I knew I had a problem when I was at Michael's a few months ago and the friendly cashier said to me, "Have a good night. We will see you next Friday."
An alarm went off in my head, I had become a "regular" at the craft store. Not that there is anything wrong with being a "regular" anywhere. I never considered myself one of those "crazy scrapbookers" that I used to see buying up super mega packs of paper or miles and miles of ribbon. I have always just bought what caught my eye; never bought supplies in bulk, never loaded up a truck at warehouse sale.
But it is time to face the truth:
I am a crazy, hoarding supplies like there is no tomorrow, scrapbooking lady.
Okay, I said it. I feel so much better.
When my crafting hero, Heidi Swapp says, "make pretty stuff," I hear, "buy pretty stuff." Becky Higgins tells me, "cultivate a good life and record it," I hear, "cultivate a good life and buy it." Products from these two are my current addiction.
While I have current favorites I also have favorites from my nearly 20 years of scrapbooking that I can never get rid of because,
A) they don't make it anymore
B) I still intend to create that album
C) it is just too pretty to get rid of.
It's Making Memories people, at the time I bought it was some of the best product out there.
So I had an idea. What if I challenge myself to use my stash for a whole year. I mean I love the stuff in my stash. I should get it out, use it, put it on display in an album, share it with others, and enjoy it.
With this in mind the 2016 Bash Your Stash Challenge was born.
I will pay for prints, ink, adhesives, and sheet protectors. Other than that I will only use products from my stash in 2016.
I invite you all to join me January 1, 2016 for the Bash Your Stash Challenge. I really want this to be fun for everyone and I already have some ideas to share. I would love for us all to be able to share with each other. I have created the hashtag #bashyourstash2016, feel free to start using it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I can't wait! This is going to be awesome!
This is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more info.