Do you ever feel guilty about owning so much supplies?
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Posted: 9/18/2013 5:42:10 AM
I would love to be able to go grab what I need and not have to wait for awhile then go to a chain store here in town! No one should feel guilty for what they can do or have! As long as they don't rub it others faces or anything like that! So don't feel guilty, be proud of what you have and can do!


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Posted: 9/18/2013 6:55:44 AM
No guilt. I enjoy scrapping so much more when I have a wide variety of materials to choose from. Having a large stash greatly increases the quality of my life.

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Posted: 9/18/2013 7:30:33 AM
Sometimes. I have tons of supplies and over the last few years I mostly buy paper.
The problem is I like having an existing full supply so everything is here when I am ready to scrap. Only my taste has changed so I find that I have many supplies that I don't know I will use. I mostly use paper and a couple of embellishments. I don't stamp much anymore but I have 100 or more sets and everything to color with :/, except copics.
I keep thinking I need to sell my stash. I have sizzix, cuttlebug dies and the silhouette. I can't seem to part though. So yes, I feel guilty. Less as time goes by but still...


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Posted: 9/18/2013 7:33:09 AM
I understand how you feel. I have times that i scrapbook everyday and sometimes i wont make or do anything for 4/5 months. I do try however to use the stuff i buy. Every once in a while i clean up my room and sell or give away the things i will not use. I started PL recently and that has helped me to use up more of my supplies. Ah well its a hobby, some people buy clothes or go out to dinner, i have 10 shades of blue mist in my room and much more hahaha

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Posted: 9/18/2013 8:06:39 AM
If I never scrapped, then I would feel guilty. Since I figure that I will get around to using my supplies eventually, then no, I don't. It makes me happy to have a good variety, and it allows me to scrap when I have time, not just when the LSS is open.

I don't have a big, gorgeous scraproom. I don't even have a scraproom at all because my house is small. I never look at someone else's room and judge them for having a variety of yellow cardstocks, or anything else. It's none of my business if someone buys more supplies than I do, or if they have a more expensive house or car than I do. It's also no one's business if I choose to buy scrapping supplies/tools with my money instead of spending it the way they might.

I'm certainly not going to feel guilty if I haven't yet gotten around to using some scrapping products or tools that I bought only two months ago. I'll probably use it eventually. I recently used stamps for the first time that I bought between 6 months to 5 years ago. If you still haven't used it after five years, then maybe you can feel guilty.


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Posted: 9/18/2013 10:33:48 AM
Nope, this girl is guilt-free and I love my collection of things, I scrap nearly daily so things get used and books get made and I still have things that are years old. Who, cares I say I'll get around to using my embellishments and papers Someday. I wish I had room for more.


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Posted: 9/18/2013 11:48:06 AM
I do feel guilty for acquiring so much stuff. I've been scrapping for 8 years and I used to buy, buy, buy - everything!! Now I am much more selective about what comes into my house and I do purge often and give it to my daughter/stepdaughter.

I wish I could start over with the amount of money I spent, bank 80% of it and buy only what I will use, use it up then buy more.



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Posted: 9/18/2013 12:30:05 PM
I don't smoke and rarely drink.
I don't buy a lot of shoes (I own 10 pairs of shoes) or really expensive purses (I own only 4 purses and have never paid more than $50 on a purse).

I don't buy expensive clothes (Kohl's on sale is what I get).

I don't go out to restaurants a lot, or out with girlfriends, nor vacations every year.

So...
if I spend $300 a year on scrapping or craft stuff, who cares? It's my treat on myself.

I don't buy a lot of stuff, and I use what I buy. I don't own a cameo, etc. I have only 4 rolls of washi tape and 2 rolls of ribbon.

(whispers) Except for rolling or rotary date or phrase stamps. I have 52 of them, it's my 1 indulgence/hoard item.

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Posted: 9/18/2013 1:00:14 PM
Nope, nadda, never. I love my crafty stuff. It makes me happy. And when I get tired of it or things go out of style, I make sure to find a good home for what I no longer use. Besides, I could not spend in a year what green fees for the year cost, so I figure I'm good.



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Posted: 9/18/2013 1:10:39 PM
Absolutely no guilt here and like PP said, a large stash greatly increases the quality of my life and I wish I had room for more LOL!


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Posted: 9/18/2013 1:12:42 PM
That's why I lIke it here, people have so much stash compared to what I have, I do try to use what I buy though, and like someone else said I know better nowadays what I am going to use and think about my purchases. But scrapbooking is my creative release form an otherwise stressful life and it is all good for me and my family that my stash helps me through the ups and downs of the downs of the day

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Posted: 9/18/2013 1:15:04 PM
I don't and here is why.

1. I only buy what I can afford
2. I keep everything whether it is in style or not. If I purged my stash every so often I would feel guilty about that. IMO it'a a wast of money and trends keep coming back so eventually it will be back in style
3. I only buy if I have room. Once I no longer have room to buy more than I need to put a cap on it.


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Posted: 9/18/2013 1:43:03 PM
A little, mostly because I bought so much impulsively. Now I have this insane stash of things I know I won't use. I give it away to friends or donate them to school/library/hospital programs so I don't feel like it's going to waste, but still.



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Posted: 9/18/2013 1:53:07 PM
I go through my stash on a regular basis and donate to the local children's hospital. I find I am buying only what I know I will use and don't save anything anymore for a special page if I like it and I'm inspired, I use it! It helps me keep the hoarding at bay!
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Posted: 9/18/2013 2:26:02 PM
Yes, sometimes I do. I started this hobby to record memories and want the outcome to be finished albums. For that reason, I feel like I've wasted money on certain items.

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Posted: 9/18/2013 3:34:28 PM
What you all said is so interesting. I love having so many input!

I don't have a scraproom either. I have a Scrapbox !

Everything I own is in there (beside my sewing machine, typewriter and silhouette).

I live in a 4 1/2 with my husband and our 2 year old daughter. So I don't have room anywhere else, ever!

When it doesnt fit in the scrapbox anymore, I purge and give away to a friend. I am waaay more organized than before. So I do know where my stuff is and how much I have. It was a tremendous help for me to get the Scrapbox. I spent a lot of money on it but never ever regretted it. And never felt guilty either!

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Posted: 9/18/2013 3:47:26 PM
I do, especially when I am not working right now. However, my bills are paid and the dog is eating good! As I took the drive of shame home from M's and ACM, I told myself that I have to be done...at least until January 1st or if I get a gift card. I think it's rather bad when I am wandering around the store looking for things to buy with my coupon, because I just can't let go of a good deal. Like many others have said, shopping is part of the thrill for me...and returning too. I think I have a bit of a problem. But like many also said, it's my hobby and many others have expensive hobbies..maybe even more expensive than mine! You can't use a 55% of coupon on Minolos!


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Posted: 9/18/2013 4:26:42 PM
I used to sew a lot. I have girls who loved fancy dresses and I sewed a lot of quilts -- some for money. But I overbought fabric because I thought I'd have the rest of my life to use it up. Now I feel guilty about the amount of fabric I have that it looks like I'm never going to use. (Because my eyesight is such that I really can't sew much any more.) That's wasted money. It is. I feel horrible that I bought that much stuff and can't use it.

So I try and be more cautious in my scrapbook purchases. I use it. Probably have too much, but I do use it.


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Posted: 9/18/2013 6:04:19 PM

I don't smoke and rarely drink.
I don't buy a lot of shoes (I own 10 pairs of shoes) or really expensive purses (I own only 4 purses and have never paid more than $50 on a purse).


(NOT picking on this person, just illustrating a point)

This right here really shows to me how we're *all* vastly different. She's using this sentence to show that she's very limited in her spending on essentials like shoes and purses. Thing is, to me, that's a *lot*! I own one pair of tennis shoes and one pair of sandals; that is all. Both I have had for 3 years now. My backpack "purse" cost me $10, I've had it for two years so far with it still going strong. I could not use 10 pairs of shoes, nor more than one backpack. It wouldn't occur to me to buy them either. Just as it wouldn't occur to me to need a bunch of paper. We're all just different, that's all.

The only thing that makes me sad is those that say they buy, don't use, purge, only to buy again, not use, and purge again. Nothing is getting created, I don't see how that can be enjoyable, and it's just... I dunno. It just makes me sad.



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Posted: 9/18/2013 6:45:27 PM

This right here really shows to me how we're *all* vastly different. She's using this sentence to show that she's very limited in her spending on essentials like shoes and purses. Thing is, to me, that's a *lot*! I own one pair of tennis shoes and one pair of sandals; that is all. Both I have had for 3 years now. My backpack "purse" cost me $10, I've had it for two years so far with it still going strong. I could not use 10 pairs of shoes, nor more than one backpack. I


I do heartily agree Erin, that she has shown we are all different. This illustrates how our own perspective comes into play too. E.G.-I love the variety of many pairs of shoes, purses, etc......even backpacks! I love how practical you are, and I'm sure my DH would love it if I was too. Alas, for me, if the color or style isn't right, I need another pair/set/collection! Our outward appearance is our way of expressing ourselves too. Not that the outward appearance is "who we are", just a small glimpse.

I also have ADD, and boredom comes quickly for me....even when it comes to my surroundings. That said, I do have a practical side (let's say I developed one out of necessity! ) and haven't gotten a new frig because I don't like the configuration of my current one. (works fine, isn't that old, etc.) BUT....don't think i haven't shopped for one!!!


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Posted: 9/18/2013 7:59:12 PM

The only thing that makes me sad is those that say they buy, don't use, purge, only to buy again, not use, and purge again. Nothing is getting created, I don't see how that can be enjoyable, and it's just... I dunno. It just makes me sad.


On my part, I make minimum four layouts with a collection before putting it away. Sometimes more. If I buy a real extensive one, like the ones from Crate Paper, I do more (I did 7 with The Pier and should do a couple more).

After that, I put it away for a while and I'll, sometimes, get it out again after letting it ''cool down'' for a few weeks, or months. Then, I would give it away.

If I did all of that, I believe I gave a good run to what I bought. If I don't, it helps me identify what I just can't work with and should not buy again.

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Posted: 9/18/2013 8:17:14 PM
Nope! This is truly the first hobby I have ever had And my family has been extremely supportive of me in it. I do purge paper and embellishments and give them away to family but a lot of my friends purge and give things to me, so really its a bunch of us sharing supplies.

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Posted: 9/19/2013 1:07:55 AM
No! If I buy something it is "love at first sight" for me and I really really REALLY LOVE it ! Before I put it in my cart I ask myself if I have a layout in mind for it ? Do I already have photos that I need this for etc....then I do a "run through" in my mind of the photos I already have that I want to scrap ....and then if the answer is "No!"
I do one last assessment and ask myself if the item will entice me to scrap a memory or photo that I have been putting off for whatever reason, and if so....I buy it ...I use it...guilt FREE!

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Posted: 9/20/2013 12:00:41 PM
I don't give my things away...but if someone came over or if I went over, I would totally share. But then again, I just started getting deep with the purchase of supplies. I figure that I have a long life ahead of me and will be crafting for a long time, so it's a small investment for a lifetime of goodness...handmade goodness, that is.

Weird question, how do you quote someone? Do you just copy and indent or is there a button I'm missing?


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Posted: 9/20/2013 12:01:38 PM
I don't give my things away...but if someone came over or if I went over, I would totally share. But then again, I just started getting deep with the purchase of supplies. I figure that I have a long life ahead of me and will be crafting for a long time, so it's a small investment for a lifetime of goodness...handmade goodness, that is.

Weird question, how do you quote someone? Do you just copy and indent or is there a button I'm missing?


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Posted: 9/20/2013 12:53:33 PM

Weird question, how do you quote someone? Do you just copy and indent or is there a button I'm missing?


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Select the thing you want to quote, right click on copy. Then reply to the thread and click on ''Quote'' in the bottom. Right below all the smileys, beside ''Insert PeaCode''.

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Oh my goodness! Thank you...I have been wondering and wondering how people do that!


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Posted: 9/21/2013 2:22:50 PM
No, I don't feel guilty.
I am a pretty picky shopper and don't spend much on supplies anymore
I also share mine a lot.
My kids use more of my stuff that I do I think
In fact, DS is using my adhesive right now for his chemistry homework


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Posted: 9/21/2013 2:59:34 PM
No guilt. I could afford it all when I bought it, even though in some cases I over-purchased.

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed, though. I have so much stuff that I know I will never be able to use it. I am giving it away bit by bit, mostly to schools. The overwhelming feeling comes when I start gathering supplies to give away - that momentary panic over, "What if I need this?!?" And then I start thinking about when I purchased the item and what I wanted to do with it and what I could still do with it, and I stall on giving it away.


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Posted: 9/21/2013 9:49:33 PM

sometimes I do because I buy MUCH faster than I USE it! I don't have any more space for more stuff but I just keep buying and now it is even harder to use ANYTHING because its all so crammed in here!
BTDT. I need to do another purge and reorganization as my scrapping style/preferences have changed, but I can't say that I necessarily feel guilty about it. As long as my other obligations are met, why should I feel guilty for doing something that I enjoy? I consider my scrapping/crafting as a sort of therapy. When I'm in the midst of creating I literally forget everything else. It's wonderfully therapeutic. Sometimes I think I could scrap day in and day out and never tire of it.

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Posted: 9/22/2013 4:44:06 PM
Meh, life is too short to beat yourself up over buying 3 shades of green embossing powder. I live by 3 rules:

1. Do I love it?
2. Will I use it?
3. Will my family suffer in any way if I buy it?

If it meets those criteria, into the cart it goes. No guilt!

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Posted: 9/22/2013 8:47:34 PM
I don't feel guilty, what would guilt accomplish? To me the only thing guilt would do would diminish my enjoyment of my hobby. So no I don't feel guilty and I don't make excuses either.


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Posted: 9/23/2013 7:33:07 AM
I feel a little guilty sometimes. I do have other activities and interests I like to spend money on and because I am in grad school I don't have tons of disposable income. I went a little crazy this year because I had not scrapped or shopped for about a year, but I think going forward I will be a little more restrained. I am using my stuff, not just letting it accumulate, so that helps alleviate the guilt!

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Posted: 9/23/2013 9:15:59 AM
At times, I look at my stash and wonder if I will ever use what I have. But, no guilt. I don't drink, smoke, or gamble. All unhealthy habits, like other posters have said...I find scrap-booking to be therapeutic and is a healthy habit to support.


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Posted: 9/23/2013 11:06:42 AM
I can sure relate to this post! I have quite the stash and scrapbooking supplies to last me forever. I say to my boyfriend "You can't let me buy anything for at least a month!" ... and then what do I do... go shopping or I put some lovely things in my cart here on Two Peas!!

I don't think you can go wrong. In my world I will eventually use all the products, it's just so fun to look at them all along the way.

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Posted: 9/23/2013 1:18:33 PM
Every look in a tool shed? Watch This Old House? Look inside a chef's kitchen? People who are passionate about their interests invest and collect...there is a tool for every job...why feel guilty about owning those tools and supplies? Even if you are not using them and they are just arranged on the shelf for display...if it makes you happy...where's the harm?

I swear if you go to a male dominated hobby forum you don't see posts about guilt. Why do we as women do this to ourselves? My hubby collects DVDs and the people on those forums pride themselves on their large collections. No talk of guilt there either.


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