I was treated to a bumper parcel of beautiful scrap treats the other day from my lovely friend Tiffany.
And it’s been funny to notice how, since adding lots of fresh beauty to my little stash, my creating has felt rejuvenated.
Here are a few observations on stuff – the joy of a small stash and the thrill of the new…
When you’re working on a budget, recycling layouts can actually work a treat.
Sure, you need to be doing this for the creative joy (though if you photograph your pages well, they could still form the pages of a beautiful photobook), but pulling pricey embellishments off of old pages and popping them back in your stash to be played with again, can make really good sense when the pennies aren’t there.
After all, there are plenty of other creative outlets where the created thing doesn’t last forever: think flower arranging, music and theatre performances, baking, ice and sand sculptures, make-up and hairdressing… I’m certain there are loads of others.
I’ve been on a spending freeze so far this year and I won’t pretend it’s been at all easy. In fact, I’m about to spectacularly ‘pause’ it when my birthday rolls around… no gifts other than scrap product please, lol!
It’s occurred to me that being on a spending freeze can have the effect of making you feel quite deprived, envious and suddenly wanting every new thing desperately.
I guess it’s about balance: keeping our stashes topped up and healthy is part of the fun.
But that spending needs to be kept an eye on – it’s so easy to convince ourselves that those purchases don’t add up, isn’t it?
But receiving the beautiful treats from Tiffany did make me newly aware that new things are lovely and help inject inspiration and energy into your creativity no end… I’ve suddenly found myself wanting to make *all the things* now I have fresh new pieces to play with.
An argument for subbing to a kit club, if ever there was one!
I think it’s worth reminding ourselves from time to time that creativity doesn’t need to cost much at all.
I love to keep an eye on how the tweenies in my world create their own versions of things they see on Pinterest, using what they already have.
It’s inspiring and I love how they instinctively know how to have fun with their creativity without focussing too much on the results.
Between generous gifts, printables (loving the new printer!) and a whole load of layout surgery (!) my stash is actually as healthy as it’s been in a long while.
Yes, that’s it in it’s entirety (see above photo) but there’s actually plenty there.
I think the tricky part is trying to stay feeling inspired by products that have already seen a few pages… I have plenty of favourite embellishments, but each time they’re pulled off a project they lose a little of their original freshness.
Some are just plain grubby, if I’m honest!
One final observation on this topic is on gratitude and appreciation.
When I was on Design Teams and had lots of beautiful product coming in each month, I was delighted and thrilled to get it, but not half as appreciative as I am these days of having very little.
I definitely prefer the new depth of gratitude and joy I experience in having pretty things and being given more, now that it’s a rarity.