Project Inspiration: Knowing what you have and using your stash.
Are you buried under your stash? Do you organize and organize and still can't remember what you have? Do you put your purchases away in boxes, bins, drawers and baskets only to completely forget what you purchased?
You are not alone!
The goal of this blog is pretty simple. Use what we have. (We even have a Facebook Group dedicated to the topic.) Don't confuse that with not buying more....that is a totally different subject. Who am I to deny you the joy of shopping? Although, I AM on a crusade against shopping as a substitute for creating. You know who you are. I was one of you once, but no more. :)
If you have a large stash of supplies and let's face it most of us have enough supplies for a lifetime of crafting, then you probably struggle to remember what you have. Here are some indications I might be talking about you:
- Before you start a new project you begin looking through all of your supplies to find the perfect items for said project. This process can take hours if not days. The resulting pile of supplies could, in fact, create 5 to 10 of the same projects.
- You are consistently buying new boxes, bins, baskets for all of your new purchases.
- You re-organized your supplies over and over again, but never actually use them.
- You have that this thought. Maybe if I had everything perfectly organized, then I would find what I wanted.
- While organizing your supplies you find you have multiples of the same item. I am not talking paper or adhesive here. I am talking stamps, dies and tools.
- You are never create anything because your craft table/area/room is full of new purchases and you have nowhere to work/play.
The problem is not your supplies and how they are organized.
The truth is that after your stash gets large enough it would be impossible for any living human being to keep track of everything in their stash, much less put their hands on it when they wanted to use it. So just STOP trying, just STOP IT.....and look for a better solution.
Project Inspiration: My Solution
Last year I started Project Inspiration. My goal was to create an ATC (Artist Trading Card) for each of our challenges. While I did get many of the cards completed I still have a long way to go. Over Christmas break I was finally able to get all of the ATC trays on the wall in my craft room.
Looking for you own ATC tray?
Looking for you own ATC tray?
Most of the cards are not fancy and focus on a single product, with that product listed on the card (like the word ATC below.) I also have incorporated some family photos and other precious objects that make me happy. :)
Project Inspiration: Wood
Each week I will be creating a new ATC card for your weekly challenge. Below is the card I made for our 1st challenge....wood. I have also included a short tutorial.
One system is never enough, right? If you have been following me for a while then you have heard about my flower pots. If it is all new to you I will give you a brief recap. I created a set of flower pots (similar to the one below.) The set below is a brand new set. What happened to the original flower posts? (A bit nosy aren't you?) You will have to watch tomorrow's video to learn what lead to the demise of the original flower pots.
Each flower has a supply/product/technique listed on it. Then when I start a new card or ATC or tag or scrapbook page I either randomly pick a couple of flowers to use or I look at them as a reminder and choose based on the project.
I have talked at length about how this helps to push my creativity. It helps me to limit my decision make and it often pushes me to think outside the box to bring random products together. But mostly.....it reminds of what I have.
Tomorrow I will posting a video on how I created my altered wood flower posts, plus a list of topics I included. Be sure to stop back tomorrow for more information.
So fess up? Do you have more supplies then you can keep track of? How do YOU remember what you have?
Thanks for stopping by,