I originally started this blog with several objectives in mind - one being the need to get my craft supplies under control. I was looking for outside support and even partners in my endeavors to buy less and use up more of what I already had. Unfortunately, all my friends and readers were as supply-crazy as I was, so my mission to downsize was an epic fail.
As a matter of fact, as a result of making new online friends, submitting cards to challenges, and joining design teams, etc. my stash grew large enough to open a very large kiosk at the mall (with plenty of additional stock in storage).
I don't mind one bit that I failed in my mission because I've had a wonderful time here on the 'Net, made wonderful friends, and learned wonderful tips and techniques. It's all good!
However, since I moved my creative space downstairs to a much smaller area, I've been quietly learning what I need and don't need. I also travel to Cincinnati twice a year for a crafting retreat, and packing for this semi-annual event has really clarified my whole need-don't-need observations. A major seismic shift is in the making, and I'm going to share my findings over the coming weeks.
Since I've made some of the changes I'm going to share with y'all, my creative mojo is definitely on the upswing. I'm also faster, less torn between design choices, and generally a happier cardmaker. I also have a much easier time finding things and cleaning up my mess.
I know that all of this is attributable to downsizing/refining. It's all a matter of being smarter about what supplies I choose to have at hand. And, if you like to shop, never fear! I ended up replacing some supplies after wrestling with massive amounts of guilt, but the result is so fantastic I no longer feel guilty.
So I'm thinking I'll post my findings on Monday mornings, (look for "MPE" in the title) and let's hope that some of what I'm sharing will be useful to y'all.
Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!
Note: I renamed the title of this post and series about four hours after it posted because the original name (Simplifying the Papercrafting Experience) wasn't as accurate in describing what I'm writing about. Although simplification of my methodology is crucial, the main result - increasing my enjoyment of this hobby - is really what matters in the end!