Saturday, February 11, 2017

Poop! There It Is


That sentiment brings a smile to my face.  I could not resist purchasing this stamp from The Paper Forest in Washington, Illinois.  I was invited there to come for a visit.  It had been a long time since I had stepped into a scrapbook store. Our local one closed a while back.  All we have here are the big box stores.  I walked around the store several times to make sure that I didn't miss a thing.

When I sat down to make something, I was at a loss as to where to begin.  Inspiration was an arms length away.  On the shelf next to me are books of sketches that I hadn't picked up in a long time.

As I looked through the sketches, I found one that would fit the stamp I wanted to use.  Then I looked through my box of 6x6 paper and found paper from a while back.  It really felt good to use supplies in my stash from long ago.  I did manage to find a store that still had the paper pad.

When I get in a rut, sometimes I just pull out a kit and make the exact things others have made.  I find it relaxing to just make something and follow the directions than to think of something new and original.


I hope that you don't mind that I pulled out old supplies to use with new stamps and used a sketch.   As crafters we go for the latest and greatest and we don't have time to use all our supplies.  Sometimes, with a little help (like a sketch) we can make a dent on our abundance of products that we have saved with 'some day' in mind.

Where do you go for inspiration when you get in a rut?




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15 comments:

  1. What a fun card. When I need inspiration I usually go to crafter's blogs or magazines.

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  2. Iliana,

    I, personally, love seeing you use what you have in your stash and not the "latest and greatest". I have been giving a lot of thought to how much stuff I really do own. I watch videos and get caught up wanting the products that were used, when I could just come away with an idea for a technique I haven't used in a long time or inspiration for a great color combination.

    Your card is so cute! I am sure you had a wonderful time shopping at a real LSS!

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    1. I have been really trying to use what I have. Since I don't have a local store, I have to shop my own stash. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. So "stinkin' CUTE"! (Pun intended! LOL)

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  4. Love this.
    Snarky is my middle name.
    thanks for sharing.

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  5. It's been a while since I've been to Paper Forest. I agree, there is something special about being able to walk around a "real" scrapbook store. I just wish it wasn't an hour and a half away... BTW, my creative corners arrived today and I'm ready to play.

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    1. Maybe next time I go I will let you know.

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  6. Oops, I'm such a dork. I forgot to mention how much I loved your card and the inspiration to revisit my old stash.

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  7. I find this a refreshing and wise reminder! Too often many of us put aside "new and never used" products because, way too quickly, we move on to purchase the latest and greatest.

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  8. Such a cute and fun card!! Thanks for sharing so many thoughts - one, that is ok to copy others - it's refreshing to hear that even the pros, like you, do that. It's also good reminder to use what we have. . . I love to purchase the latest and greatest. I made a resolution this year to not purchase anything new - no stamps, inks, dies. I'm having a hard time with that and have already purchased new stamps. . . . but one thing I'm very excited about is my new purchase of the creative corners. Love THEM!! Super great idea!!

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  9. It's normal to use other's creators ideas, otherwise why would they do all the work to produce a book with them ? And it's also good to see that I'm not the only one who need help to set-up a card.... ;-))
    I love your card, it's so funny. This stamps set is really cute.

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  10. Adorable card and stamp set. I was excited to see that there is a real scrapbook store that close to me. "Close" being adjusted to mean within three hours of me. Will have to go check it out.

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  11. I don't think using a sketch is any different than using Pinterest. Love the card and I'm all for rediscovering old goodies in my stash.

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  12. Adorable card!! Love that you raised your stash to make it. My craft room looks like a mini scrapbook store & every time I see something new I want it. I'm trying to stop buying & see if I can use products I already own & get the same effect. I do have the Misti Corners on my list of things I really NEED though!😆

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  13. Just adorable. I look for inspiration everywhere.

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