Welcome to the Happiness Blog Hop, brought to you buy Scrapworthy Lives!
You should have arrived here from Abstracts Mixed with Extract . If you didn’t, no worries. There’s a complete list of participants at the end of this post. This month the we are focusing on buying some happiness. Can modest splurges on scrapbooking truly make us happy?
I have a unique perspective on this right now. I had to pack up 85% of my supplies so that I could stage a TV room to help sell my house. It’s a small sacrifice to make if it helps, but in the daily life of a crafter, it’s a monumental change.
I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact that it may be months before I have access to all my paper and products again. But in the meantime, I will try to learn from the experience rather than dwelling on it.
Give Something Up
When I realized that I was going to have to pack up everything, I knew that giving up the excess might be a good exercise. That’s what I packed first. The excess cardstock, any paper I wasn’t immediately inspired by, unused mini albums, extra ribbon and flowers, etc… Because I would be left with so little, I really had incentive to pick out the things I know I want to use.
I can admit that I have been guilty of saving things until the right layout comes along. I will buy a package of beautiful Prima flowers but then never use them because I don’t have a layout that feels special enough. But at this point, because I only have a few things, I actually intend to use everything I set aside. No more saving it for the right time.
Invest in scrapbooking
This is perhaps the idea that I’m most excited about as it relates to my supplies going into exile. I created several large kits with all of the paper lines and pattern papers that are really inspiring me right now. These kits will enable me to continue to scrapbook and create projects. I’ll finally be getting a return on my investment in all the products I have purchased but have not yet used. I’m thrilled by the idea that I’ll be focused on these kits and not by new products coming in the door.
Buying some scrapbooking happiness
I never realized how gratifying a small purchase can be. Right now, large online orders aren’t an option. I have enough boxes of paper in the garage already. If I need something, it will come from the craft store down the street. I did pick up a few embellishments and a package of Thickers at Hobby Lobby the other day. It felt really good to buy just a little something.
All of this makes me realize that regardless of how big your scrap space is, no matter how many products you have, the only things that are important are the things you really love. When I can buy new things in the future, I’ll be more conscious of only purchasing papers and products that I love and will use. Less excess. That really makes me happy.
Now it’s time to hop on over to visit Katie Scott at Kiss and Tell Scrapbooking.
If you missed any of the posts in this blog hop, here is the entire list:
Your Memory Connection (<—-That’s me!)