As some of you may know I am always looking for ways to keep myself motivated to use up my stash. I have this enormous amount of patterned paper, and I just keep adding to it. Just last week I bought four 12x12 paper pads at Tuesday Morning (who can pass up that $6.99 price?!) and I "may" have ordered two more paper pads that should be here some time this week. I readily admit that I am addicted to patterned paper, but I do want to get in and get some of my older stuff used up.
A couple of weeks ago I was looking through my paper stash for a certain piece of paper. Of course I got side tracked by all the pretty papers that I had forgotten I even had! So, I started pulling out a few papers - "this" paper would be cute for "this" layout, here is red, white, and blue papers - it's almost the fourth, "this" paper could be used for "those" photos, more red, white, and blue...well, you get the idea. This is what my floor looked like:
Some papers were pulled with the purpose of using them for project life style cards, some were pulled with a specific layout in mind, but my sole purpose was to pull these old papers and pair them up with some new papers to get them used up - maybe make some of my own kits along the way.
Then I came across a post in a Facebook group that I am in, where one of the members was challenging themselves to use up 100 patterned papers - or get rid of them. I thought, "I can do that - I just pulled a whole stack of old papers!" Just a little more incentive for me to get my stash used up!
Now my stack is more than 100 sheets. I counted out 100 sheets to "measure' my stack, and it's more like 4 -500 sheets, but they are now sitting in my scrap room, and I have already been using on them!
Some of the red, white, and blue papers that I pulled.
Old American Crafts collections.
Some solids - I have lots and lots of solids!
Old Chatterbox - Scrapbook Walls collections - does anyone even remember them? It's a good thing they have solid colors on the back side - maybe I'll get them used up!
Here is the stack - all ready to be used up:
I've not set a time limit yet for trying to work through this stack. I hope to see a big difference in the size by the end of summer, but I am a slow scrapper, so I know it might take a while! When I measured this stack it was 5 inches tall...maybe by the end of the year it will look a little smaller!
I am going to try to remember to take photos of the papers I pull before I start on a project to help me keep track of what I am getting used up.
I am excited on getting started with this challenge to myself, and heck, sometimes that is half the battle!
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