TRUE CONFESSIONS: The truth is that lately I've been Pinning and buying the newest CHA 2013 releases more than I've been scrapbooking. After I realized this, I decided to do something about it starting September 1! Well, best laid plans - but I'm not going to give up on this idea just because it isn't the first. It is September 3rd and here starts my September 2013 finishing pages with my scrapbooking stash.
Stash Scrapping solves several problems for me:
1. THE SCRAPBOOK STASH: I have way too much really old scrapbook stuff that I have difficulty letting go. The solution? I'm going to use it or lose it - meaning, it is either going on a page or it is going in a bin that I've labeled "to donate" which I'll either drop off at my daughter's school for art supplies or put in a "free" box at the Whim So Doodle yardsale which is in a couple weeks. I've tried to sell in the scrapbook yardsales before, but I just don't have the patience to sit there and, honestly? I like buying more than selling.
2. OVER-CONSUMING / UNDER-PRODUCING: I pride myself on being a fast and prolific scrapbooker but lately I haven't made many pages or many blog posts. I know that when I am creating pages and writing blog posts, that I feel happier about life. It is kind of like exercising and eating well - I know that when I do those things that I feel better, but sometimes when I get off the healthy wagon and eat junk and skip exercising, it is hard to convince myself to get up off the couch and move more and eat less. But its that initial step of changing the momentum that usually gets me going. So its September and its a good time for changes.
3. FINISHING PAGES: I love to start scrapbook pages, sort of like how Shimelle does the "Starting Points"; but I call mine "half-baked" because, like a twice baked potato - there is the initial baking of the potatoes and later the finishing work. So I have a lot of these pages that have background paper and photos already placed. I think Shimelle just does the background paper without the photos for her starting points, I also have some of those types of pages without photos. Here's the thing - I probably have 50 of those kinds of pages here and there and when I see them I get this feeling like "I should finish that" but I don't and that creates a bit of stress - something I don't need in my hobby. So I'm going to finish the pages and feel like I'm accomplishing something rather than continuing to feel like I have something to finish. Plus the finishing part can sometimes be rather fun - its really just embellishing, journaling and placing a title.
PAGE #1: BABY LOVE:
THE STORY: I know this page may look journaling sparse, but I used to sing my kids a song called "Baby Love of Mine" from a lullaby cassette when they were small and the "True Blue: Baby I Love You" is a Madonna song that my little baby girl, who is now almost 10 years old!, just loves. So there is a suble reminder of the passage of time via the song titles and the arrow. Also, I just miss the days when my kids really adored each other and they are just way too big to ever take a bath together again - so that chapter is over.
THE INSPIRATION: I think I made this a year or so ago when I read a blog post by Debbie Hodge at Get it Scrapped about "full bleed" photos, so I made a bunch of these half-baked layouts with larger photos that went all the way to the edge of the page.
THE STASH: I picked up a bunch of Fancy Pants felt embellishments a few years ago at a scrapbook yardsale and have never used them! So I did purge most of the felt but I kept the easier to use shapes like hearts and stars - and arrows since they are trendy right now. I also had some epoxy stickers from MAMBI so I created a visual triangle with those (thus breaking up the title a bit). And the blue circles were also from a random sheet of embellishments that I think I also picked up at a scrapbook yardsale so who knows there those came from - they do sort of look like old Simple Scrapbooks or Creating Keepsakes product - anyone know? Finally, I picked up some new Tim Holtz black letter stickers - the kind that look like they are from an old fashioned label maker - and I had some old sticker sheets with the same kind of letters - from like 10 years ago (everything old is new again if you just wait long enough!) and I mixed those in.
THE PURGE: I didn't actually purge much while making this layout but I did do some random reorganizing (sewing supplies and project life cards) while making this page; so a slight improvement in the craft room craziness.
Here is the finished page:
How do you purge your old scrapbook supplies? Does your scrapbook stash have an expiration date? What is your scrapbook supply shelf life?
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