Oh, how I love scrap supply shopping. If only there were a way to make a living by shopping for all the pretty items on the market. I sometimes fantasize that there were such an occupation as “Scrap Supply Personal Shopper.” Now that’s a job that I would happily do seven days a week.
I purchase paper at a far higher rate than I use it. Even when I scrap a little something every day, I don’t make a dent. At first I was confused by this fact. Then I began doing some calculations. Each layout I make generally uses less than 2 pieces of paper. So if an order has 50 papers (usually 2-3 collections plus individual papers), then it will take me a month of scrapping a layout a day to catch up with that order. I do not finish a layout a day. In fact, during my work weeks, it averages 1-2 layouts a week. (Yes, I really do love math.) No wonder the paper is piling up!
Since I have so much paper, it is rare that I get a new order and use it right away. Usually I am slogging through older papers and my piles of scraps first. By the time I get to a “new” order, it could very well be a year later! That’s crazy!
So when my most recent order arrived, I decided enough was enough. Those papers were NOT automatically going into my stash. I sorted through them and chose 3 to use immediately. They happen to come from Jen Hadfield’s DIY Home collection for Pebbles. (I know, it is not a new collection. It came out a year ago. However, it is new to me.) I just adore the peach, navy, and grey.
After choosing the papers, I sorted through my photos and found this 5×7 I took while in San Fransisco. The color of the sunset fit perfectly with the peach of my background paper. From there, it didn’t take long to come up with a design. I knew I wanted my photo to sit on the navy chevron. However, this created a problem. The photo didn’t look right on top of the navy. The dark buildings blended in too well with the dark paper. So I sorted through my scraps and found that grey/beige (greige?) dot paper that worked well as a mat for the photo.
So where is the third paper I chose? I used it as the main embellishment for this page. There is a lovely bold floral paper in this collection that was just calling to me. I decided to fussy cut it so that I would have some matching embellishments. You see, I didn’t actually have much in my stash that worked with the collection. It forced me out of my comfort zone to cut out those flowers.
Fussy cutting is something I try to avoid. I have two major issues with fussy cutting. First, I do not have steady hands. I was never going to be a surgeon. Shaky hands when dealing with delicate cuts such as the stems for the leaves above results in disaster. My second issue is a lack of patience. I will carefully cut out around half a shape and then decide I’m bored and need to go faster. Not a good idea. At least I have the “move the paper, not the scissors” technique down. For once, no paper was harmed in the creating of these fussy cuts.
I’m so glad I dove into my new supplies right away. I love this new layout.