Monday, September 28, 2009

Sorting out my decorative paper

I took out all of my "bulk" papers from CTMH and dealt them out like cards until they were all mixed up into piles.  I put the same weight of paper into these bags and now I can sell them as variety packs.  I've rented a table at my neighborhood scrapbook store during their next "garage" sale, where I'll bring this paper.  Feels good to get rid of that.  You know, you hold onto it too long, then it goes out of style.  There are too many "new" papers coming out that are really desireable now.  But you must buy it as you use it.

I remember when I started papercrafting.  My sister got me into cardmaking.  I had some stamps, some stamp pads and some cardstock, I don't think I ever used decorative paper then.  This was about 12 years ago.  Then my other sister got me into scrapbooking, which meant more stuff.  I bought stencils and lots of templates and at that time I began buying die cuts and themed papers.  I never thought to use my stamps in scrapbooking back then.  Everything, even photos, were traced with wax pencils and then cut out with scissors, I didn't have any other cutting tools then.  I kept everything in a 4 drawyer rolling cart from rubbermaid.  It was nice having it all contained and manageable.  Those were the good old days.

I don't know what I love more, actual scrapbooking and cardmaking or buying materials for scrapbooking and cardmaking.  It's like fabric.  When I was sewing all the time, I would buy fabric for this and that and then all of a sudden I had stacks and stacks of fabric.  If you're not careful you will be buried in excess.  I would love to get back to that simpler state of papercrafting.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Kick off video

Finally! I finished the video that will kick off this blog, which is just below this post. MY GOAL: To use it up, and make a dent! That is to make a dent in my paper supply, to use more embellishments, to use more of the artistic mediums I've purchased over the years, to control myself when I shop for new stuff. I have to use more than I buy for this to work.

Oh, I also have to organize my photos so that they are more available and ready to get scrapbooked.

I started a mini album swap group to help "use it up", there's 4 of us. We'll swap a 6" x 6" finished page each month. I will upload those as we go, the first deadline will be October 30th, but may be in before that because everyone is really excited to get going on this project.

I spent yesterday and today organizing my papers and embelly's so that they will be more accessible when I'm looking for them. I organized items according to color and type. I sorted through all the bulk papers that I have and made piles of them to sell at a "garage sale" at a scrapbook store in town. (That will help make a dent, won't it?) I'll show you what I've done as I complete these projects. Thanks for watching and thanks for your interest.

Remember, don't just collect it, Use It!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My Cricut Cartridge Storage Idea

Here is a quick video of how I organized my Cricut cartridges.

I Begin

I begin here at this point.  I will upload a video of all the materials that I have to create with.  Then it will be my goal to weekly knock that pile down to a more reasonable pile.  The hardest part, I think, will be to not keep accumulating more stuff.  I will have to make a very conscious effort to control myself in the stores and in the Close To My Heart (CTMH) and other catalogs.  Yikes, have I bit off more than I can chew.  I hope not.  It must be done!  I must use it up!  Here we go..............................