Friday 5 March 2010

Stash Addict

My name is Bernice and I am a stash addict.  Not just pretty papers but blooms, flowers, brads, bling, distress inks, alcohol inks, embossing folders and plates, shaped 'naked' albums and lots more besides.

This is what the table looks like when I'm working

And this is what it looked like after I tidied up.

And like many of my scrapbooking friends I need to have the tools and the materials and the resources to be able to do whatever I need to do.   But in reality, it sits there and I stroke the papers and oo and ah over the prettiness of everything.   Then I buy some more!

And the thing about it is, that when I actually come to do a project whether it be a layout or a minibook, I haven't got the paper that I need for it or that matches the photo and so I have to buy some more.  

Somebody has to do it!!  How else do the scrapbooking shops stay in business?

I think the problem generally is that I buy paper in particular because it's pretty rather than for a particular project.  I would blame Cleo or Anneliese & Jamie but actually it's about my lack of self-control!!

And then of course, there's Shimelle!   She runs fabulous courses that I just HAVE to sign up for.   And I'm sure not to have the right stash for that.  Last year I collected Christmas stash all through the year especially if I saw it in the sale because I knew I was going to do Journal Your Christmas.  And what happened in December 2009.   You've guessed!  Yes, I bought some more.  And some stamps.  Oh, and then some more stamps because I was doing Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas!

And I rarely get to the end of Shimelle's courses.  I start them with great enthusiasm but somewhere along the line I get behind or, more than likely, distracted and start on something else.  So now I've signed up for Shimelle's new course: Something from Almost Nothing.  

It starts next week.  But today there's a pre-course challenge.   To blog about the stash.

So, there you are readers.  I've started with enthusiasm.  How long will I last?   The course is for 3 weeks starting next Wednesday (10th March) with emailed prompts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Should be possible shouldn't it!?!

Who will accompany me on this journey and keep me on the straight and narrow?


  1. Well you are beating me, I haven't done this challenge yet!

  2. You seem to have your stash all sorted and the first challenge done! I'm still busy looking what others are doing! Love your blog!

  3. I'm glad I'm not the only one...with loads of stash...but never the right thing for the layout I want to do!!!!
    Hopefully the pile is going to decrease as Shimelle's class progreses!!

  4. great job on the tidying! see you in shimelle's class :)

  5. It doesn't look that bad. I think everyone makes a mess while working, but it's all very tidy at the end. See you in class.

  6. I'm the opposite, I keep my desk fairly tidy when I'm working, getting rid of scraps/tools etc as I go but overall my stash is all over the place and very disorganised. great job on tidying up!


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