Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dehoarding Project #1

A few months ago, I found out about a TV show about people who have hoarding problems. I didn't know what to think about the people they feature and the stuff they accumulate, but the show moved me to clean my bathroom at 12 midnight!

As a paper crafter, I can relate to the "hoarding" mentality. It is especially hard for me because I can't easily get supplies here if and when I run out. Thankfully, I have a very limited crafting space in our bedroom that FORCES me not to keep things. I still find myself acquiring things that are neglected after awhile. So, a few weeks ago, I decided to start what I call my "Dehoarding Project." I know it's a made up word, but I can't think of an antonym of hoarding. :-)

I gather my coordinating supplies and limit myself to a block of time. Then, I just start creating with them. This is a project I did for a friend's charity auction. The supplies I used:
Time limit: 1.5 hours
DeHoarding 1
Here are some tips I shared in a previous post about mass producing cards that I'll share here again:
  • Use a paper collection to mix and match since they are already color coordinated for you. To get started, I cut 4" x 5.25" sheets of patterned papers. I then mix them with the others in the collection. And as much as you'd like to, resist keeping every little piece of leftover patterned paper. I usually don't keep anything that is smaller than a 4" x 4."
  • Use the collection's colors as a guide and limit the colors you use for your card base.
  • Follow a simple sketch to keep the creative juices flowing.
  • Utilize available tools like punches, stamps and stickers to get the job done.
Here are two of the cards I made. You can see the other 4 in the SRM Blog post today. These papers make my cards look layered. And having the SRM Stickers make them super fast to create.
WYW card2
WYW card4
I packaged my cards in a box and sent them off for the charity auction. I love making card kits and to give them away. They make such a beautiful gift. How about you? Do you have any tips and tricks on how to use up the products you already have? Please do share :-).

On another note, I have something new and exciting coming up. Here's a little snippet:
Any guesses on what it could be? Hmmmm. :-)
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  1. Your cards are gorgeous, Nina! Sounds like a fantastic idea! I could certainly use some "dehoarding"!

  2. the whole set is just lovely, nina:)

  3. hoarder here...well, not quite as bad as that tv show..yipes.

    THANK you for these tips...I like this idea of gathering and mass producing. I have a hard time mass producing but like you method.

    Your cards are simply gorgeous!

  4. I just saw that show about a month ago and it freaks me out!!! I think, "How can that happen?"...then I step in my stamping area and see I have a teeny weeny percentage of it when it comes to dp, lol! Ugh.... When I see the show, I get this strong urge to clean/throw something away...
    Your cards are just lovely and will definitely be doing some dehoarding projects. Maybe we can have a dehoarding hop, lol!! Thanks for the inspiration my friend!

  5. As always, your cards are simply gorgeous! I can't believe you work in a tiny space - I would have imagined you having a very large, fully equipped studio! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity! Thanks for the dehoarding inspiration, my friend! I'm thinking I'll do a little of that today! And...what a tease you are! Now I cannot WAIT to see what new and exciting something has your name on it!!! lol...Hugs!

  6. Well, I need to stop collecting so much craft material...I can't make as fast as i collect....I'm trying to do better!

  7. I can identify with the "hoarding" of scrapbook papers, trim, etc. Love your creations.

  8. This sounds like a fun project. I may have to give it a try! I enjoy making card sets as gifts. I am completely baffled by your sneak peek, but it must be a new stamp set or product line of your own!

  9. I'm not sure why, but I can't see your pictures on my email or on your site. I'm sure whatever you created is as wonderful as usual!

  10. Beautiful cards, Nina! I guess you have created a new signature!!!

  11. Looking forward to seeing what you have been working on. Your cards are great!

  12. Gorgeous card!!! I'm not good with surprises...tell me now woman!!! :)

  13. Beautiful cards, great tips and thanks so much for sharing your scenery in your prior post! God's creativity and beauty are the ultimate inspiration!


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