Working Through My Stash and Tales of De-cluttering….

Good afternoon! In December we decided it was time to turn our office/my craft space into a bedroom for Weston. This was great for him, not so great for us in some ways. We had to find a place outside of our home to office (we’ve officed out of the home for 10 years now!) and I had to give up having a dedicated craft space. In order to do this, I had to really go through and purge a lot of stuff and get back to the basics. That means having 2 closets that contain two Ikea Expedit 16 cube shelving units. I had to be able to close those doors and have everything crafty contained in there. Plus, I had to move my beloved stainless steel top desk out to the garage 😦 So now I work in his room in the corner on a folding table, which I have pretty much ruined with paints and ink already. OK, not ruined in my opinion, but maybe in someone else’s 🙂 This would also explain the fact that I rarely use my Silhouette Cameo I got for Christmas. For some reason it’s in my bedroom on the other side of the house. It wouldn’t fit in the closet.

The reason I tell you all this, is that I need to publicly acknowledge that I may have a hoarding problem. 🙂 I have kits going back almost 2 years full of cute papers, neat-o embellishments, stamps, stickers…you name it. Tons of really cute stuff that I just put in a box fully intending to use, but never got around to it. I did an honest evaluation of my stash and determined first of all that all of those paper stacks (you know…the K&Co, DCWV, etc. stuff you get at Hobby Lobby and Michael’s) needed to go. There was no way I was ever going to get through them all. Plus, I once had hours on end to mix and match and coordinate different products and manufacturers. I have since learned the beauty of buying stuff that is already pre-coordinated for me. It takes the guesswork out of having a really well designed and cohesive page.

So that brings me to the point of this post. I have recently purchased some new goodies like the Maggie Holmes stuff from my last post, but I am seriously working on getting layouts done using those old kits. I have picked through some of them, so I may have to mix in a few new goodies. 🙂

That said, please don’t judge when you see (gasp!) paper lines from 2010, 2011, and early 2012. 🙂 I think that good design can trump the use of older products, or at least that’s what I’m telling myself!!

Here are a few pages I have been working on. I continue to struggle with 2 page layouts, but sometimes they just have to be done.





So go ahead and dig through that stash, who knows what you’ll find!! Have a great week!


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carolyn
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 17:35:34

    Loving your newest layouts, the bright colors, elements, and fun photos! I had to laugh when I read that you scrap using old pp kits……oh, no!!! I, too, have several old kits and always hope that no one notices just how old they are when they see my layouts. I figure that my DGD will never know…..and, it really doesn’t make that much difference to me! Great job on the two pagers!


  2. Julie Tucker-Wolek
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 20:02:45

    Girlllllllllllllll this is ACTUALLY AWESOME that you are de-stashing!! Seriously! I have SWORN to do this all this year!! So far I am rockin’ it –lol!! 🙂 And my theory is … in 50 years when our grandkids are looking at our pages … it WILL ALL BE OLD THEN!!!! 🙂 I love love love your pages!!!


  3. Andrea Kuenzel
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 20:31:30

    love love melissa!! These pages are just wonderful and I love that you are using all of that product! I love to use all brand new collections, but I get so much satisfaction from using older stuff… mixing old with the new! I love using stuff up!! BTW.. I put your blog on my favorites bookmarks.. I need to be looking at it more often! 🙂


  4. Ashley Horton
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 09:43:51

    All of these are FAB Melissa!! Really loving that first one of Weston!!! I had to give up my Craft Room for Reese, so I know how you feel. All of my stuff got moved to our bedroom!! And I am with Julie, when our kids are old enough to appreciate the albums, all of the papers will be “old” at that point anyway!! 🙂


  5. Megan D
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 19:47:45

    I know how you feel. My stacks are packed up for a rummage sale. And I’m trying to talk myself out of the cameo. The key to 2 pagers is to carry the paper across both pages or some sort of lines across the page draw your eye along. Lots of cute layouts!!!


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