Have you ever seen the show Hoarders? I have watched an episode or two... and that is all I could handle. All the stuff these people 'collect'. WOW! I am ashamed to say that recently, as I was looking around my studio... I came to a realization... I am a "Scrap Hoarder". I have the hardest time throwing away even the smallest piece of scrap paper... "because I might be able to use it..." Below is a picture of all my scrap paper!
...and the sad thing is, most of these containers are to the point that it is more of a waste of time to look through than it is helpful! From this realization came a mission:
"To go through and organize my scraps."
I started last night... I tackeled the blue container, (it has all the blue scraps in it, I am some what organized with all the scraps!) The garbage that I found in there amazed me! Pieces of paper that I couldn't even get an 1" square punch out of... Yes... I am a Scrap Hoarder.
First Step: Admitting... check.
Now I must fix my problem.... I sorted the scraps into piles:
Throw Away -This pile contains scraps... minus the 's' = crap!
Keep - I tried to make this pieces of paper that were at least 3" or so...
Give Away - Paper that I know I will never use again... I am going to give to a local Chairity that I teach paper crafting at....
Card Making Bag - Smaller than 3" but paper that I love and could use to make cards.
Then I got to thinking... (uh-oh! we know what that can cause...) There were several pieces of blue scraps from paper that I had just loved... not big enough to really do anything with, but enough for maybe a punch or two... so out came my 1" square punch!
...and this is what I did:
A mosiac like paint can! This is a pint size paint can that I bought at Home Depot a while back... It was a couple bucks and just sitting on the shelf begging to be altered! (I want to go get another one to use Alcohol Inks on...just a thought!) Everything on this can was made using paper scraps... the flowers, the squares... even the top...
I had enough to make a rosette and punch a 2.5" scallop circle!
...then these mini's came...
...all from scraps! The blue card was made with all of these:
yes... I had kept these for the past two years... once again..."because I might use them..."
So, my question to you is,
"Are you a Scrapbook Hoarder"
What do you hoard? I also would like to know how you store your scraps? Is there a better way than how I am storing them?