait for sales so I get more for less.


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Posted: 6/30/2013 2:08:51 PM
When I see videos from people who do haul after haul of sb supplies... sometimes I wonder about their credit card bills. I realize some people pay cash, and some payoff the credit cards each month, but not *everyone* does.

As far as dealing: I have a few printouts posted around my house. I admit sometimes I don't see them anymore, but occasionally I do, and am reminded:

Don't trade what you really want for what you want right now.

I have a small list of things I want way more than sb items, and not necessarily material things.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 2:26:44 PM
I totally understand where you are coming from, but really most of these hauls are ridiculous. No one really needs stacks and stacks of paper and complete collections of every new line that comes out...even if you scrapped everyday you couldn't use it all up. And this is from someone who just until recently had a HUGE stash herself. I just purged big time and I feel so much better. Now I only have my Raskog cart full and that is all I can use and my PL spreads look just as good as anyone from SC.
It's about thinking outside the box with what you have....many of those old stamps can look great with a current color ink or new mist. I suggest looking at layouts you love and try replicating a few with just what you's so very liberating to use stuff you thought you might have to throw away. Many of those trendy layouts are using plain backgrounds anyway and just bits and pieces of PP.
I get that you want the new stuff, but try to see it as a challenge. So you may not have the cameo, or even refills for your tape runner, but regular glue still works for example. And also I've learned to be more picky about what pics I print, so that I don't have too many left over.
I once saw a documentary that took place in Africa and there was a young girl who took newspaper and made the most beautiful paper decorations for her hut..they were gorgeous. I think about her every time I get excessive.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 2:32:45 PM
I actually find myself feeling MORE creative when I have less stuff to choose from. Sometimes I am paralyzed by too many choices, and not just in scrapbooking. I remember telling my home builder not to give me too many choices in things like drawer pulls, tile designs, etc. because that would make it more difficult to choose.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 2:48:02 PM
I agree, a huge stash can be overwhelming! But, shopping is also fun, so I totally sympathize with the little green monster coming out to play when seeing haul and stash photos

I bet with a little work, you could turn your stash into an inspiring selection of new embellishments! If you look at most of the new items you would like, is there a way to recreate them yourself? An hour with some paper scraps, punches, and a sewing machine could give you an awesome pile of stitched and layered embellishments to play with!

If you have a scoring board, making little folded fans/rosettes is easy, especially after you've figured the first one or two out.

Garlands are way easy to make.

Mists can be easily re-created by thinning down and mixing paint. I like to make my own custom colours and keep in baby food jars or in small inexpensive containers with air-tight lids from the dollar store. Even if you don't have a spray bottle to put them in, you can drip and splatter or paint on your pages.

Some plain shipping tags, stitched on or layered up with some stamping and some of those embellishments made above look pretty amazing!

What about custom paper clips? Plain office supply ones threaded with some ribbon, a piece of paper folded and glued into a flag, or a small fabric flower are way cute.

Paper leaves and flowers are easy to cut.

Glitter makes anything look new and sparkly.

Thrift stores are great places for finding ribbons, trims, and very cool buttons.

Some wooden toothpicks or skewers topped with crepe paper, cardstock, tissue paper, fringes, flags or banners make really really REALLY awesome embellishments. I'm sort of totally in love with making these festive little pieces right now.

I've totally BTDT with the no shopping thing, and it's hard at first. But most of my favourite pages are from these "make do" phases and I love how creative it forces me to be.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 2:50:38 PM
Hrwcookie, I hear you.

What kind of pretty things are you wishing for? The reason I ask is that I'm in the midst of getting stuff ready for a scrapbook flea market and I'm trying to downsize my stash. I'd be happy to send you a surprise package.

This isn't junk. It's all new stuff - usually things that have come in kits or warehouse boxes that just aren't my style or are duplicates of supplies I already had. PM me with your wishlist and whatever colors/styles/embellishments you like and don't like and if you do Project Life. I'll see what I can do to put together some "Happy Mail".



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Posted: 6/30/2013 2:51:17 PM
I have too much stuff to envy anyone else's stash. I feel a little claustrophobic in my stash, but only because I promised DH I would keep it to a certain section of the room, and it seems to be oozing out of the "boundaries" I set.

What I truly do NOT envy are those giant hauls that people post on youtube, where there's no place in the room to put the new stuff away because every available space is bulging with (brand new, still in the bags!) product. All I can think is, "Girl, you are never gonna use that stuff..." It makes me think about my own stash, and the stuff I have never opened. I watch those videos like I watch Hoarders - as a cautionary tale!

I have not figured out a way to purge well. I have zilions of mostly used-up kits, but I'm reluctant to get rid of them because I could probably get another couple of pretty cards out of the scraps and leftover embellishments. Also, as Twinkle said, it's fun to make something out what you might otherwise have thrown away.

OP, beware of becoming a CTMH consultant. It's soooo easy to get swept up in the frenzy when the new stuff comes out twice a year. You really don't need it all! Once you get your new consultant kit, host a bunch of gatherings right away, as the product ages quickly - the new catalog is out soon. Use your new consultant kit up as fast as you can on money-making ventures!

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Posted: 6/30/2013 2:51:21 PM
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Posted: 6/30/2013 2:54:35 PM
Don't get me wrong...I love stuff.

But I also recently cleaned my scraproom out. Do you know how many Prima flowers I have? I just had to go out and buy every.single.color and style. I put them in jars all around my scraproom and they looked so pretty. And sure...I used a lot on cards and layouts. But what about now? I have been so "over" flowers for years all those Primas are now going to my kindergarten class for 5 year-olds to play with. And it's the same with brads, stickers, buttons, ribbon, older paper...

Am I going to be doing the same in a couple of years with washi, wood veneer, sequins and enamel dots??

So instead, I'm trying to buy just a few "trendy" things to get the look, use my imagination to come up with cheaper alternatives, and invest in cheaper "basics." Combined, I think you can still get a trendy look.


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Posted: 6/30/2013 3:06:07 PM
I was just telling a friend that watching all these process videos is going to make me broke. I want the products they are using. EVERYTIME.


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Posted: 6/30/2013 3:14:09 PM
I don't really have scrap stash envy often but can definitely see having it if I was on a freeze...which i have tried but failed at miserably. I think one thing that has helped me is trying to only look at things..blogs, videos, galleries..for inspiration and not focusing on the product used. Also I would avoid the haul videos if they make you jealous.

I love the ideas for making your own embellishments. One thing to add is watercolors are really in right now as well and those you can find for cheap. HTH!

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Posted: 6/30/2013 3:44:01 PM
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Posted: 6/30/2013 4:27:13 PM
That's it exactly! I always go, 'Man, it's good I don't have more stuff or else I wouldn't know where to put it...' Then I watch videos for layouts and I think 'oh I live those little wooden stars and hearts!' Or 'that's a lot of card stock, I NEED to have more cardstock,' (I don't have much of that at all) I can see how a large stag can be overwhelming, and appreciate the stash I do have, it allowed me to give some stuff to a friend that didnt have anything, and was looking to start a new hobby. (She is another pastry chef, so we are already inclined to be creative,) and so I gave her a stack of patterned papers, a stamp/ink, some stickers, and a few things I thought she would like. She is about 9 years younger then me and when we met at college I sort of adopted her as a little sister. My layouts are always developed by what I already have, I don't buy things for a layout specifically. I am definitely going to look into making some of my own embellishments.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 4:31:23 PM

If you have a scoring board, making little folded fans/rosettes is easy, especially after you've figured the first one or two out.

You wouldn't even need a scoring board, you can use a bone folder or other sort of stylus (maybe even a popsicle stick). Place the paper with the part you want to score on the track of your paper trimmer, then drag the bone folder/stylus over the track as you would normally do with the blade.

I like the quote someone posted earlier in the thread: Don't give up what you want for what you want right now. Great words to live by, not just for controlling scrapbook shopping.

I can relate a bit to what you are saying, OP, but I also admit to feeling totally shocked and overwhelmed at the amount of stuff some scrappers have. If you can afford it and collecting it/using it makes you happy, great, but I know personally I would get anxiety over having so much. I also love the thrill of reviving old stash, making something beautiful with products I bought a long time ago and didn't think I was interested in working with anymore.

You could also try following more scrappy blogs, especially manufacturers. Many of them have giveaways, and usually you just have to leave a comment. Then again, seeing photos of the new products might make you feel worse, so tread carefully!


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Posted: 6/30/2013 4:40:30 PM
OP. I too have way more than I could ever use. If you are interested in some twine, sequins and/or buttons; peamail me what colors you use the most & I will send an envy your way as well.


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Posted: 6/30/2013 11:04:53 PM
I don't watch the haul videos because I'm not impressed with the excess. I have worked hard at working though my stash and find I'm a better scrapper without being overwhelmed with too much.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 11:16:44 PM
I get stash envy, totally! Well maybe not stash envy but scrapbook room envy. Yea... I get totally drolly when looking at amazing rooms with everything all organized pretty and all the pretty paints and punches and papers... so many papers...

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Posted: 7/1/2013 7:45:24 AM
I have a huge stash. Mainly because in 2010 & 2011 I didn't do a lot of scrapping, but that didn't stop my craft purchases. As Julie Balzer has said scapbooking and scrapbook shopping are two different hobbies.
I quit buying and started creating in 2012. Then I started getting the ENVY. I joined Cocoa Daisy kit club. It worked to curb the I have to shop feeling. Although I generally wanted their add-on kits too. Life got busy this May with a move to refurbish a 100-yr old farm house and 40 acre parcel to reclaim. So I stopped receiving the kits because I haven't had time to use them. The space I'll have to work with is also smaller. But it's making me evaluate what is really important and I've set a goal to use my stash before subscribing to the kit club again.
And I don't watch the scrap haul videos, and other videos I just use for inspiration of my own stash.

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Posted: 7/1/2013 8:16:02 AM

As Julie Balzer has said scapbooking and scrapbook shopping are two different hobbies

so true!


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Posted: 7/1/2013 12:25:26 PM
That's why I avoid those haul videos like the plague. It's easy to get caught up in the buying frenzy.

I like the quote about not losing sight of what you really want by focusing on what you want now. I may have to post a few of those around the house too! Great words of wisdom.


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Posted: 7/1/2013 1:36:55 PM
and that is why I refuse to watch hauls There are things that I want but I love what I have and if it is or has become old, even better.


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Posted: 7/1/2013 6:46:04 PM
I don't get scrap stash envy but like someone else mentioned, I do suffer from momentary bouts of scrap ROOM envy! LOL I do haul videos but I honestly don't watch them. Mostly because I have a wholesale account for my little business and I have seen most everything before it comes out so by the time it's hits a haul video, I've already seen it. If someone does a haul video for a store that I don't buy from at wholesale, I may watch it, depending on how bored I am.

So yah, scrap room envy is my thing (and sometimes husband envy LOL)


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Posted: 7/1/2013 7:36:38 PM
I often have to remind myself of this quote by Zig Ziglar:

"The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now."- Zig Ziglar

It's very true. And sometimes hard to follow

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Posted: 7/1/2013 7:47:17 PM
I think we all get envious of others at times for various reasons - especially when often others have mother disposable income, etc,.
I just try to enjoy what I have and try to spend very thoughtfully on items I really want when I am able to shop.

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Posted: 7/4/2013 2:55:56 PM
I want to just add a different perspective to this "envy".
I started scrapping before it was the "in" thing to do. I made everything from my imagination and what supplies I could come up with. I really loved scrapping and did it alot. Then the "hot" products came out. Scrap items and stores were everywhere, so I shopped & bought like crazy, tons of stuff, a room full, in fact! But scrapping was not as much fun because it became a "how" pretty is this page or what trend is in!! So I stopped scrapping for several years. I regret like crazy spending all that money on paper, ink, accessories, and every tool that came out.
I am scrapping some now, just because I need to get some projects done,and feel guilty with this room full of stuff I don't enjoy anymore/// if I had not invested so many $$$ I would be doing the Digital thing and enjoying it more.
So having the stuff is not always to be
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Posted: 7/4/2013 3:10:55 PM
Think of it this way - scrapbook supplies are consumer goods and you only need money to get them. That makes them way more accessible than a lot of life's other experiences. I kinda like seeing crazy big stashes, because it shows me a) it's totally possible and I probably shouldn't amass that much stuff because I dread organizing it all!

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Posted: 7/4/2013 3:59:23 PM

I just don't get stash envy in the first place. I think many people have way too much stuff for my personal comfort.

That. I remember how overwhelmed I felt the first time I walked into a scrapbook store. It was so much for my eyes to take in. I'm on a freeze too.

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Posted: 7/4/2013 4:15:57 PM
I agree, I don't get stash envy, it's overwhelming to me. I'd rather have less stuff and more room to play.

Last night I took a quick look at my scrap stuff and spent 20 minutes taking things out that I won't use but have had for quite a long time. It made me realize that I am happy to have a good paper and cardstock stash, but when it comes to embellies, I'd rather have less. I think I'd rather buy when I need something rather than just buy stuff I like.


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Posted: 7/4/2013 5:25:35 PM
Never had scrap stash envy.....the feeling I do have is occasional sadness knowing I will never use all of my scrapbook supplies. I consider myself to have an average stash. When a new, popular product comes out, I will usually buy a few of them -- well, I bought more than a few rolls of washi but probably still less than the average scrapper.


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Posted: 7/5/2013 12:23:22 AM
I have been through the "you *REALLY* cannot buy anything" thing. I lived it for four years, where if I wanted something new I had to sell something I already had. It sucks, so I sympathize.

That being said, I think it changed how I look at this hobby. There was a lot of guilt during that time, thinking of all the money I had spent on the hobby and we were in such dire straights, if I had just saved that money maybe things wouldn't have been so bad. But after that, I started to get creative. To make it *worth* having spent that money. Worth the enjoyment I got from buying the supplies and worth the enjoyment of spending time creating things.

Now that things are better my buying is different. I buy with intention instead of "hey, that's pretty and new!" DH got me a Cameo for my recent 30th birthday because of the versatility. I am addicted to stamps, but I am working on curbing that to what I can colour and work with only. I DO focus more on high ticket items now, but they're the kind of items I can use to make other things with. That is how I think now. "How can I get ONE item to make 1,000?" I watch haul videos and I wonder how/why people need that much stuff. I watch them and I get inspired to make my own things. I look at others' scrap rooms and get overwhelmed. I have little, I want even less, so I'm trying to use and be as productive as I can. I think it's about changing your thinking, and trying to see just what you can *make* where others are buying. And this thread is chock full of ideas!

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Posted: 7/5/2013 1:11:18 AM
Haul videos are so interesting to watch. In some I can totally see that the person is excited to create with the items. But in many others I can see the person is just excited to own the stuff. I think it is easy to get sucked into them because they show a kind of fantasy life..."Look at these wonderful things that will make wonderful layouts." The reality is that many of those things will simply live in the person's stash until it is purged. I don't watch too many haul videos because they tend to make me a little uncomfortable.


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Posted: 7/7/2013 10:52:14 AM
I totally get envious.... Mostly bc I think "wow, you have time to use all that!" I also agree with other peas that said they get more creative with less... Sometimes all that stuff just clutters my mind and I don't get any scrap booking done.

On another note, one of our local scrap stores does a scrapbook garage sale once or twice a year, it is a great place to unload the old and have a little cash for the new!


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Posted: 7/7/2013 1:43:47 PM
Honestly I don't get Scrap stash envy.
I don't watch haul video's (I would rather be inspired by completed pages or projects, plus I find them boring) Plus I don't internet shop, so don't look at what is the newest stuff.
Actually I am not that good at my product names either, lol.

With that being said, I have way to much stuff.
I go on a crazy shopping spree when we go away. As I only have a Michael's here (no LSS) I check out the scrapbooking stores when we go to our family mini trips.

I would say stay off the haul vid's, don't check out what the newest products are, use the supplies that you have, you won't miss what you don't know whats out there


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Posted: 7/7/2013 7:21:43 PM
I don't watch scrap haul videos.
I don't understand why people post them.
I think it's weird and I would feel like I was boasting if I posted one.

I don't mind seeing sneak peeks from manufacturers though

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Posted: 7/9/2013 12:23:53 AM
I hear you. I purged in April and don't regret it at all. I had quite a stash but it was clutter and overwhelming when I wanted to scrap. Even when I was organized.


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Posted: 7/9/2013 12:23:55 AM
I hear you. I purged in April and don't regret it at all. I had quite a stash but it was clutter and overwhelming when I wanted to scrap. Even when I was organized.

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Posted: 7/9/2013 1:11:38 AM
I think I've been scrapping so long that when I see new product, it reminds me of something I already have. I spent an hour and a half in Archivers yesterday and spent $15 and that was mainly the new Simple Stories summer line. Everything else was a theme I already have or paper that looks like what I own. Even the embellishments are similar to what I own....I have a few washi tapes and those tempt me but I know I won't use many so I don't buy them. Maybe what you need to do is organize and play with what you do have and then splurge on like $5 worth of new paper and put the new and the old together. I pulled out some bits tonight for project life that are like 6 years old but the color was right and I still like them. I don't mind old - I just really have to like it.

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Posted: 7/9/2013 4:36:56 AM

I think I've been scrapping so long that when I see new product, it reminds me of something I already have. I spent an hour and a half in Archivers yesterday and spent $15 and that was mainly the new Simple Stories summer line. Everything else was a theme I already have or paper that looks like what I own.

This is only true if you hoard the old things or keep them around forever. I am reminded of stuff that has been out before every time there are CHA sneaks, but since I've already *used* that product up, it's nice to have the familiar again in a slightly different way. It's nice to be able to have something I really enjoyed from 5 or 6 years ago back again in a new way and be able to use *that* too. Keep a small stash and things will always seem fresh, or at least different. The only thing this doesn't work for is stamps. Since you can't use up a stamp, my old one usually does just as well as the similar one being released.

I don't watch scrap haul videos.
I don't understand why people post them.
I think it's weird and I would feel like I was boasting if I posted one.

I feel the same way. DH got me a Cameo for my 30th, and I had him photograph unboxing it. When I thought about posting the photos on my blog though it just seemed rude and bragging, so I plan to scrap them for myself and just relive the excitement privately. Haul videos always come off tacky to me. "Look how much I bought!" "Look at all my disposable income, and all the stuff I buy with it that goes in this drawer with all the OTHER stuff I buy with it." Call it jealousy all you want, but every time I watch those videos they never seem to be accompanied by completed project videos or a blog with completed projects on them. They make me wonder if all the person does is shop cos those 900 packages of flowers are never open or half full as if they've been used or anything.

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Posted: 7/9/2013 6:37:24 AM
A common thread in the responses seems to be "I don't watch haul videos." But it is also hard when you see an awesome layout that you would love to scraplift. I personally prefer to use the layouts that I like more like a sketch, and then I can use my stash or make my own embellishments and have a layout inspired by someone, but that doesn't look exactly like someone else's.

I saw a layout at the LSS last week that I loved so much that I bought all the papers and embellishments. I even had the perfect photos for it. But once I started making it, I realized that I wanted to make changes. And then when I checked out at the end of my cropping day, I just about gagged on what I had spent for that one layout, and I had a lot of stuff left over that I probably won't use unless I make some cards. Believe me, I won't be doing that again.

I have no scrap room. So my stuff is stored in a variety of places, which makes things a bit awkward. Yes, I have a stash, but I also have tools. IMO, tools are better than a stash, because with cardstock and basic tools, you can make a lot of stuff cheaper than buying it. A versatile tool can be used over and over again.

You mentioned joining CTMH, and I think that is a great idea! I am not a rep, but if I wanted to join one company, that would be it. They have some nice things, but best of all, you can do so much to make your own scrappy stuff just with stamps, from background paper to embellishments. Since you plan to make things for selling at craft fairs, it will hopefully give you some pocket money to buy some things for making your own layouts, too.

Just as an example of making your own, I recently bought a CTMH stamp set that had a small alphabet within a little rectangle. It looked very much like the stickers Glitter Girl has frquently used for portions of her titles. So I bought the stamp set. Why buy stickers when I can make the same alpha "stickers" myself in any color, and not have sheets of leftovers? And I will never run out of a letter that I need.

Another thing you can do is figure out what embellishments you can make just using your home computer and whatever programs you already have. You might be surprised. There was a thread that ran a long time just on what you can use Microsoft Word to make and print for scrapping.

In all honesty, I have gone from feeling like I want to buy this and that, to just buying what goes with the pictures I want to scrap, and that is AFTER I shop my stash first or figure out if I can make my own stuff. I have embellishments and papers that I bought in the past and now realize that I should have waited till I had the pictures. I am sick inside at how much money I spent on stuff that just sits there waiting to be used. Often, it's just not the right color for my pictures. Or there is some other reason I haven't used it yet. I do shop my stash first, and sometimes it comes in handy, but the trends and even my own tastes change, and sometimes I wonder "WHY did I buy that?"

I think you've got a great plan in joining CTMH, but maybe you also need to see how creative you can get scrapping with what you've got for awhile, making your own scrappy stuff as much as you can, scrounging from stuff you have at home (even household stuff--that's how lots of trends have started), and NOT watching videos. Consider it a challenge instead of a limitation.

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