And now for the rest of the story....
(Take that, Paul Harvey attorneys!)
In our last episode, Deborah stood in the midst of her craft room, completely paralyzed with indecision as to what items to put in her supply caddy. Should she go with the new Tim Holtz Grungeboard, or stick with the more familiar chipboard? Brads or eyelets? And what about ink?! Great jumpin' Jehoshephat - the ink - there's like ninety seven hundred different kinds and colors.... Like a deer in headlights, she stood frozen: biting her lip as her hand twitched over a drawer of ribbons, beads of sweat slowly trickling down her face....
Okay, okay, so I'm exaggerating a little. (Except for the part about the sweat. As I've mentioned before, there's no AC up there, and it was HOT.)
But, to be honest, my use of hyperbole is not entirely out of place. I suddenly felt very tired and almost threw in the towel right then and there. But then I decided I would just have to bite the bullet and make a decision. (Sheesh - do we have enough cliches in this post or what?)
Friends, I marched right over to the bookcase and closed my eyes. I stuck my hand out and grabbed the first magazine I touched. Somerset Studio, the May/June 2007 issue. I looked down at its cover:
There was a color palette I could work with.
I knew I wanted to use kraft paper for the cards, so I snatched that up, then I grabbed one piece each of blue, light green, and brown paper (I didn't think the goldenrod could hold its own on kraft). Snatched up some ink in those same colors, too.
Polka dots and wings on that cover? Hmmmm. In go the Swiss Dots embossing folder and the Martha Stewart butterfly punch. Better have a back-up...there's a rosette on that cover...got it! In goes the little nesting set of flower C'bug dies. Buttons?
DANGER, WILL ROBINSON, DANGER! TOO MANY BUTTONS TO CHOOSE FROM IN STASH!!! ABORT! ABORT!
Okaaaaaaaaay. No buttons it is.
DANGER, WILL ROBINSON, DANGE--!!!
Yeah, yeah. Okay, okay, I get it already. Just grab some stinking' blue, green and brown ribbons and be done with it.
I grabbed one background stamp and one pack of sentiment stamps. And then that big "sentiment" punch that weighs a ton (and will someday be the murder weapon in a best-selling thriller about a crop gone bad). And some bling. Can't forget the bling.
(Besides, it's really small and you can fit a lot of it in the side pocket of the caddy.)
I am ready to go forth and conquer!
*Star Wars kick-space-butt music fills the air*
Wow. These drugs ARE good....
Don't forget the stamp cleaner! Right. Got it. And the acrylic mount for the sentiments! Check. And glitter! One bottle of Stickles coming up. Diamond Glaze - imperative for mailing overseas, I should think! Brilliant idea - in she goes!
And, friends, I crept back down the stairs with the stealth and glee of a lunatic escaping from the boobyhatch. And I took to my bed, and I created with a speed that was, for me, right up there with Seabiscuit's. I am convinced that I was able to go fast because my options were so limited. You can spend hours debating which color of ink to use when faced with ninety-seven-hundred of them, but when you only have three colors....
And the same is true of stamps, embellishments, and all the rest of it. So this must be part of the secret. (At least for me, that is.)
You should try it.
Go ahead. Pull a magazine - ANY magazine - and use its cover to limit your options. It's amazing how much more freedom you have when you deliberately "limit" yourself.
I hope you try this and let me know how it goes.