I am so excited for my class Adventures in Scrapbooking: Use your Stash to start this week. Like many scrapbookers, I find myself buying more than I can use once in a while. Ok, more than once in a while. I also have trouble using my favorite products too. Today I have a challenge (and a new layout!) to share with you.
The key to using your stash is simple in theory: USE IT! Being productive and getting more done with your crafting key is an art in itself. Here are a few things I do to maximize my crafty time:
Just do it! Give up the idea of “perfect” and just scrap!
Do something every day – even if it’s 5minutes, something creative daily is good.
Let yourself use the best and most treasured items in your stash. Otherwise they’re just collecting dust!
Have fun. Loose the pressure and expectation – just enjoy!
Challenges are a great way to get your hands busy creating. Today I have a challenge I’d love you to try!
Find three things you really want to work with. Old, new, or packages yet to be opened. You can also include in this things from your stash of ideas. Old class assignments, techniques, a sketch you always wanted to try – any three things (product or ideas!) will do.
Find photo(s) that will work. Hopefully this step isn’t too hard – if you’re having trouble I suggest imperfect, single photo, older photos that have a story just waiting to be told, or otherwise photos that might not get scrapped any time soon? This can help speed up the process.
Creating time! Start with a neutral background (cardstock or nearly solid patterned paper) and play! The big reason I limit the “must use” items to three is to make it easier to be productive. Too many demands and it gets super hard!
For this challenge I’m going to work with Echo Park Paper Co. Life is Good line of paper and stickers (a new product line I’ve been dying to play with!). I am also going to break open my package of Dear Lizzy crochet flowers (I keep meaning to use them!), and I am going to use my Ranger Enamel Accents too.
This solo photo is one of the best ones I have of my daughters together and smiling this summer, and I decided to go for it and use it (even if there isn’t much of a story there). Guess what? I had so much FUN and with just three “must use” items in front of me I was able to quickly focus and get this page made.
I hope you try out my “3 must use” items challenge. I have a lot of thoughts on using your stash of photos, products, and ideas... for more you’ll have to join in class! You can find more info and register here. I hope you’ll join me!