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.