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:
- Basic Grey Curio Papers
- Basic Grey Curio Chipboard Stickers
- SRM Stickers Wishing You Well Sticker Sentiments
- ribbons, buttons, flowers, lace and bling
- 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.
On another note, I have something new and exciting coming up. Here's a little snippet: