Scrapbooking Stash Dive – Pick 5 old products

Hey scrappy friends! Today I am sharing a quick and easy stash dive with you. The basic concept is this: dive into your stash, grab 5 products to use for a project, then create something! The “rules” are very loosey-goosey: one product can be a whole pack of embellishments, or a couple of papers from one collection., or just one teeny tiny little piece you’ve kept and just love. Also, you are in no way limited to the five items you’ve chosen; if you feel like adding a whole bunch more, go for it! But the goal is simply to make good use of those five products you’ve picked. …

I love my crafty leftovers! Handmade embellishment clusters

It really is oh so easy to let your stash pile up, no matter if you are nuts for pens or fresh new notebooks, stationery or scrapbooking material. Suddenly you find yourself with little bits of leftovers and old supplies at the bottom of a basket, and by then it is time to do something about it! I went through my stash and piled up a rather jumbled collection of, well, STUFF of all sorts, and decided I wanted to make some handmade embellishment clusters. The idea with these is pretty simple: pick out items that seem to go together, build them up in …

Honey, I shrank my stash – Sunday Stash Dive

Haaappy Sunday, scrappy people! This week I thought I’d take a little dive into my stash. Or at least, start dipping my toes! Here’s why: The truth is, I have a deep and bountiful stash (for which I am very grateful), and sometimes (…) I find things I sort of forgot about. Things bought in a rose-coloured-glasses moment that then got left behind. Not fair! Just because you don’t belong to the latest and greatest trend or to the most trendy manufacturer, it doesn’t mean you should just be left to gather dust. I think we can all relate to that …

My Scrappy Scraps, Storing and using them

Well hello there, fellow crafters and paper nerds! Today I want to talk a bit about our scrappy scraps, how I am storing them and mostly how I am using them. Inevitably, when working on projects with pretty paper, there is bound to be some off-cuts and leftovers. Do we throw these in the bin? Nooooooo. (Well, I knew a few people who do. Well, I know one person that does. Sometimes). I know that personally I can’t stand to waste any leftover scraps, because I might need them someday, honestly, all those piles of sheets of wonderful paper I have is not enough, …

Using My Stash – Tricky Paper #2

  So, I am having a go at round 2 of scrapbooking with a tricky paper in my stash. You can read about the first attempt in my last blog post here. By chance it just happens to be another paper from Creative Imaginations, this time by Christine Adolph: Estimated Age: Maybe 4 months in my stash, but I don’t know when the collection was released. Estimated Amount: Just the one sheet. If I Remember Correctly: It was a part of a bargain pack from my local craft store, the type when you get a pack of 10 surprise papers …

Using My Stash – Tricky Paper #1

  This week I thought I’d dig trough my stash and pick out a couple of oddball papers, that I keep for no other apparent reason than that they intrigue me, and think that some time in the future there will be a perfect time to use them. Like an “Eureka!” moment, when all the magical stars align, and as you are pulling out your paper there will be a choir of fluttering, naked baby-angels singing and a parade with 78 bloody trombones playing, because this weird paper you’ve had in your stash for years and never used will be …

Use Your Stash – My Last Word on the Bloody Velvet Ribbon

I promised yesterday that I would be done with this product this week. So, hence my last post on this darned self-adhesive crushed velvet ribbon. Finally! It isan’t ALL that, after all, I can imagine a week of “bla bla ribbon”, “bla bla I need to use it all!” can be a bit boring. So, last spurt. You can read the initial post about this product I found deep in my stash here, and also, read all about my project “Use Your Stash” over here on this page! Let’s do this thang: My friend Tess, when I whined about this …

Use Your Stash – Scrapbook Layouts with the Never Ending Crushed Velvet Ribbon

Yes. I’m still going at it with the self-adhesive crushed velvet ribbon. Seriously. I want it OUT of my stash, but I refuse to throw anything away. I bought the stuff, I have a responsibility to use it and not just keep it for several years in a box and then toss it out. You can’t really fight consumerism in this industry, because it’s just MADE for making you buy stuff (and I’m down with that, I don’t mind investing in pretty things that coincides with a cherished hobby). But you know… at least consume it once you do. And.. …

Use Your Stash – More Velvet Ribbon Cards

“Will this product never end?!” you think, and having asked the same question myself I can honestly say: NO. But I will keep at it until I see a visual dent in this part of my stash! So, more projects with self-adhesive crushed velvet ribbon is to be expected (has anyone ever blogged so this much about this? Surely! To the googles!) My initial thoughts and analyses about the product can be read here (clicky clicky). More about the project “Use Your Stash” is to be found here. Meanwhile, I made some more cards with this never-ending velvet ribbon. I …

Use Your Stash – The Crushed Velvet Ribbon Edition #2

If you read my last post, you’ll already know I am on a quest to Use My Stash, and right now, specifically use this darned self-adhesive crushed velvet ribbon that’s been lying around for more than five years. Here’s my thoughts about the To read a little bit more about my thoughts about this product, why I have it, and what was my original plan, I suggest reading my last post. Since I did tags last time, I thought I’d keep going with some cards for this post. I felt that the challenge would be NOT to make a Christmas …

Use Your Stash – The Crushed Velvet Ribbon Edition #1

So, yesterday I boldly announced that I will dive into my stash in a magical quest to USE WHAT I HAVE. You can read more about it on this page (clicky clicky)! Two of my statements are as follows: I will grab all the things I once loved, but now think is rather “bleh”, and incorporate them into my projects., and I will analyse why I bought them, and what they were originally for, and I will find new ways to use them. I will find stuff I have had in my stash from the very beginning and USE IT …

Use Your Stash – Beginning of a Project

Okay people, I am committing to this now. I am going to use what I have. I am going to use my stash! As a crafter, it is all too easy to fall for temptation and just keep adding to your collection of materials with the intent to make fun and glorious projects with them sometime in the future. And sometimes you might not even know that the products you buy are for – They are just pretty! So you add them to your stash. Then you find yourself with a stash of stuff you love but don’t use. Well, …