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Getting the MOST out of your craft stash!

June 14, 2017

I’m a craft supplies hoarder.  If you’re reading this, so are you.  I love us just the way we are!  But let’s face it – we don’t use all of our pretty stickers, paper, sequins, and ephemera that are SUPPOSED to be used to make an explosion of awesome combined.  I’m not an expert but I still wanted to make pretty things, so I needed a SYSTEM – to stop hoarding and start making.

It’s been a good 4 years of craft supply hoarding for me, and I recently did a cleanse.  My rules were pretty simple.  DON’T KEEP IT IF YOU DON’T LOVE IT.  If I had to take a second to think “hmm what can I use this for??”… it went to the donate pile.  This set me up for the most productive week of creating in my life (THIS WEEK YAAAASSSS).

I pulled out my supplies and started to make 3×4 Project Life cards because this is the scrapbooking format I use the most.  (I also do 6×8 pages here and there.)

Everything I pulled out was MY FAVORITE THING, because that’s all I kept in my stash.  Every bit is PERFECT.  When I went to combine them, my cards turned out exactly how I imagined because they were just a combination of all my favorite things.

My favorite things:

  1. Pretty paper (I spent an afternoon cutting down almost ALL my 12×12 scrapbook paper to 3×4)
  2. Vellum
  3. 3D stickers (or make ANY sticker 3D with foam tape)
  4. Phrase stickers
  5. Glue stick (or literally any kind of glue you want)
  6. Sharp scissors

My favorite methods to create interest and dimension are foam tape, ripped/torn paper edges, and vellum.

(Real talk: it took me forever to love my own style.  Just because it isn’t beautiful like someone else’s project doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful like MINE.)

Some finished products (you can see more posted to Pinterest and the Ink Road Stamps Instagram!)…

Last tip: pick ONE thing from you stash and let it inspire your whole project.  I’m obsessed with these terrarium stickers from The Paper Studio (carried at Hobby Lobby)… so I let them steer my brain for a handful of cards and it went pretty well I think!

Finally, THE CRAFTERMATH:

Need more Inspiration?

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