I can’t believe I’m about to say this. I have too many scrappy supplies. It isn’t just an organizational problem. (Trust me, that is a real issue.) The amount of scrappy goodness living in my craft room is more than I can wrap my head around.
It wasn’t that long ago that I could tell you what I had. For any given project I could tell you what die cuts, chipboard, or matching buttons would work. Now, I dig through an entire huge basket of die cuts because I’m not sure what I have. There are drawers that I paw through, only to find something I don’t even remember buying. All of this sorting through product takes time away from actual crafting.
Luckily I haven’t doubled up on purchasing materials too often. Occasionally I will accidentally duplicate a piece of paper. Honestly, I don’t worry much about that. If I have 2 of the same paper, it just means I really liked it. Both pieces will get used.
But, it is starting to interfere with my purchasing in another way. Since I have so much product, I don’t know what I actually need. (I know what you are thinking. You are thinking that if you have that much stuff, you don’t need anything! Basic logic.) However, that became a problem when I ran out of adhesive. Have you ever tried to scrapbook without adhesive? I simply didn’t notice that my tape runners were gone because I had 3 packages of small glue dots where I keep my adhesive.
This issue reared its ugly head again as I was trying to make Christmas cards. I assumed that I had plenty of 6×6 paper pads that were Christmas themed. So as I sorted through my pads I was gobsmacked to discover that I had one partial Christmas pad. It is mostly comprised of chevrons and polka dots that are cream, brick red, or turquoise. Not exactly the colors or motifs I wanted on this particular day. Since I have so much of everything, I thought I had what I needed. Not so.
In the end, I did make a card. I used some scraps in some not very Christmas colors. And I vow to buy less, and use more. Yes, I have said that before. Maybe it’s a good New Year’s resolution. That gives me 2 more months to shop.