Monday, January 9, 2012

Inspire Me Monday

Oh dear, I got quoted over on Create With Joy's Inspire me Monday blog (here) so now I feel obligated to be inspiring today.  Those are some big shoes to fill!

How about I just tell you about what is inspiring me.  I have spotted this pledge to Use It Up (UIU) on several different blogs that I read.  The idea is instead of constantly running out and buying new crafting supplies you should use what you have.  Apparently, I'm not the only crafter who is over-flowing with STUFF.  UIU has several suggestions such as shopping your own stash, trading with others, or rethinking your project to fit what you have.  Those are all good suggestions.

I often say that I feel I was more creative when I had less stuff.  I really used to make do with what I had.  Now a whole project can grind to a halt or I can waste a whole afternoon searching through everything for just the right thing.  That said, I also like having lots of stuff to pick and chose from, but sometimes it is intimidating and it is too much.  Unlike many crafters I know I do downsize from time to time.  I'm often bringing patterned papers to share or stamps to sell to my friends and stamp club members.  I often hear, "I could never part with anything."  Well, the Use it Up campaign doesn't say you have to give it up, it just says don't get more.  That's a start.

I started some new crafting goals recently (baby steps if you will) and they were to use more stickers since I have a ton of them and to use up my bag of adhesive.   Why don't you make a little crafting goal too?  Start small and with something that can be achieved.  Open up that unused package of embellishments you have sitting around and slap them on a card, layout, or project today!.

The birthday cards on today's post both fit the Use It Up bill.  The first one has a stamp set that I bought on clearence and never used.  All the red paper that was used to paper piece the greeting were scraps I had lying around, and of course the flowers were from my extensive stash of flowers.  The second one is from a DeNami card kit.  I love card kits but I don't necessarily finish them off or use them all up.  This was from a partially used kit.

The Fine Print: First Card stamps by Stampendous, paper by various but mostly DCWV, flowers by Prima, and brad by Recollections. Second card everything by DeNami except for Marvy inks and Copic markers.


Carla said...

These are both wonderful, Judy! I have been using stuff up for about five years now. My big weaknesses are stamps and paper. I only buy a couple of pads a year now, plus everything that a|s makes, of course.

Create With Joy said...

The Paper Princess thinks that Princess Judy ROCKS! First, the quote, then the 1st official "Inspire Me Monday" post of the party (versus a creative share) - I think someone wants to be Queen of the Castle! :-)

I love both of your cards and I'm so happy to hear that you are participating in the UIU challenge to! That's a great idea with setting small but achievable crafting goals as you work thru your stash - I have a few of my own that I'm hoping to share as the year progresses!

If you're ever looking for someone to swap supplies with, drop me a line! It's an awesome way to get "new to you/me" goodies without spending more than the cost of postage!

Have a fabulously creative week - looking forward to more inspiration and UIU ideas from you!


Natalie said...

My daughter tells me I'll never be able to use the paper I have up. I still cringe when she raids my stash and uses my "good" papers.
So here's my UIU idea...make a starter stamper kit for a friend. I did this as a Christmas gift and it was fun.
Thanks for the great ideas PJ.