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12 April 2012



Oh, I hear you, sister! I collect to use, then hoard. But, like you, I've set out on a use-it-up track around here. It's kind of freeing in a way - no new stuff, just what I have on hand.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Francesca Di Leo

oh rebecca! those old hand written french documents, and tintypes.... oh my! know that they would be WELL taken care of in my home... lol xox can't wait to see what you do with them.

Jennifer Shoer (@ScrappyGen)

Hi Rebecca, Your blog is beautiful and I read all of your posts! I noticed that at least one of your pictures seems to have a name written on it. Perhaps it is from your own family, but if not, there are many genealogists who love to reconnect old photos and ephemera items with the descendants of the original owners. If you are interested, I can point you to some resources.

Happy Creating!


Sheila R

It is so good to hear that I am not the only one that collects beautiful things to create with and then hoards them. Can't wait to see what you do with these treasures!

Vicki K

I will be checking back for more encouragement in the hard-to-let-go endeavor. It's so funny how our minds can remember so many of even the smallest little things! And then how we can have an emotion about them...


I cannot wait to see what you make from them! You are so wonderfully creative!


I have the same "now or never" feeling. My studio needs a major cleaning, and this seems the perfect opportunity to use things I've been holding onto, or let them go. I hope I'm strong enough to do just that!


I'm with you in the stop hoarding, start using department, otherwise I can see drowning in a sea of paper.
xoxo Colette

Jani Howe

Ah, a kindred spirit! I, too, have been 'hoarding' various bits of 'stuff' and have recently now is the time to use them before we make a move and uproot my studio and find stuff to toss. Now, maybe this is accidental, but once I got into this project, I find I'm loving it! I pull out something that simply is a hanger-on and must be used, and then have a wonderful time finding all the bits to put with it to make it 'go'. It's been like a treasure-hunt. And, I think it is a good stretching exercise, putting my mind to work in a totally different way. So good luck with YOUR project as well, hope you find it as much fun as I have.


Ok you go first. I'll collect my courage right behind ya.

vickie Kolden

This really rang true to me...Stop hoarding my stash and start using it. I just got back from Quilt retreat so i am really motivated....Thanks!!!

Anne-Liesse Ankeny

I guess this comment kind of goes along with the no-hoarding thing. I have been recently following Shimelle Laine's blog and she has a scrapbook starting point that had a lot of tag-like embellishments on it. I was scrapbooking what my daughter's afternoon homework sometimes looks like so that she'll remember that in 15 years, and I used a long-hoarded sheet of Fresh Cuts--School Days on that page! I have held onto them because they just looked so useful, and on this layout they added a stacked up look without a lot of bulk. Kind of funny...
Have a great day!


Looks like you've started a "Scrapbook Supply Hoarders" support group here, ha ha! I too, am in the mode of staying out of the store and telling myself "use what you have, be creative, MAKE things". I've started asking myself BEFORE I buy, "what will I do with this? Where will I put it?", etc.. I'm certainly no minimalist but it's time for my supply stuff to go on a diet.
Blessings to you as always!!

Carolyn Peeler

I hear you on the tintypes and documents Rebecca. They are hard to part with, but I've been relaxing my grip on them too...

Hugs & love...

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