Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I Love My Stuff!

I do.  I love my stuff!  It's fun to just look at all the pretty papers, cardstock, and punches lined up on my Bigel Rods and nestled in drawers and just imagine what pretty cards I could make with them.

This paper crafting hobby began four years ago with a package of cardstock, one box of A2 envelopes, a few stickers and some loose sheets of patterned paper.  At that time, all my supplies would fit into a single 12 x 15" file box.  I made my cards on my fabric cutting table in my sewing room.

Within six months, I had to remove my sewing machines to make room for my paper.  Before the end of the next year, all my fabrics were stored inside totes, put into the garage, and I'd purchased an entire set of JetMax cubes just to hold paper and embellshments.

My Tim Holtz items are some of my very favorites.  I'll often take down a stack or two of his paper and just flip through the pages enjoying the colors and patterns.  So many great ideas pop into my mind, but, if I cut it and use it, it's gone!  So,  I savor the moment, and put the paper back into the cube it's stored in.

I've driven hundreds of miles searching for just the right containers to store my supplies and agonized over buying one or two of an item while standing in the aisle at Hobby Lobby with only one 40% off coupon to use.

Hours have been spent researching and deciding what will be the best way to store markers, embellishments and ribbon.  The first method, which seems ideal at the time, generally winds up being just a prototype.

 My ribbon has been kept in boxes, jars, stored in loose coils, standing on edge on wire shelves in its original spools and is currently wrapped around cardboard shapes that I cut with my Cricut.  It's now standing on edge in a drawer beneath my work surface and in easy reach.

The first set of markers that I purchased were BIC brand and they came in their own plastic storage case.  Then I was introduced to Stampin' Up markers and was convinced that if I bought the entire set with the case that I'd never want or need to buy any other brand.  Wrong!  Along came a blogger named Enfys and Promarkers.  Surely I could do much better work if I just had the brand of markers she was using!  Her colored images were so perfectly shaded and she even posted video tutorials showing how simple it was to do.  Of course I had to get some of those!

It's fun, to me, to reorganize my supplies.  Most recently, I sorted all my loose patterned papers into color groups and placed it beside the coordinating solid cardstock.  I've also come up with a great system for storing and organizing my Promarkers and grouping my finished cards to make them easier to ship.

All in all, I just love my stuff!  Looking at it, rearranging it, sorting it, and sometimes I even use some of it!





9 comments:

A splash here and there said...

LOL this post just put a smile on my face. Ah, heck who am I kidding?!!! I giggled the whole time! I feel the same way. Sometimes I get nothing done in my endless quest for reorganization - I just stop in the middle of it all staring at all the pretty stacks of papers and all the glittery embelishes.....ahhhhh! Sometimes I even have a hard time using my stuff 'cause I have a hard time letting them go - honest! Enjoy your day "reorganizing".

;) MelodyR

Carrie K said...

I love all my stuff too! It always seems like I want more but I also wonder if I would be more creative if I didn't have so much!

Robin's Crafty Thing's said...

LOL, Well said my friend!

Rosa Lee Howington said...

I LOVE my stuff too! I have loved stationary, pens, scisors, glitter, glue, color pencils and and and... since I was young, long before it was so popular. I don't have kids yet I can't miss out on back to school sales either. I so relate to your blog... In fact I think I go "organize" for a bit.....

Vanessa said...

I can relate so much to what you said! I love flipping through paper and dreaming of what I'll make (someday). And the coupon thing--been there! If it's 50%, the real agony starts. Thanks for reminding me I'm not alone!

cgreer said...

I think many of us can recognize ourselves in your post!

MaryH said...

You were describing ME!I had to laugh reading this, as it is so true of how I am. I always think if I just get the 'next tool', punch, etc, that I can definitely make better cards. And I struggle just to keep up with birthdays, etc, not doing a blog as you do! Love reading your blog, seeing your lovely cards. Thanks

Brenda said...

This post made me smile Linda as I can so relate to everything your said! I love to just sit and look at all the things that are near and dear to my heart in my craft room. I know I started off with just a few things and then I went to using a luggage cart to store my goodies on in my oranizing bags and now I have a whole large room for my stuff!! And sometimes I feel like I still don't have enough room and I laugh. Like you I even like to use some of my stash from time to time. Thanks for the smile!!!

Scrappy Heartz said...

well spoken! I thought you were making fun of me when I first read it and then thought...she has never met me so how could she be saying this about me!! Made my day!!

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