Sunday, 7 March 2010

Magpie Tendencies

All scrapbookers have these, right? Magpie tendencies? You see something shiny and lovely and you just have to add it your collection?

It might be something in a craft shop or something not actually intended for craft by its manufacturer but you can see the possibilities. It might include tickets and labels and tags and hanging ribbons and spare buttons from clothes and pretty jars and lids and boxes and pages from magazines because they had pretty patterns on them. It might include tools that you saved up for or begged as birthday or Christmas presents from those who love you and/or humour you.

It quite likely includes little darling items that you bought because you loved them but you've never quite figured out how or where to use them, or little items that are SO darling that you can't quite bring yourself to use them up - how pretty they look in their packaging! Now and then you get them out and look at them, but then they go away again because they're just so special.

It also probably includes items you've had so long that you've forgotten all about them.... And maybe a few things that seemed like a good idea at the time, but you never quite worked out how to use them. Maybe materials for a technique you'd love to try but you haven't yet found the time or the inclination or the courage (because it looks a bit tricky).

Which inevitably leads to a situation something like this:

Shelves of paper and card and dies and die-cutting machines and inkpads and peel-offs and boxes of little bits and pieces...

Big organiser boxes of more bits and pieces which tuck into corners of the room because they're too big to even fit onto a shelf, and jars and jars of buttons and ribbons and beads in every colour of the rainbow, all carefully organised by colour...

Drawers of glue sticks and glue dots and double-sided tapes and mini Xyron machines and mini Xyron refills and stamps and pencils and more inkpads and embossing powders...

Shoeboxes of completed mini-albums and mini-albums in progress and mini-albums yet to be filled and more drawers of paints and inks and sprays and Stickles...

Shelves of score-boards and paper-cutters and cutting mats and toolboxes containing needles and threads and Dymo label-makers and Dymo refills and pens and more scissors and jewellery pliers and laminators and laminating pouches and sewing machines and class notes and albums in progress...

And because one room is now full, in yet another room of the house, more shelves stuffed with paper and card and books and old magazines and albums of completed layouts...

And yet more paper and card in scraps of various sizes all organised by colour and boxes of brads and eyelets and charms and gems and bits and pieces...

And that's not even all of it!!

Hooray for Shimelle's new class :-)



I'm hoping to make a dent in all that stash - and make room for some more! ;-)

25 comments:

SarahLP said...

Hell, I thought I had a lot of stash.. at least yours is nicely organised! :]

scrappyjacky said...

Wow...someone with as much stash as me....though a lot better organised!!

Rhona said...

Makes me feel much better, I think you've got more than me ;o) (thought that could be because I've still got stuff in boxes in the garage from when we moved two years ago!!)

Denise said...

Hooray indeed for Shimelle's new class and I must say your stash is extremely tidy and organised!x

Irene said...

Wow! Mel, you have enough stash to sink a ship! Thanks for the comment on my blog.

Jennifer Rose said...

thats a lot of stuff!! o.0 but if we had more space, it would look the same here lol

Sian said...

That really is quite a lot of stuff! And I love the way having all the stuff means you have to go out and buy more stuff to put the stuff in..like the really cute glass jars from Ikea. A great post Mel!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I'm not even about to admit how big my stash is. I'm off to sign up for Shimelle's class now. LOL!
rinda

Clair said...

Although it looks a lot in pictorial form - that doesn't seem to do the immensity of your stash any real justice! Seeing your stash has certainly made me feel a little better about my own tendencies to stash things away for rainy day activities.

I've photographed a *much* smaller selection of my own stash today. Feel free to return the snide comments on my blog xxx

Cheri said...

From your "pre-work" post, Shimelle's class looks like it is going to be wonderful. But I'm already in over my head with what I'm signed up for right now, so I'm passing and will have to enjoy the class vicariously through you! Happy to say that since I started digi-scrapping, I have unloaded a lot of my "stash" ... that is if you don't count the 43+ gb of digi goodness that is my current digi-stash! ;)

Elizabeth (Beth) Moore said...

Wow... I can't believe that there are other papercrafters out there that have just as much STUFF as I do (if not more!)... Looking forward to seeing you in class!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

That is quite a stash! Good luck with the class!

Amy said...

That is a lot of stuff Mel!

melissa said...

yes, hooray for Shimelle and hooray for fellow magpies ;-)

Karen said...

I'm glad to see others with a huge stash. Although I have gotten rid of LOTS this winter, there is still plenty left. I am still on the fence about Shimelle's class. So much I already have on my list of things to do. . .

Ruth said...

Hooray! You're more than a match for me and my stash!

karen said...

Oh dear.You maybe sometime!!!

Jane said...

Soooooo organized!! Can't wait to see what you create with it all :) Looking forward to the class :)

Lizzie said...

You make me feel happy... It's good to know I'm not the only magpie in the world (well, I did know that - have you seen Shimelle's studio? And Jane Dean's? And some of our dear bloggy friends?)... but it's good to have a reminder.
Your stash is very well organised though.
I'm still in a state of flux with mine. Part of it is still down in the laundry room. Much of it is upstairs in the new studio, but I dont have my shelves yet... so it's in various places. A challenge to find things and to keep the desks tidy!
But I'll get there...
I could do with Shimelle's class, but I'm already up to my kneck in projects. I just daren't try it (not this time round anyway!).
Have fun and use up lots of stash!!
x

Scrappi Sandi said...

Ooooeeeerrrr!! & I thought my stash was mega!! You have quite a bit of stuff to work with there!! I can't wait for Wednesday!!!!!

furrypig said...

Great post Mel! You really summed up how I am about stash, sometimes just 'collecting' stuff! I wasn't brave enough to photo all my stash inc the chaotic piles of misc' bits! You are brave and I feel at home with your piles of stuff... prob more tidy than mine!!!

Deb said...

Cool. I don't feel nearly as guilty about all my stuff now that I've seen yours. ;o) Looks like a lot of fun stuff to play with!!!

xo

sharyncarlson said...

oh LOL, that's a lot of stash! great post, I think there's quite a few of us who could use Shimelle's class right now!

Nancyroo said...

oh my goodness! I love how neat and organized it is- please come over and do mine, LOL.

The Scrappy Tree said...

Tee hee, my smile got bigger and bigger as I carried on reading!