Happiness Project Blog Hop | Buy Some Happiness

Welcome to the Happiness Blog Hop, brought to you buy Scrapworthy Lives! 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.

This is all that’s left. One small corner of the room.

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.Β 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.

Spending Out

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 moreΒ consciousΒ of only purchasing papers and products that I love and will use. Less excess. That really makes me happy.

Thanks for stopping by today.

28 Comments

  1. What a great idea to make kits up while your stuff is packed away! I’m glad you’re able to find happiness in the small purchases right now too, whatever the reason may be πŸ™‚

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    • It was an inspired idea, if I do say so! πŸ˜€ It’s the only way I’ll be able to survive this and still create projects.

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  2. Wow – I often imagine what I’d keep and get rid of if we were moving or if I had to put supplies into storage. Your small space looks awesome!

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    • Thanks! It’s a challenge but just a temporary inconvenience. πŸ™‚

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  3. I love your space. I have found that if I buy what I really like even if a few more dollars I use it more than just buying something cheaper that I don’t totally love.

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    • I’m so with you! Once upon a time I bought every stack that came along. When I never used the paper I woke up and stopped doing that. No reason to have all that extra stuff around.

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  4. It sucks having to pare down, but it looks good, and if it gets you thinking more critically about what you have it’s kind of a bonus really. At least now you have a really good idea of what you own and how to use it. I too am thinking we might move soon, so I’m looking at my stuff in a new way.

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    • I really do recommend making kits. It keeps everything you need together and it’s ready to go when you need it! πŸ™‚

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  5. Though I love buying a couple of full bags from Archivers (I live a couple of hours from one) every now and then, but enjoy the small purchase, too. I think I like the small purchases a bit better simply because I can put my purchases away in just a couple of minutes.

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    • I’m looking forward to using them right away! Normally it takes me awhile to get around to new stuff because I have other projects already planned. Now? I’m ripping open the packages right away! πŸ˜€

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  6. I love the idea of making some kits to keep you going while you have supplies packed! I think this entire process will make you look differently at future purchases. I would love to remove everything from my studio and return only the items I am in love with. Unfortunately, I don’t have the drive to take it on right now.

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    • It’s a big job, but if you ever do it, it’s totally worth the time. I did that when I moved into this house and it was a great exercise. πŸ™‚

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  7. Love, love your tips today!! πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  8. Sorry about the downsizing. Hopefully it will not be long until you can spread out again. I love the idea of the kits though! What a great idea! Good luck with the smaller space! -Amanda

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    • Thank you! I made sure to pack lot’s of extras so that I will have enough to keep me going. πŸ™‚

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  9. Great thoughts on supplies Tammy.

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    • Thanks Melissa!

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  10. Wow! Boxing up the majority of your supplies was probably quite an experience! I am sure it pushes you to create with just what you love. I found taking Big Picture’s Finding Your Way class to do the same for me. It really pushed me to focus on exactly what I use and not to purchase the things I don’t (rub ons). Good luck on the sale of your home!

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    • Thank you! It was pretty painful but I’m looking forward to creating with this little challenge. Sometimes you have to shake it up! πŸ™‚

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  11. I think we are more creative when we have less.
    It makes us come up with creative ways on how to use our supplies.
    But even though I know this, I keep on buying new supplies and papers, lol.

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    • I know. It’s so hard! I’m hoping the creativity thing will come out. I really have incentive not to buy stuff because no matter what, it has to be moved. But I still want to shop too. Such a hard habit to break.

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  12. Great thoughts and ideas for letting go of supplies. I find that when I have less to choose from I’m actually more creative and can create faster (less choices)!

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    • I’ll be putting this in action soon. Wish me luck…. LOL. πŸ™‚

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  13. Wonderful post, and very timely for me. I just donated a huge stack of colored cardstock and a big box of scrapbook supplies to a local PTO that runs a thrift store to raise money for the schools. It felt so good! I really feel stifled with too much stuff, and need to focus on adjusting my inflow/outflow. While the huge shopping trip is very exciting, it takes me so long to use it all up! I know smaller, more frequent purchases would suit me so much better.

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    • I’m starting to move in the same direction. There is no LSS for me here in the Nashville area (I have to drive about 45 minutes in either direction to get to the ones that are closest) so it’s hard for me to do frequent right now. But there’s a great store in Orlando that I will be thrilled to get back to when I move. That will make it easier to stop in and pick up a few new things once a month. πŸ™‚

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  14. Oh wow what a change for you! Hope the house sells soon!

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  15. Thanks Melissa. In this economy it’s hit or miss but I have hope! πŸ™‚

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