The New Year brings with it many things: celebrations, resolutions, challenges, and victories. Many of us have an opportunity to make major changes in our lives at the beginning of every year and our intentions are good. Sometimes though, after a very short time, our intentions seem to give way to the challenges of everyday living and even our best intentions fall by the wayside. Maybe this year can be different.
The old saying “out with the old, in with the new” is often heard as we celebrate this holiday. Why not put these words into action for your scrapbooking in the New Year? Wouldn’t it be satisfying to finally follow through on one of your resolutions/intentions? This might be one of the easiest changes you can make and it doesn’t require a yearlong commitment.
Start with taking inventory of your “stash”, you know you have one – every scrapper does. Acquisition is at least 30% of the hobby after all. We have all fallen in love with new paper and embellishment collections we see in our local scrapbook stores even though we have no idea what we will do with them at the time. We purchase them, bring them home, look at them again and store them away for the day we find a use for them. If you have had them for over a year and not found any way of using them in your scrapbook layouts, perhaps it’s time to take them out of your stash and make room for something new.
Next, look at the tools you have purchased: Punches, pens, stamps, even cutting machines and accessories. Some to them are still useful on a regular basis, but you will find that many were really a one use item and have sat idle for too long. Clear the shelves of these too.
Finally, go through you scrapbook magazines and idea books. This should be very simple because layout ideas, like clothing, go out of style. It is probably safe to say that any magazines over a year old are ready to be recycled or reused in some way.
Now that you have done these three things, what do you do with the items that at one time were so valuable to you? Make them valuable again. Start by making an inventory of the items and then be creative.
Get together with your cropping friends and have a swap or garage sale. It can be a casual event, even combined with a crop, and it can give you an opportunity to move out the old and bring in some new without costing you anything. Or, check with your local scrapbook store to see if they might have a sale event. Scrappy Chic in Livonia has three garage sales a year where scrappers have the opportunity to sell their no longer needed supplies and earn credit for future purchases in their store.
If you don’t want to put much time into getting rid of what you realize you no longer need, donate it. Schools, women’s shelters, senior centers and hospitals are often very happy to receive donations of this kind and they put them to good use.
Whatever you decide to do, make this the year you are “out with the old, in with the new” in your scrapbooking life and feel good about the accomplishment.
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