Thursday, July 7, 2016

100 Patterned Paper Challenge

Hello everyone! Happy Thursday! Our week of family vacation is almost over - and I am so sad about that! We don't ever go far, but I'm going to miss sleeping in and having no schedule! We are headed to the pool today - if the weather cooperates. Right now we have storm warnings out - so we will see...

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 soul 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!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a fantastic day!


  1. I love to make up my own challenges! I have several stamp ones I am working through right now. I love the idea of trying to use up 100 patterned papers on layouts. I really need to get back to scrapping, thinking about giving this a try!

  2. I need to do something like this to motivate myself. I have so many old kits just laying around. I think what I may do is get an old paper box and try to fill it with used paper before year end.

  3. Willa Jean CoatesJuly 7, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    I so need to do this too! I will be looking for that FB page, too!

  4. What a great idea! I am going to try and do this challenge too!

  5. What a great idea! I have so much patterned paper, too, and have a hard time putting it to use. I'm better off with solids, but, like you, can't resist a good deal or pretty paper.

    Congrats and good luck!


  6. I have some of those same papers in my stash! Challenge accepted! I will pull my papers (I'm doing 100 though, more then that I might have a nervous breakdown lol!) tonight and post on my blog! I'll check back with you at the end of August and see where you are at and we can compare piles/stories!

  7. Sounds like a fun challenge :) Wow that is a big stack when you have a 100 pcs :) I usually do about 20 to 30 each month in my kits so 100 that is alot to tackle but I have faith in you :) I agree it is fun to pair up the old with the new and get it used up that way :) I look forward to seeing how you get along with this challenge

  8. LOL! Lori, I think we live in a parallel universe. I have an addiction to pp as well... and YES! I certainly 100% remember Chatterbox's Scrapbook Walls papers!!Loved them and had a few, for sure. LOL! What a great idea for a challenge. You go girl! :)

  9. Oh that a laudable challenge - good luck! I have often wanted to do the same - maybe next year. This summer I'm challenging myself to work on projects in process - I don't have 100 of those, but certainly too many.