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Overcome crafter's guilt (use up that stash!)

Hi friends, I am sure at some point each of us has dealt with what I am calling 'a crafter's guilt'

- I am not using my crafting time well enough,

- I have a growing stash of 'stuff' that should be put to use but isn't

- I took a vacation and I don't know how to restart crafting

and so on... Sometimes these voices are innocent enough while at other times they aren't.

Coming back from surgery had me in this state (and yes, I am not above blaming it on my out-of-whack hormones as a result of surgery). So today I decided to share several tips on how you can overcome guilt, at least part of it. I know not everything I say will be applicable to everyone, but I hope my ideas are at least somewhat helpful.

Implementing these ideas on myself I managed to put together 13 cards and a video where I walk you through these. Check it out:

For those of you who'd rather read the tips, here you go:

  1. Pull out some partially-made projects to get back into crafting after a break or vacation. Storage options could be file folders or journals with zip pockets or bins/boxes.

  2. Pull a few color-coordinated supplies and make a decision to "use them up"

  3. Batch the steps - repeat a step to more of something - like all die cutting or all stamping, or all coloring at once and then move to the next step.

  4. Use larger panels or cover the entire card front using patterned papers and add the remaining strip on the inside.

  5. Make sentiments or card bases in bulk and keep them ready.

  6. Don't throw away leftovers - after every few projects, take time to "use them up"

  7. Constrain yourself to only some limited supplies - stretch your creativity / challenge yourself to create with them. This also avoids the overwhelm of having to deal with so much stuff at one time.

  8. (This could be extreme for some of you!) Put a temporary hold on buying new supplies till you "use up what you have".

Here are all the cards:


For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used or the ones you can use for making similar cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!

Hugs! ~Varada


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