I have officially crafted with a monthly kit for one year. It got me back into scrapbooking after about a 7 year break. It has helped me in many ways, and I’ve become so used to it, it is hard to work without a kit now.
However, the most important thing I have gained from working with a monthly kit is learning to use new supplies and I actually enjoy using them up. This does not mean that I don’t cherish or love my supplies any less. This also doesn’t mean that I completely stopped hoarding things, but I don’t nearly as much as I used to.
Cutting a 12×12 paper that I absolutely love was a hard thing to learn to do. I would often find myself thinking that I might have another photograph or project that I might want to use it for in the future. I used to buy duplicates of the same paper because I might need two of them for a future project or I like both sides of it.
In the past year, I have bought just a few duplicates from things I received in my kits. The duplicates are all sitting in my stash right now. Maybe I will learn to stop doing that, but I am proud of myself for only buying a few duplicates. This has also translated to me not buying duplicates in stores.
A big part of learning how to do this was realizing how much I can “stretch” a piece of paper, or a sticker sheet. It is possible to use even a small part of a paper and still have it be highlighted in a layout.
I also learned that if I ever want to see that paper (or embellishment), all I have to do is look in my album. That sounds so silly, but it is new to me.
When I use that last scrap or last piece of ephemera, I feel satisfied and feel a sense of accomplishment. Again, that sounds silly, but it is new to me.
Knowing that I will receive a new kit filled with new goodies every month reasures me that there will be more “favorites” in the future and I don’t need to hoard what I just got. Receiving the kit every month also pushes me to scrap more and more consistently. I did have a few months where I didn’t touch my kits but I am mostly caught up now. It helps me keep track of time in a way.
I had an a-ha moment (that again sounds so ridiculously obvious but it was a big moment for me) a few months ago. If I want my stash to shrink, I actually have to use everything new that I get and then some. I looked around my craft room and realized I will never be able to use it all up, even though I bought everything with the intention of using every bit of it. I purged and donated a big lot of my stash after realizing this.
This is the newest Citrus Twist Kit I have received and I can’t wait to use it all up and see what comes out of it! (It was also a reminder to me that I still have supplies left from last month’s kit and I better get a move on it.)
Enjoy crafting everyone!