As many of you know, I am addicted to message boards, specifically scrapbooking message boards. I love to read what everything is doing, thinking and scrapping about. You always get the scoop on the hot items, where the sales are and so on. There are a few things that always seem to come up on message boards and here are my thoughts on them.......
Most people think that I have a ton of stuff, and while I do have my fair share of paper and supplies, I don't think I have nearly what others have. I think we all have hoarding issues to some extent, but honestly, if I could use up everything that I have bought thus far, I would be one happy scrapper. What is the point of buying all the pretties and keeping them stashed away in your XXL, when you can use them in your book and have everyone oooooh and aaaaaah over them? I get so happy when I use a whole sheet of stickers up and I can throw away the packaging. It actually feels like I have succeeded in my investment, even if it is a $3 sheet of stickers. The biggest argument I hear from those hoarding their supplies is that they are waiting for the perfect pictures to use certain things on. Well, that's all good but by the time, you get those pictures, I am sure that there will be something new that you will want to use instead of that "old" paper that has been sitting in your bag for all of 2 months. Use those supplies!!!!! If you use the things you buy, you won't feel so guilty when you find new things that you want. The whole point of buying all the great supplies out there is for using them in your books. I can't think of any better way than to display them. New products are introduced so frequently in scrapping that a lot of these items go "out of style" rather quickly and then what do you do with them?
Throw them or keep them? Personally, I don't want stacks of old magazines piling up in my house, so I toss them. If there is anything in them that I would like to keep for whatever reason, I tear that page out, stick it in a binder and throw the rest away. At some point all of those magazines will be out of style, so why keep the clutter? I do not do this with my idea books, however. Those I keep in tact. I do clean them out every now and then to see if they still interest me and if they don't, I usually try to sell them or give them away. I love getting my magazines every month, but I just can't fathom keeping them all. This way, I get to keep those things that inspire me and toss the garbage that I have no use for. Any sketches I see in any magazine, automatically gets cut out and added to my sketch binder (one of my top favorite scrapping supplies that I have)
My style is usually pretty simple with clean lines, but from time to time, I like to try something different and change things up a bit. Whether it be a new technique or a new product, try something different on your pages. I do both one and two page layouts, I do layouts with one picture and some might have 10 pictures. I don't let the "I only do this many pages with this many pictures" get to me. I do what I feel like doing at that time and I really let my pictures determine how my layout is going be. Scrapbooking is my hobby and I don't want to stress about the number of pages, pictures, etc. This is supposed to be fun, not stressful. Let loose and try something new. I have no rules when it comes to scrapping and I like to keep it that way.